Education and Experience
2015 – present: Postdoctoral fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
2013 – 2015: Postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Prof. Bob Field)
2013: PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago (with Prof. Laurie Butler)
2008: BA in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College
My scientific interests are in atmospheric trace gas and aerosol detection techniques. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, reading, running, skiing, hiking, and doing crafts.
How I became a scientist
I always loved math games and puzzles as a kid, but it wasn’t until high school that I really discovered science as a passion. In college I did research in synthetic organic chemistry and was immediately hooked. It seemed too good to be true that I could get paid to do something I enjoyed so much! I got my PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Chicago, studying the gas-phase dynamics of reactive intermediates of bimolecular reactions that are common in the troposphere. From there, I did my postdoctoral work at MIT, where I used high resolution spectroscopic techniques (mostly rotational spectroscopy) to investigate small atmospherically-relevant molecules. Both of these experiences gave me a good background in fundamental chemical dynamics, but I knew I wanted to pursue atmospheric science more directly. So I started postdoctoral work here at NOAA last summer, working with cavity ringdown instruments that measure trace atmospheric gases such as NOx and ozone.
How my work benefits society
Anthropogenic emissions of NOx contribute to poor air quality and to global climate change. If we can better understand how NOx interacts with other trace species in the atmosphere, we can take steps to control these emissions and improve the world we live in for everyone. My research seeks to answer these questions.