I am an Atmospheric Scientist working as a Research Associate II at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC; http://bpcrc.osu.edu).
I completed my M.S. in 2010 and Ph.D. in 2013 in the Atmospheric Sciences program at The Ohio State University, where I was a Graduate Research Associate working with Dr. David Bromwich (http://polarmet.osu.edu/bromwich/) in the Polar Meteorology Group (PMG) at the BPCRC.
As a researcher, I apply my knowledge of the climate system to the Polar Regions of the Earth.
- My research has provided the unique opportunity to investigate weather and climate in both the Arctic and the Antarctic, to develop the high-performance computing skills necessary to model these challenging environments, and to evaluate these models both statistically and dynamically.
- Through this process, my appreciation for the interconnectedness of weather and climate and the impact that climate changes occurring in these regions have on other parts of the world has matured.
- I have forged important collaborations with peers within my area of expertise including those of large-scale atmospheric dynamics, closely-related fields such as paleoclimatology, and I have worked with researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Science, University of Toronto, and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.
As a teacher, I believe weather and climate are learned best through immersion.
- The crux of my teaching is to challenge students to place particular concepts within their realm of experiences.
- I lean on the concept of interconnectedness, challenging students to think about where they live and discuss the evidence they see that global warming is happening in their backyard.
- It is important to maintain a strong and active research program, from which important scientific discoveries may be woven into the fabric of teaching.
Through service, I feel like I make an impact in my community.
- I actively engage in educational activities with BPCRC including scientific lectures and tours to audiences ranging from elementary school to retirement communities.
- I have been invited to speak in many community settings including with the Ohio Department of Public Safety-Ohio Public Private Partnership, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.
- Through these activities, I have developed the ability to share research with scholars from other fields and teach the general public in informal settings.
- I have mentored an undergraduate student in Atmospheric Sciences Program at OSU and 4 high school students from Metro High School and New Albany High School in Columbus, Ohio.
- I also serve in the State Climate Office of Ohio as a steward of climate information and related education, research, and outreach services for the citizens of Ohio.