I was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Unlike a large majority of meteorologists, I did not decide that I wanted to study the atmosphere at an early age, yet alone go on to pursue an advanced degree; I was more interested in being a pilot or a mountain climber. However, as I was beginning to look at the degree programs at the University of Oklahoma, I saw the prestige of the School of Meteorology. Throughout high school I did well in math and physics courses and after some research, I realized that the coursework for the meteorology program fit well with my skills. After a tour of the National Weather Center on campus, I was hooked. I was going to OU to be a meteorologist.
I began my undergraduate studies in 2012. Opportunities abound on the research campus around the National Weather Center, and I was quick to take advantage of it. In 2013, I went out on a limb and took a job at DTN (formerly Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.) as a Student Meteorologist/Developer. I learned a lot of real world skills and gained an edge over my peers by picking up software development and cloud computing skills. This is where I figured I would end up after graduation, but I was encouraged to also pick up an undergraduate research position with Dr. Phil Chilson and I soon was addicted to research. After this first research position, I was introduced into the BLISS research group and did some work on the PECAN dataset as well. I held these two research positions and my developer job at DTN until I graduated.
I ended up having the opportunity to stay at OU for graduate school and continue to work on my M.S. with Petra Klein and the rest of the BLISS group on a project dubbed Perdigão. This project involved redesigning the CLAMPS system and shipping it to a region in Portugal that contains two nearly parallel ridges in order to study the flow in and around them. This meant I was able to spend over a month in the Portuguese countryside immersed in another culture, and it has made a lasting impact on me. I used the data from this campaign to complete my masters work, which involved exploring the use of multiple Doppler LiDARs to retrieve the 3D wind field at heights that traditional meteorological towers cannot reach.
I was fortunate enough to get an offer to work with Dr. Chilson and the Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling on using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to measure planetary boundary layer. I’m currently looking into combining the remote measurements from CLAMPS and the in-situ measurements from UAS to better understand the atmosphere and possibly outline a system that combines the two paradigms. This has also allowed me to get out into the field often, which is one of my favorite things about the research I do.
Outside of school, I enjoy getting out on a soccer pitch, mountain biking, attending OU football games, and woodworking. I also have way too many cookbooks and love to get into the kitchen to try new things.