My interests

I’m interested in biogenic trace gasses, their atmospheric fate, and their influence on climate and on air quality. I like to split my time between fieldwork, developing instruments, and using computer models to evaluate and provide context for my field results. In my most recent research appointment, I work with miniaturized instruments to study aerosols and trace gas atmospheric distributions and emissions, which have important implications for climate and surface air quality. My husband and I also love traveling, climbing, skiing, and hiking in our spare time.

How I became a scientist

I first fell in love with earth science (and switched my major!) during a 3- month field trip across the western United States at Dartmouth College. Thereafter, I worked to develop new analytical techniques to measure trace gases in the surface ocean and traveled across the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and to Antarctica to pursue my research during my PhD at the University of British Columbia. Since becoming a postdoc in California (and now at NCAR), I’ve switched my focus to studying trace gas emissions in the lower atmosphere by plane and by drone.

How my research benefits society

My research on the climate active trace gas dimethyl sulfide documented important sources of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) using novel analytical techniques.  However, I think the greatest influence science can have on society is by entraining new students and communities into the atmospheric and ocean sciences. Exposing people to and involving people in new, exciting areas of research on climate change and air quality is a passion of mine.