Assistant Professor, Penn State University

About me

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I am currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. Prior to moving to State College I was a Project Scientist I jointly in the Climate and Global Dynamics and Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology laboratories at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO following an Advanced Study Program (ASP) postdoc. I completed my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan under Christiane Jablonowski. Prior to that, I received an M.S. in Environmental Engineering while working with Tami Bond at the University of Illinois. My undergraduate degree is also in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University. Of course, I am still a native New Englander at heart, having grown up in rural Connecticut.

My research is, broadly, centered around simulating extreme atmospheric phenomena in both weather and climate frameworks. In particular, I exploit novel numerical techniques and next-generation variable-resolution global models to achieve regional refinement in a computationally-efficient manner. This area allows for multiple avenues of research interest, including regional weather and climate prediction on timescales ranging from days to decades, the development of scale-aware sub-grid physical parameterizations, and software engineering on petascale computing systems. I have also used these techniques to investigate tropical cyclone dynamics in global climate models and to improve the community's capability to objectively detect weather extremes in climate data.