Sophia is a Project Scientist in the Paleo & Polar Climate Section of the Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory. She earned a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2021, and trained as a postdoc at the University of California, Davis in 2022, before joining NCAR in 2023.

Sophia is broadly interested in past and future changes in regional to global water cycling. Sophia studies the water cycle from the perspectives of vegetation-atmosphere interactions, hydrological processes that underlie variations in water isotope ratios, and extreme rainfall events using Earth system modeling and paleoclimate proxy data.

Sophia is a steering committee member of the Paleoclimate Advances Webinar Series and a committee member of the 2024 Community Earth System Model Tutorial.

You have to know the past to understand the present.

Dr. Carl Sagan, 1980

Research Topics

  • Paleoclimate
  • Earth system modeling
  • Extreme rainfall
  • Vegetation-atmosphere interactions
  • Climate variability and change
  • Water isotopes