My interests

My scientific interests involve the measurement and analysis of trace gases in the atmosphere.  My Ph.D. work involved the re-design, deployment, and chemical model verification of the Penn State Measurement of Ozone Production Sensor (MOPS), which directly measures how fast ozone is produced in the atmosphere and helps to identify ozone production sources.. My current work involves the measurement and analysis of  trace gas aircraft measurements, specifically carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide, to help better understand North American carbon sources and sinks. My other interests include marathon running, cycling, and hiking. I love to travel for both work and leisure, and my greatest traveling experience was my summer abroad in Italy in 2010. 

How I became a scientist

I realized that I wanted to become a scientist in high school when I didn’t want to stop taking chemistry classes! Atmospheric chemistry was the perfect blend of chemistry, mathematics, and science for me. Researching this topic for graduate school allowed for me to continue to learn and contribute to this field.

How my work benefits society

The second-generation MOPS helped to contribute to some of the first ozone production rate measurements in the U.S. and helps us to understand and mitigate ozone pollution in urban areas. My current work can aid in understanding the North American carbon cycle, which can help to predict future climate change.