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., 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