I am currently Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science at Purdue University in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Before starting at Purdue, I was an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, and I received my PhD in Atmospheric Science from MIT and B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Applied Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Between undergrad and grad school, I studied abroad in Montpellier, France, spent a summer as a volunteer teacher in Tamale, Ghana, interned at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and worked as a research associate at the Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, MD while living in Washington DC. Before my post-doc I went on a beautiful 2-month road trip across the western U.S.. I believe science requires imagination; I talk a bit about this in my Climate Scientists podcast episode with Dan Jones. I find a lot of inspiration from creative people and things outside of science: Imaginary Worlds ("how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief") and 99% Invisible; Donald Glover, Youth Lagoon, Kishi Bashi, Andrew Bird, Lizzo, and Lin-Manuel Miranda; Ali Wong, Dave Chappelle, and Trevor Noah; Antoni Gaudi, and Frank Lloyd Wright; Michel Gondry, Inside Out, Justin Willman (Magic for Humans), and Anthony Bourdain (RIP); and the many worlds children create and inhabit like Bluey, Kiri and Lou and Hilda. My wife Laura is Principal Analyst at CB Insights, and we have a fearless little daughter Maya and toddler son Sam. I'm ethnically ambiguous. A life goal of mine is to do a crossword puzzle scratch-off ticket in all 43 states that offer them.
Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
550 Stadium Mall Drive, HAMP 3221
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Email: drchavas @ gmail dot com
Purdue Weather and Climate Risk Internship Program
The Science of Global Warming