I am a Professor in the Department of Geography and Researcher at the Earth Research Institute, UCSB. I have a B.S. in Meteorology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, M.Sc. in Meteorology from the University of Utah and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California Davis. I have broad research interests in Dynamic Meteorology and Climate Sciences. Current research topics include the dynamics of the low-level jet and precipitation variability in South America, regional modeling of Sundowner winds in Santa Barbara, extreme fire weather behavior, climate change and wildfires in California.