I am an Atmospheric Scientist at The Ohio State University (OSU), holding a joint appointment as a Senior Research Associate at the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center (BPCRC) and OSU Extension-the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. I am also a contributing member to the State Climate Office of Ohio. As a nearly life-long Ohioan, I was inspired from a young age by the power of weather and have followed my passion with a deep commitment to this region. I have more than eight years of experience using state-of-the-art numerical models to solve weather- and climate-related research questions.
More recently, I use my expertise in Ohio weather and climate to assess hydrologic conditions across the state, helping to coordinate the state’s weekly contribution to the U.S. Drought Monitor activities at the National Drought Mitigation Center. I am passionate about educational outreach, dedicating many hours to serving BPCRC through tours and activities for students of all ages and participating in a wide range of engagement actives with OSU Extension, from county field day events to the Farm Science Review. I encourage everyone across the rural to urban gradient to think about “your climate change” and how changing weather extremes are impacting you where you live. I hope that by engaging in an open dialog on the science of climate change, we can bridge our expertise with the goals of improved decision making and effective adaptation to future climate impacts.