I'm an associate research scientist based within Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
I work in the field of meteorology and climate adaptation, focusing on developing countries and agriculture (particularly across Africa). My current research focuses on how rainfall is measured and used, especially for agricultural planning and index insurance. This ranges from research on rainfall statistics and satellite estimates of rainfall, to index design and basis risk assessment, to business analysis of insurance systems, to research on the impact of insurance on social equity. More recently, I've been working closely with different NGOs on their weather disaster response and monitoring.
I work closely with insurers, reinsurers, agricultural companies, policy makers, NGOs, businesses and other scientists and very much enjoy bridging the gaps between the different groups.
When I'm not working, I love cooking, gardening, Welsh rugby and books, and I can often be found telling tall tales with friends over a BBQ and a bottle of wine.