Synoptic-scale GFS plots of dynamic and moisture-related variables.
I am a fourth-year graduate student at the University at Albany, SUNY (M.S. 2019, Atmospheric Science), and an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville (B.S. 2016, Atmospheric Sciences, concentrations in Climatology and Weather Forecasting, minor in Mathematics). I am currently studying new ways to improve the short-term prediction of winter weather, focusing on lake-effect snow and orographic precipitation, under the advisement of Prof. Justin Minder.
During the past four years, I have been a member of the American Meteorological Society Student Conference Planning Committee, where I helped to organize the annual Student Conference the weekend before the Annual Meeting. In particular, I've helped as a chair or co-chair of the Integrated Warning Team sessions from 2017 to 2020, working with members of the AMS Committee on Emergency Management to plan the interactive sessions for undergraduate students.
When I'm not doing research, I enjoy playing music (keyboard and guitar) and exploring the outdoors during New York's varied seasons. In the summer and fall, you can find me hiking the Adirondacks, and in the winter, I enjoy snowshoeing around Albany.
Background and UNC Asheville
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, I grew up fascinated by extreme weather events impacting the Mid-Atlantic, specifically snowstorms as well as the occasional tropical storm or severe weather outbreak. While at UNCA, I worked on an independent research project studying mesoscale snow banding in two Southeast U.S. winter storms, and participated in two UNCA field projects (hikes to service a remote, high-elevation rain gauge network in the Smoky Mountains, and weather balloon launches during winter storms). During the summer of 2015, I also had the opportunity to attend the National Weather Center Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, where I studied the rain/snow transition zone in Sierra Nevada winter storms.
In addition, I was involved with the UNCA Student Chapter of the AMS, having served as Treasurer and then President. During that time, I helped plan guest speakers, develop a webpage for student local weather forecasts, collaborate with the local Asheville AMS professional chapter, and coordinate student trips to the AMS Annual Meeting in 2014 and 2016.