iUTAH Team - Graduate Research Assistant
Utah State University
Understanding changes to future summertime precipitation associated with the North American Monsoon
iUTAH Research Focus Area
Jonathan's iUTAH research looks to improve understanding in how a changing climate will influence the North American Monsoon, which provides the majority of summertime precipitation in the Southwest United States. Jonathan's work aims to reduce bias in general circulation model data which Jonathan uses to run regional climate model predictions for the next century. With reduced bias in the data used to run his model, Jonathan will be able to reduce the uncertainties in future predictions of precipitation. Reduction of these uncertainties is crucial for the Southwestern United States, where water resources are already stressed and projected increases to population look to further exacerbate the problem.
Jonathan is a doctoral student in Climate Science in both the Watershed Science, and the Plants Soils and Climate Department at Utah State University. Jonathan received a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2010. His thesis focused on improving modeling techniques to better predict Lake Effect storm processes over Lake Erie; specifically, integrating high-resolution lake-ice fields into his model. Jonathan was born and raised in Greeley Colorado, where he attended the University of Northern Colorado for his bachelor's degree in Meteorology, with a minor in mathematics.