About Me

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I am currently a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University studying atmospheric science in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. My primary research focus is on African easterly waves (AEWs), and my main interest in AEWs is the mechanisms through which these waves grow. These weather systems are known precursors to a majority of Atlantic hurricanes and have a significant impact on west Africa during the summer months. Despite their impact and the decades of work done to clarify the mechanisms responsible for these waves, there is still plenty of work to determine what drives the development of African easterly waves. For more about my work on AEWs, check out my current research page

Before I came to graduate school, I received B.S. degrees in both physics and mathematics, also from North Carolina State University. Although I'm in a different field now, the concepts transfer to atmospheric dynamics beautifully!

Research & Academic Interests

My general research interests include:

  • African easterly waves (AEWs)
  • Spatial instability
  • Convectively coupled tropical waves
  • The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)
  • Numerical modeling

I'm also interested in a few tangentially related subjects:

  • Geoscience education & improving education
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Astrophysics

Outside of Academia

Some of my interests outside of include:

  • running & cycling
  • racquetball & tennis
  • hiking
  • traveling