–> PDF of short CV (February 2017)
I am an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. I work on research that is at the interface between measurements and simulations. My general research explores the relationship between fires, climate, lightning, humans, and air quality. I teach two courses per semester at UNC Charlotte, which provides a great foundation to explore the science that I work on with students who study Meteorology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geology, and Geography, among other majors. Please browse my research website using the links above. My short CV is at the top of this page. I also try to keep my Publications and Presentations pages updated, and I’m active on twitter with posts about the atmosphere and climate.
I was a postdoc at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL
) in January 2007. My office was at NOAA GFDL, but I was a postdoc through the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science with Princeton University
. My supervisor at NOAA GFDL was Dr. V. Ramaswamy, an Atmospheric Scientist who is now the director of NOAA GFDL. I worked closely with Dr. Paul Ginoux
for over two years. After my NOAA GFDL postdoc, I started another postdoc with Professor Stephen Pacala
in the Princeton University
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department in January 2010. During my postdoc with Steve, I began developing the framework for a pretty advanced global fire model but then I left for this faculty job at UNC Charlotte, and teaching and my faculty responsibilities precluded a real advance on the fire modeling. Luckily, my colleague Dr. Sam Rabin really took this over and turned it into a wonderful PhD project at Princeton – Sam is now working a postdoc in Germany. The fire modeling combined with my interest in atmospheric physics and chemistry set me on a course of research that I continue to this day.
Undergraduate and Graduate Research
I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Physics and Applied Math from the University of Arizona
(UofA) in Tucson, Arizona, in 1998. While at UofA, I worked as an undergraduate assistant for Professor Kurt Thome* at the UofA Remote Sensing Group
, where for the first time, I experienced the excitement of data collection and analysis outside of physics labs. In 1999, I started my graduate studies in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences
at the University of Washington
in Seattle, Washington. I joined the Cloud and Aerosol Research Group where Professor Peter Hobbs
was my advisor until 2005 when he passed away from a battle with cancer. After 2005, my PhD advisor was Professor Qiang Fu
. While working with Peter, I went on two field campaigns (called SAFARI
and CLAMS) that served as the basis for my PhD Dissertation.
*Now at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in DC