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. This work was published in Monthly Weather Review in September 2019.
Following this I took part in the 6-week intensive operations period for the RELAMPAGO field campaign in Córdoba, Argentina. Using data from the campaign I investigated how cold pools and the other convective components are influenced by complex terrain.
I am currently working on my PhD. and investigating how hail formation, processes, and characteristics will change in a future climate.
Additionally, I work on issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the geosciences by serving as a member on the AMS Board on Representation, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Diversity (BRAID; formerly the Board on Women and Minorities). Since 2019, I have been a board member for the Students Advising on Graduate Education (SAGE) committee through the Graduate College at UIUC where I have worked on DEIA and student success initiatives.