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Currently, I serve as Climate Advisor Fellow within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF). I work within the Bureau for Africa’s Office of Sustainable Development. Here, I provide technical support and training on climate, public health, water, sustainability issues.

I have served as Co-Lead of the Global Ocean Corps and Conveyor, an endorsed program of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Within Ocean Corps, I have facilitated educational and capacity-building programs including the Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Nigeria and Ghana.

Additionally, I am a founding member of The Oceanography Society JEDI Committee and a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Water Resources CommitteeIt is important to me to uphold and build on goals that strengthen our ability to go further together in STEM and society.

Previously, I completed my postdoctoral fellowship within the Hydroclimate Research Group of Johns Hopkins University. As part of interdisciplinary weather-health projects,  I investigated Amazon Rainforest rainfall and floods, which also serve as predictors for malaria risk.  

I earned my Ph.D. and M.S. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego within the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) and Norris and Miller Groups. My dissertation defined and described extreme variations in the rain-snow transition elevation during California storms, many of which are considered atmospheric rivers. I earned a B.S. at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, graduating with a double major in meteorology and hydrology and a minor in mass communication.

As part of my journey, I have completed several specialty-area training experiences, including opportunities with the NOAA North Central River Forecast Center, CNN Domestic and International Weather, and a Bahamas paleoclimate NSF REU. I was also part of the DEEPWAVE field campaign centered on atmospheric gravity waves and cloud stereo photogrammetry in New Zealand, and trained in science journalism at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (refer to Media page). 

In addition, I completed a NASA Goddard research experience focused on the spatial patterns and large-scale drivers of western U.S. atmospheric rivers and precipitation. I also completed the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium and served as an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Voices for Science Advocate and a Scripps and Moravian College Delegate during United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences of the Parties (UNFCCC COPs).

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I enjoy spending time in nature, swimming, bike-riding, exploring new places and recipes.

Thank you to individuals and organizations who show support in my endeavors.


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