Pedro is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Geophysics where he studies climate dynamics with an emphasis on ENSO.
How did you get interested in what you study?
Climate Science found me -- yes, I like to think that callings find you -- five years after I finished my engineering degree and I still didn't know exactly what I wanted to do career-wise. I fell for it immediately because it is a discipline that requires knowledge of math and physics, subjects that I loved since high school, but also intuition and abstraction, abilities that are key to understanding complex systems, like the Earth.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently exploring the predictability of El Niño and La Niña, recurrent patterns of warming and cooling in the tropical Pacific that have weather and climate impacts through the world.
What advice do you have for people just getting started in your field?
Climate Science studies interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land and ice. Therefore take your time to build a strong foundation in dynamics (geophysical fluids) and thermodynamics. Also: become a good programmer, you'll save a lot of time processing and analyzing our exponentially growing amounts of data.
What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
Spend time with my husband and our two dogs, Barry and Reilly. On my alone time I like to do yoga, biking, or gardening.