Head in the clouds.
I've been staring up at the sky as long as I can remember. As a young child, I had dreams about earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and other phenonema, and decided to study them when I grew up. Years after collecting data from home-made weather instruments, my interest in earth science led me to pursue my bachelor's degree in Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines.
In between staring at computer screens, I still stare at the sky. My fascination with the atmosphere and passion for understanding out changing climate led me to pursue a PhD at Stanford University in the Department of Earth System Science with Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh. My research interests lie on the intersection of atmospheric science and climate change impacts. My dissertation studied US west coast atmospheric rivers (rivers in the sky!) in the recent observational record and how they behave in conditions of a changing climate.
Feet on the ground.
As a pandemic-era doctor (i.e., someone who finished their PhD in 2020/2021), I was deeply affected by watching how my local communities and the public grappled with the compounding disasters of COVID-19, the CA heatwaves & Western US wildfires, and how intersectional (in)justice was ever-present in these realities.
My commitment to serve society through my research led me to the research-to-action, transdisciplinary, co-production model of research. I'm currently learning from and working with Dr. Heidi Roop at University of Minnesota.
In addition to my scholarly research and practice, I am passionate about helping develop communities who can provide care and transformation around them. I also enjoy traveling, exploring new food, tasting coffee, and listening to podcasts.