I am interested in better understanding what determines the spatial distribution and timing of tropical rainfall. This has broad implications for society and ecology. Currently, I am studying the mechanisms of monsoon variability using the moist static energy budget in an atmospheric general circulation model. My Ph.D. advisor is Dr. Yi Ming.


Smyth, J.E. and Y. Ming “Developing a holistic understanding of monsoon formation with idealized model simulations and theories” in prep. for submission to Journal of Climate

Smyth, J.E. and Y. Ming (2020). “Characterizing drying in the South American monsoon onset season with the moist static energy budget” Journal of Climate, 33 (22), 9735-9748doi: /10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0217.1.            PDF

Smyth, J.E., S.A. Hill, Y. Ming (2018). "Simulated responses of the West African monsoon and zonal-mean tropical precipitation to early Holocene orbital forcing." Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 12049–12057, doi: 10.1029/2018GL080494 

Smyth, J.E., R. Russotto, and T. Storelvmo (2017). “Thermodynamic and dynamic responses of the hydrological cycle to solar dimming.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: GeoMIP Special Issue, 17, 6439-6453, doi: 10.5194/acp-17-6439-2017