My interests

My current research interests include the study of air quality, specifically particulate matter, and how it impacts people. In the past my research interests have included the microphysics of precipitation and statistical sampling variability. When not in class or doing research, I love to explore where I live by running and hiking or traveling to explore new places with my friends and family.

How I became a scientist

I have loved science and math for as long as I can remember. My parents encouraged the analytical thinking from an early age with an obnoxious amount of puzzles. My interest in atmospheric science began when I experienced a (minor) hurricane first hand in South Carolina as a 10 year old. However after a trip to India in high school, my interests shifted towards environmental studies and humanitarian work. I applied to colleges for their environmental studies programs but wound up at a school with only an environmental studies minor. Needing a major I settled on physics, remembering I enjoyed the subject in high school. Through several meteorology classes offered by the physics department, I rediscovered my fascination with the atmosphere and began working on research projects with the only atmospheric scientist at my university. Four years later, here I am as an atmospheric science graduate student working on a project that combines all my professional interests (the atmosphere, environment, and impacts on society) and I love it.

How my work benefits society

My current work is part of a collaborative effort between atmospheric scientists and epidemiologists that aims to characterize correlations between the presence of wildfire smoke and detrimental health effects on people in wildfire prone areas, such as the Western United States.