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., 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
Smyth, J.E., S.A. Hill, Y. Ming. "Simulated responses of the West African monsoon and zonal-mean tropical precipitation to early Holocene orbital forcing"