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Gabbie Christo

Graduate Research Assistant; Advisor: Dr. Robert Trapp


I'm a first-year Master's student working with Dr. Robert Trapp on finding a relationship between convective overshooting tops (OTs) and hail size reported at the surface. Prior to starting my M.S., I graduated with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2022. During my undergraduate time, I gained a variety of experience in research, as a teacher's assistant, and through my Lapenta NOAA internship. As an undergraduate, I worked in an interdisciplinary field connecting Atmospheric Sciences to Civil Wind Engineering with Dr. Franklin Lombardo. I worked on estimating tornado wind speeds via Doppler radar analysis and treefall-pattern analysis, and compared the results to damage surveys. During the summer of 2021, I collaborated with Dr. Jeffrey McQueen and the air quality team at the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) for my William Lapenta NOAA internship. I investigated the performance of the Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS) - Aerosol during the 2019 Cloud and Aerosol Monsoonal Processes – Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex). During this project, I analyzed aerosol optical thickness, black carbon aerosol optical thickness and the vertical motion of black carbon along the flight track during the campaign.


University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

In progress - M.S. Atmospheric Sciences

2022 - B.S. Atmospheric Sciences - Minor: Business 

Awards and Honors

Ogura Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research | UIUC Department of Atmospheric Sciences | Aug 2021 - May 2022

Courses Taught

ATMS 120 Severe and Hazardous Weather | Teaching Assistant | Aug 2021 - May 2022

ATMS 140  Climate and Global Change | Teaching Assistant | Aug 2020 - May 2021