I am a PhD candidate in the Program for Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT. I am also a participant in the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. My supervisor is Paul O'Gorman. I hold a bachelor's degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Oxford University (University College).
My research interests are atmospheric dynamics, the hydrological cycle, and climate change. In particular, I am interested in understanding the water cycle over land and how it responds to changes in climate. Recently I have also been working on a simple theory to estimate the magnitude of the "land-ocean surface warming contrast" whereby, under warming scenarios, land surface temperatures tend to increase to a greater extent than ocean surface temperatures. Future work will focus on the role of land surfaces in determining the onset, strength, and extent of monsoon circulations.
You can reach me by email byrnem...at...mit.edu, by phone at 617.253.1984, or by foot in office 54-1815.