I am a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology   since 2016. Currently, I am working on monsoon and tropical dynamics in the Land Department (Director's group) in CliCCS – Climate, Climate Change and Society, Cluster of Excellence. A4 - African and Asian Monsoon Margins. I have worked previously with Dr. Johann Jungclaus within the project PaCMEDy - Paleoclimate Constraints on Monsoon Evolution and Dynamics in the Holocene. I am an expert in tropical dynamics, specifically on how mean meridional circulation (e.g. Hadley Circulation) changes with time and under different forcing, and its link with energy. I am also working on the ITCZ shifts and precipitation response to orbital forcing, vegetation and dust cover changes. 

My research interests span large-scale atmospheric dynamics, hydrological cycle, ocean dynamics and climate change. 

Since 2019 I am co-convening the Global Monsoon and I am the main convener of Energy & Dynamics in the Earth System sessions at EGU. 

In 2018, I have been awarded the Early Career Scientist Best Poster at SPARC conference in Kyoto for my work on moisture budget decomposition in past and future climates. 

I completed my PhD in 2016 at the University of Salento (Lecce, Southern Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Piero Lionello. The main goal of my PhD research was the response of the Hadley Circulation to climate change. Using a wide range of simulated climates, I sought to better understand the response of the mean meridional circulation to various forcing scenarios (from LGM to RCP8.5). Furthermore, a particular emphases was placed on analyzing the evolution of the Hadley Circulation over the last century in ECMWF reanalyses (D’Agostino, R., & Lionello, P. (2016). Evidence of global warming impact on the evolution of the Hadley Circulation in ECMWF centennial reanalyses. Climate Dynamics, 1-14 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00382-016-3250-0).  Since 2015, I am collaborating with Prof. Tapio Schneider and Dr. Ori Adam.