Hi all. I completed my M.S. in Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany, SUNY, in 2012. As a graduate student, I participated in the Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) program under the
supervision of Dr. Lance Bosart and Dr. Daniel Keyser. The CSTAR program is a collaborative effort between the university and the National Weather Service (NWS), through which graduate students, faculty, and NWS staff conduct reserach on various meteorological topics pertinent to operational forecasting. Specifically, my
research focused on the synoptic and mesoscale dynamics associated with ice storms in the northeastern U.S. Ice storms, which are historically most prevalent and destructive in the northeastern U.S., endanger human lives, undermine public infrastracture, and disrupt local and regional economies. Moreover, ice storms present a major operational forecast challenge due to the combined effects of synoptic, mesoscale, and microphysical processes on precipitation type. In consideration of these issues, we established three primary research objectives: 1) construct a cool-season climatology of ice storms, 2) identify environments conducive to ice storms and dynamical mechanisms responsible for freezing rain, and 3) provide forecasters with greater situational awareness of the synoptic and mesoscale processes that govern the evolution of ice storms. I am currently employed as a research support specialist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell University. My primrary research project involves downscaling global climate model output in order to estimate future changes in extreme rainfall events across New York State. These projections will ultimately be incorporated into climate change adaptation planning. I also provide technical support for additional research projects conducted by NRCC staff. Overall, my
interests lie in the areas of climatology, weather-climate interactions, and midlatitude synoptic and mesoscale meteorology.
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