As an Ohio native and long time begrudging fan of Cleveland sports, I didn’t travel far to receive my B.S. in Chemistry at The Ohio State University. Through the guidance of my undergraduate research advisor Dr. Heather Allen, I made my way to the University of Colorado where I earned my Ph.D. in Chemistry while conducting research with Dr. Joost de Gouw and Dr. James Roberts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory (NOAA CSL). After earning my degree, I had the fortune of living in Mainz, Germany for a two year postdoctoral position in Dr. Jonathan Williams group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. I then returned to Boulder, CO as a research scientist and later a research chemist in the Tropospheric Chemistry group at NOAA CSL.
My current position is as the leader for the Science and Instrumentation group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Research Aviation Facility. Our facility is a national resource for the facilitation of airborne research in the geosciences. Researchers work through the National Science Foundation to request an aircraft (NSF/NCAR HIAPER GV, NSF/NCAR C130, and the University of Wyoming King Air) together with a wide range of in-house instrumentation to assist with their research.
Throughout my career I have maintained my own research interests with a common focus on the development of chemical ionization mass spectrometric (CIMS) techniques for the measurement of atmospheric gases. In recent years, my work has focused exclusively on the development of airborne CIMS instrumentation. My work has included many topics including urban air quality, oil and gas emissions, wildfire smoke impacts, marine chemistry and climate and the potential impacts of stratospheric climate intervention. I remain active in this research and will continue to pursue future opportunities that improve existing analytical techniques and provide accurate and precise data to advance the field of atmospheric sciences.
In my free time, I have a variety of hobbies and interests. I have a passion for outdoor activities such as fishing, where midsummer wading in a cold, refreshing river is my reset button, quiet retreat, and the place where I appreciate my connection to our planet the most. To keep active and energized I enjoy running, a cup of coffee in the morning, or some stress relieving meditation. My favorite ways to connect with friends include disc golf, trivia night at local breweries, and enjoying Colorado’s fantastic music scene.