I am a graduate student at UIUC. I grew up in North Carolina and completed my undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University. While there, I worked on several research projects, including an analysis of the behavior of African Easterly Waves and their role in producing tropical cyclones in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which I completed with Dr. Anantha Aiyyer. While there, I interned for the North Carolina Climate Office in Raleigh. I've had the opportunity to work in a variety of fields within meteorology, including data analysis, climatology, research, and applied meteorology and forecasting.
My research interests are primarily with synoptic-dynamic analysis. Having spent time in the past studying tropical cyclones, and now focusing mainly on Arctic cyclones, I've spent a long time studying the structure and behavior of these systems at the macroscale.
I'm currently conducting research with Dr. Zhuo Wang and Dr. Bob Rauber at UIUC. I am studying the transition of midlatitude cyclones into Arctic cyclones, a process which has been studied much less than the analogous transition of tropical cyclones to midlatitude systems. This is partly due to a lack of surface and satellite data around the poles, and partly because polar cyclones tend to have less direct impact on human society than midlatitude and tropical cyclones. I am applying some of the same tools used to study extratropical transition to the subject of Arctic transition, with the goal of better understanding the short- and long-term ramifications of Arctic cyclones on the atmospheric, oceanic, and even climatic circulations near the poles.
B.S. Meteorology - North Carolina State University
ATMS 302 (Dynamics 1): Teaching Assistant, Fall 2020