1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
I joined the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois in Fall 2016. Prior to this I attended the University of Louisiana-Monroe for my bachelor's degree in atmospheric science while minoring in history. During this time, I participated in the Gulf Coast Region Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) hosted at Texas A&M University and was an intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory.
I completed my Master's degree in Summer 2018 where I worked with Dr. Sonia Lasher-Trapp on a DOE-ASR sponsored project investigating the microphysical influences on cold pool properties. Specifically, we looked at the effects of microphysical processes in rain, graupel, and hail production and their influence on cold pool development. To investigate this we used the CM1 model to perform high-resolution simulations on the NCSA Blue Waters Supercomputer. The link to our recently published manuscript can be found here: https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/MWR-D-18-0382.1
In Fall 2018 I took part in the 6-week intensive operations period for the RELAMPAGO field campaign in Córdoba, Argentina. Following the campaign I analyzed the collected data to investigate how cold pools and the other convective components are influenced by complex terrain. Results from this work were presented at the 2020 AMS Annual Meeting as a part of the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Conference for which I received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award.
My current PhD. work investigates how hail formation, processes, and characteristics will change in a future climate. To do so we are using the pseudo-global-warming (PGW) method of modifying historical severe weather event environments using climate change deltas obtained from several CMIP5 and CMIP6 models. This allows for a better physical understanding of the underlying processes driving these changes, whereas previous studies tend to use environmental proxies or statistical methods to try and understand hazard changes in a future climate.
In addition to research, I am also passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the geosciences and graduate education as well as mentoring younger scientists. In this regard, I serve on a number of committees both at the University of Illinois and the American Meteorological Society. Please view my CV for more details on these efforts.
If you are interested in learning more about my work, please contact me!
- M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
- B.S. Atmospheric Science, cum laude, University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2016
- Minor in History