Education and Experience
B.S. in Meteorology, with minors in Math and Physics, from Valparaiso University
M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University
1997-1999: Service Climatologist for the Midwest Regional Climate Center
1999-Present: Meteorologist at National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), formerly known as the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
In her first years at the climate center, Karin focused on quality assurance and training with the Climate Data Modernization Program (CDMP). She has been a member of Climate Monitoring for the last 15 years, working on the operationalization of the Climate Extremes Index and creating the popular Climate at a Glance web tool. Karin supports the creation of the monthly Climate Monitoring Reports and most recently worked on the divisional dataset transition, nClimDiv. She also served as a team member on the NOAA California Drought Services Assessment in 2014-15. Karin currently works with NASA DEVELOP interns at NCEI who participate in 10-week intensive capacity-building projects geared towards enthusiastic and motivated college students and transitioning young professionals. She is an advocate for use-inspired product development and enjoys collaborating with other organizations to create meaningful products for a wide array of users.
Outside of work, Karin enjoys quilting, crocheting, singing, gardening, playing handbells and cello, and spending time with her husband and two children.
How I became a scientist
Growing up in South Bend, Indiana, Karin was exposed to a lot of crazy weather like severe storms, tornadoes, lake effect snow, and blizzards. She originally intended to become a teacher, but a safety seminar given by a local emergency manager introduced her to the world of meteorology.
How my work benefits society
Karin’s work at NCEI includes:
- Author/co-author/review scientific papers
- Dataset development
- Extremes research/product development
- BAMS State of the Climate Annual Report
- Web development
- Design and make datasets accessible via the web
- Interact with media, present at briefings/seminars
- Author U.S. climate reports
- K-12 educational outreach
- Work with partner agencies to develop meaningful (and useful) climate tools