Lewis Mitchell will move to faculty position at University of Adelaide
I’ve been an MCRN postdoc for almost the past 3 years, working with Chris Danforth and others at the University of Vermont (and elsewhere!) as part of the data assimilation (DA) group. Now that my position is drawing to a close I’m returning to my homeland of Australia to take up a lecturer position in applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide — the city of churches (and pubs). During my time here I’ve greatly enjoyed the challenge of working with members at other MCRN institutions across the US, as well as organizing online DA meetings, conference sessions, workshops and giving many talks at many great meetings around the world. I’m thankful to MCRN for introducing me to such a fine group of excellent climate scientists and mathematicians whom I look forward to crossing paths with for many years to come, and to the Computational Story Lab at UVM for greatly broadening my research horizons and introducing me to heaps of crazy new ideas. It has been an amazing experience working with each of you, and I hope that this is just the beginning of a lifetime of both collaborations and friendships. As for the future: I’ve just completed some work on model error treatment within DA, and I’m looking forward to connecting researchers in Adelaide with MCRN to work on a wide range of problems. These include climate-relate topics such as DA, model error, parameter estimation, Lyapunov vectors and public opinion on climate, as well as broader topics such as predictability in general, and the dynamics and information transfer of human social systems. Please consider Adelaide for your next holiday or (SAVI-assisted?) research trip overseas! It will be my pleasure to take you to a cricket match at the country’s finest ground, and to introduce you to Australia’s wine country.