2013 – Present: Ph.D. Student in Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming
2010 – 2013: M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Wyoming
2006 – 2010: B.S. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego
I’m currently studying the physics of aerosol particles, and specializing in developing instruments to better study aerosols’ optical properties. I love all outdoor sports, from hiking and backpacking to rock climbing and skiing. I live outside of Laramie on beautiful land with my two horses, two dogs, and two cats.
How I became a scientist
In my early education, I always loved mathematics above all other topics. My second love, however, was physics, and these math and physics classes were what captivated me far more than any other field. Thus, I began college assuming that a solid foundation in these two things would allow me to do pretty much any science I wanted. Post college, I was drawn to the geosciences because I hoped it would allow me to work outside. I transitioned from doing graduate level seismology to atmospheric science when I realized that the atmosphere is changing at an infinitely greater rate than the deep earth, and that in atmospheric sciences, the opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to the world abound. I love how empowering my education in the physical world has been, as I apply it to better comprehending the world around me in daily life.
NASA Wyoming Space Grant recipient 2015
Selected to attend the Advanced Climate Dynamics Course of 2015 in Iceland