I was born and raised in Chicago suburbia, wherein I grew up nurturing a love for thunder and snow, as well as a habit of staying outside until it's about to pour with my dad. Those days I turned to reading avidly to keep my imagination running wild. Currently, life as a postdoc has kept me both reading, writing, and coding enough to fulfill both my passion for the natural world and need for a creative outlet.
As a graduate student I chaired the Department's Graduate Student Association Recruitment committee, traveled from Hawaii and Norway and many places in-between, and became deeply interested in the intersection between research and policy. I attended the American Meteorological Society Policy Colloquium in Washington D.C., 2017, and participated in an Advanced Climate Dynamics Course in Rondane, Norway shortly thereafter.
As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison I worked in a plasma physics laboratory where I learned how to wire, solder, silver braise, etc., also participating in the Wonder of Physics outreach event for children. During junior year I was awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) internship at Oregon State University where I studied CMIP5 models' representation of the thermohaline circulation during the Last Glacial Maximum with Dr. Andreas Schmittner. The REU also doubled as a 10-week brewery field trip!