I was grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia called Mount Laurel, New Jersey. During heavy rain events the creek, next to my house, would fill up from all the run off and sometimes even flood into the street. Seeing what was sometimes a devastating event take place right in my neighborhood had a major impact on me as a child. I can remember setting up a pretend news room in my garage and walking out toward the creek for “live coverage.” Since then my focus has changed. While I know the importance of the broadcast meteorologist, who warn people and ultimately help save lives; I have ended up on the research side of meteorology.
I studied meteorology at UNC Charlotte and received my Bachelor’s degree December 2016. In the process of doing that I was so fortunately able to take part in Colorado State University’s Atmospheric Science REU in the summer of 2015 and a research internship here, at UNC Charlotte, in the summer of 2016. Both of these experiences have had lasting impacts on my life and academic career. I will be continuing on with the research I started the summer of 2016 on Diagnosing Thunderstorm Induced Power Outages. The study will focus on mesoscale convection features like microbursts, severe straight-line winds, tornadoes, and lightning to be incorporated with surface datasets such as population density, land use/cover and antecedent soil moisture to develop a multiple regression statistical model that will help better predict when, where and the magnitude of power outages locations.
In my spare time, I like to do most anything outside. I enjoy getting to go for a nice hike and have just started to get my feet wet when it comes to backpacking. Yoga is one of my favorite things to do; I have been practicing for a few years now. I love getting to spend time with my friends and family and try to do so as much as possible.