Notable Science Adventures

My Ph.D. Defense (June 2018)

In June 2018, I defended by Ph.D. dissertation in a room of colleagues, friends, and family. This was such an amazing day that I still love re-living in my head 🙂

Along side of my Masters and PhD research, I’ve done quite a few fun things. Some highlights of my non-formal research are captured below:

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2016)

In Fall 2016, I was President Obama’s last Environment and Energy (E&E) intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Environment and Energy division with President Obama’s Science Advisor/OSTP Director

NASA – DISCOVER-AQ Air Quality Field Mission (2011-2014)

From 2011 – 2014, I participated in 3/4 of NASA’S DISCOVER-AQ field campaign. These deployments locations consisted of: Edgewood, MD, Huron, CA, and Golden, CO where I had the opportunity to collect air quality data at the surface, by tethered balloon, and by plane. Huge shout out to Dr. Richard Clark at Millersville University (where I did my undergrad) for providing amazing undergraduate opportunities to his students.

During DISCOVER-AQ, I not only learned atmospheric chemistry, how instruments work, how to calibrate them using span gas, and how to man a tethered balloon with 65 lbs of lift, but I also learned how to build a shed from particle board and 2x4s, build a Quonset hut (and how to spell it), and tie more types of knots than I’ll ever need.

DISCOVER-AQ Colorado – Golden, CO Millersville Univ. and EPA research trailers
Millersville Univ. research trailer being used to help build the Quonset hut used for tethered balloon and instrument storage in Huron, CA.
Tethered balloon taking meteorological and chemical measurements during DISCOVER-AQ in Golden, CO

NASA Marshall Flight Center and University of Alabama Huntsville Research Experience for Undergraduates in Heliophysics (2012)

In 2012, I spent 4 months in Huntsville, Alabama participating in a heliophysics REU. During this time, I mostly worked on the meteorology behind Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs).

REU 2012 participant group
Caving in Alabama!