My interests

My research is focused on the intersection of the energy budget and the hydrologic cycle—primarily the relationship between atmospheric radiative cooling and precipitation. Recently, my interests have expanded to include precipitation efficiency and convective aggregation. Outside of my research I enjoy music, traveling, and being outdoors—especially biking, hiking, camping, and backpacking.

How I became a scientist

I’ve always enjoyed science and math, and combined with my interest in the environment, a major in Environmental Science was fitting. My degree provided the freedom to explore a range of interests, and as an undergraduate I conducted several years of research in river hydrology and restoration, and participated in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Eco-Informatics, where I was first introduced to atmospheric and climate science. After graduating, I took a detour in my scientific career and spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where I worked with small communities to develop mitigation strategies to a changing climate. I then returned to my roots in science, and am now back in school as a graduate student studying Atmospheric Science.

How my work benefits society

Currently, precipitation is among the most poorly simulated processes in general circulation models (GCMs). My work aims to better understand what constrains the hydrologic cycle, and in doing so, will help improve the way that precipitation is represented in these models. Improved GCMs means better climate predictions, which are necessary to prepare and adapt to climate change.