I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah working under the advisement of Dr. John Lin. Currently, I am investigating the influences of wildfires on CO2, CO, and PM2.5 concentrations across the western U.S. using the Stochastic Time-Inverted Lagrangian Transport model (STILT) coupled with the WRF-ARW. Using the STILT model, we can derive the upwind surface influence for atmopsheric measurement locations, which allows us to quantify the impacts of wildfires on air quality and climate. In addition to this work, I am also using STILT combined with a dust emission model in order to quantify the impacts of wind-blown dust across the Wasatch Front along with determining the predictability of such events in an operational setting.

I graduated from Plymouth State University's (PSU) Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry during the spring of 2012 with a M.S. in Meteorology. Under the advisement of Dr. James Koermer, I investigated the necessary conditions for icing across the Presidental Mountain Range using the WRF model for the NASA EPSCoR Icing Assessments in Cold and Alphine Environments project. I also recieved my B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany in 2010.

I have a broad range of research interests that includes numerical weather prediction, air pollution, fire meteorology, mountain meteorology, and climate.

Figure 1: A WRF-STILT model simulation of atmospheric transport within the Salt Lake Valley for July 18th 2012. Colder colors respresent trajectory locations that are further back in time.

Research Group I am part of Dr. John Lin's research group in the Department of Atmopsheric Sciences at the University of Utah. More information about the group can be found here...

Contact info The University of Utah
Department of Atmospheric Science
WBB Room 723