My research focuses on understanding fundamental physical processes of climate variability, predictability, and change. A key goal of my reserach is to improve climate forecasts on seasonal-to-decadal timescales. This requires a better understanding of the mechanisms driving climate variability and climate change, as well as the development of improved climate prediction systems. In addition, I am very much interested in expanding the field of multi-year predictions to include other societally relevant variables and Earth system processes, including soil moisture, wildfire variability, forest growth and marine ecosystem productivity. Outcomes from these studies potentially cover agriculture, renewable energy, water management, fisheries stock assessment, and coastal planning, by providing reasonable predictions for precipitation, temperature, sea level rise, and wind patterns.