I am currently working with the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory Atmosheric Sciences and Modeling Division located in College Park, MD as part of the HYSPLIT development team. More specifically, I am a part of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Volcanic Hazards Initative group working to improve the volcanic ash modeling and forecasting tools used by various customers. HYSPLIT trajectories for current volcanic activity can be found here.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with my PhD in December 2018. My thesis centered around air quality for the Eastern United States. Most recently, I have examined Volatile Organic Compounds from an aircraft campaign in May 2017 along the Long Island Sound and New York City metropolitan area. I also published a paper on the effects of class 3 Marine Vessel emissions on coastal air quality for the Chesapeake Bay and NYC metropolitan areas. The paper can be found here.
My Masters work focused on determining an algorithm to derive the natural background production of NOx from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) observed column data. The main natural source for NOx in the atmosphere is lightning, therefore use of ground based lightning detection networks like the World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) was required. We narrowed our study to the Gulf of Mexico geographic region to maximize detection efficency of WWLLN. This research was supported by Drs. Ken Pickering and Dale Allen. This paper can be found here.
I graduated in May 2010 from the University of Miami with a BS in Chemistry and minors in Business Administration, Marketing, and Biology. I was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, a founding brother and treasurer of the Delta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society, president of the Canes Emergency Response Team, and vice president of the Chemistry Club. I served as the student body representative on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, and worked in the Butler Center for Service and Leadership under the Vice President of Student Affairs.
After graduating from the University of Miami, I joined AmeriCorps and served as a VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) in Montgomery, West Virginia for the Morris Creek Watershed Association (MCWA). The area was once heavily mined, and abandoned mine shafts now snake through the mountains. These shafts allow ground water to seep in and absorb iron compounds. This water then leaks into the streams greatly reducing the pH and killing wildlife. MCWA seeks to treat this toxic water restoring the stream to a clean condition.