One inspiration for starting this blog was that everyone he met, even far from academic circles, seemed genuinely curious about climate change. More often than not, the topic would come to hijack many conversations in very diverse social contexts, from his downstairs neighbor in Harlem, to his transatlantic airplane neighbor, to backstage conversations at music festivals. At one of those, the nickname “El Niño” was imprinted onto him, and it stuck. He had always looked about 5 years younger than he actually was, has a youthful exuberance for science, and has spent the past decade studying the dynamics of El Niño – Southern Oscillation – so it was not a bad nickname.
He likes to engage in dialogue with people about climate change and environmental consciousness. He would like to think that he can discuss those things courteously with everyone, regardless of their education, as long as they are equipped with Reason. He has met many people in his life; some of the smartest never went to college. Some of them did get educated in very different fields, have their own questions about climate science, and he wants to address them too. He tries to make climate science accessible, even tough he can sometimes geek out on technicalities… If some equations scare you in one post, scroll to the next one.
Much to his dismay, Reason is an increasingly scarce currency in the rows of climate skeptics, which makes courteous discussions rather difficult. This is a continual challenge that he tries to address with good humor, but sometimes he lets out a punch or two. It’s hard to stay Zen when there is so much at stake, which is why he needs to practice on a blog.
More professional information may be found on his professional page.
Is a climate scientist working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is still shy, so he hasn’t filled up his profile yet. You may nonetheless read his contributions to the Twitterverse here.