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Dr. A. Park Williams
Postdoctoral Researcher

Los Alamos National Lab


Park was born on the 7th of June, 1981 at the Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, California and immediately moved in with his parents. Aside from overnight stays at friends' houses, he lived with his parents in Folsom, CA until he was 18 years old. Park began college at the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and graduated with a BS degree through the Earth Systems Science Department in 2003. While in college, Park had the opportunity to live and do field work in southwest Costa Rica, studying how to more efficiently grow valuable crops in poor tropical soils with Dr. Lynn Carpenter. During his experience in Costa Rica Park realized that he wanted to continue his education. After graduating in June 2003, Park, with Park's life co-captain Brian, put all 50 states in a hat, pulled out Washington, and moved to Seattle for the summer. Park and Brian worked as hosts at the Olive Garden and spent all of their money. Brian met his wife, and Park returned to California to join Dr. Christopher Still and the UCSB Geography Department in the Fall of 2003. Park earned his Ph.D. in September 2009 with a dissertation titled 'Tree Rings, Climate Variability, and Coastal Summer Stratus Clouds in the Western United States.' After earning his Ph.D. Park worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Chris Funk at UCSB, researching how increasing temperatures in the Indian Ocean may be related to a long-term intensification of drought conditions in eastern equatorial Africa. In April 2011 Park began a new postdoctoral research job at Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico with Dr. Nate McDowell and Dr. Michael Cai. They are investigating what makes trees die and relate that knowledge to how global climate variability impacts variability in global forest cover.