My interest in climate science first arose by chance when I caught part of an interview of Dr. James Hansen on NPR in my freshman year of college. Listening later to the interview in its entirety sparked my curiosity in how a scientific problem like climate change can have such profound implications for not only the natural world, but for a myriad of societal issues as well. Following this revelation, I went on to study atmospheric and oceanic sciences at Stony Brook University, and climate science applications in the Climate and Society program at Columbia University.
After graduating, I worked as a climate analyst at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies with Cynthia Rosenzweig as a part of the Climate Impacts Group and the Center for Climate Systems Research. There, my work utilized global and regional climate model output to study climate variability and climate change at the regional scale, and to help develop impact assessment model scenarios for agriculture, infrastructure, health, and water resource applications. In conjunction with my research, I was also involved in several research projects including the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), and the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN).
I'm currently working on research at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Cryospheric Science Laboratory with Thorsten Markus and Tom Neumann on green laser light penetration into snow. The goal of this research is to better quantify the reflection and scattering that occurs at the air-snow interface in support of NASA's ICESat-2 mission. My other research interests include natural climate variability, climate change, hydroclimate, climate teleconnections, and societal impacts of climate change.