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University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2004 - 2011
Doctor of Philosophy received April, 2011, Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
Doctoral Qualification topic: “Causes of Reduced Storm Activity in a General Circulation Model Simulation of the Last Glacial Maximum”
Dissertation title: “Radiative and dynamic controls of global scale energy fluxes”
Committee: David Battisti (Chair), Gerard Roe, Dargan Frierson, Greg Hakim, and Julian Sachs
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 1999-2003
A.B. in Physics Summa Cum Laude awarded May 2003.
Honors Topic: “Biases in Inferred Carbon Sources due to Selective Atmospheric Sampling of Carbon Dioxide”
Advisor: Mark Battle
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
One semester as an international student with course work in Geology, Chemistry and Physics.
Applied Physics Lab, U. of Washington, Seattle, WA 2014-Present
Research Associate in the Polar Science Center.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 2011-2014
NOAA Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow hosted by John Marshall.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2004-2011
Research Assistant in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
Field Experience: Greenland Summit air and snow sampling with the Eric Steig Group
(2005), Blue Glacier, Mount Olympus, WA, glacier monitoring (2005-present), Quinalt mixed precipitation monitoring network, Olympic Mountains, WA (2004-present).
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego, CA 2003
Developmental Technician, Bob Guza group, Nearshore Canyon Experiment. Worked as a member of research group responsible for a dense network of en situ measurements of pressure and velocity in a surf zone.
Bowdoin College. Brunswick, ME 2003
Undergraduate student, honors work. Assessed impact that baseline selection of atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements has on inverse calculations of terrestrial and ocean carbon sources.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Falmouth, MA 2002
Summer Student Fellow, Department of Physical Oceanography. Advisor: Al Plueddemann. Performed data analysis to assess the momentum transfer across the air sea interface and the form of bottom drag in a rectilinear tidal flow.
Frost Gulley Stream Team Freeport, ME 2001
Hydrological Researcher. Developed and implemented rating curves to monitor watershed discharge as a part of a student research group.
2010 University of Washington. Co-directed a graduate level special topics seminar (ATMOS/OCE/ESS 586) on climate feedbacks with Gerard Roe.
2009, 2007 Cornish College. Guest Lecturer: Gave several lectures on climate dynamics for Introduction to Climate Change Class
2007 University of Washington. Teaching Assistant in ATMOS/OCE/ESS 587: Climate Dynamics. Gave several lectures, created and graded homework and projects.
2006 University of Washington. Teaching Assistant, ATMOS 101: Weather. Lead two discussion sections per week, additional review sessions, developed and graded all homeworks and exams.
2003 Bowdoin College. Teaching Assistant in Physics 101. Ran extra help/review sessions and graded homework assignments.
Co-founder of Graduate Climate Conferenc (GCC). Founded and organized the first Graduate Climate Conference at the University of Washington in 2005. Raised funds, selected attendees, organized conference proceeding and logistics and lead sessions. There have since been a total of 6 conferences with over 400 attendees representing more than 30 different institutions and with secured NSF funding. The conference leadership was passed onto other UW and MIT graduate students after the 4th conference, but I continue to play a role in the long term vision of the conference.
Fellowships and Awards
NOAA Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (Hosted by John Marshall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011-2013)
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow (2006-2009)
Gary Comer Abrupt Climate Change Fellow(2005-2006)
Program on Climate Change Fellow (2004)
Achievement Award for Colleges Scientists (ARCS) Fellow (2004-2007).
Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of Maine
Bowdoin book prize winner and Sarah and Jamnes Bowdoin scholar
Recipient of Edward Acorn Prize (Religion Department at Bowdoin College) and Bradley Noel Prize in Experimental Physics.
Professional Experience (not already listed)
Appalachian Mountain Club/ Maine Woods Initiative Gorham, NH
Professional trail crew member/ chain saw operator and grip hoist technician. Cut 15 miles of cross country ski and hiking trails in a newly acquired conservation area in the 100 mile wilderness of Maine. Finished trail work included rock step construction and heavy bridge construction out of locally fabricated materials. Lived in the backcountry and coordinated volunteer trail work. Summer of 2004.
SCA Millinocket, ME
SCA Resource Assistant/ Summer Trail Crew. Participated in trail maintenance, rock step and water bar construction, bog bridging, and new trail cutting. Learned skills of chain saw, bush saw and grip hoist operation. Summer 2000.
Student Conservation Association/ Payette National Forest McCall, ID
High School Trail Crew Member/ Backcountry Rehabilitation Crew. Partook in trail rehabilitation operating sixteen miles into the backcountry of a designated wilderness. Trained in hand tool/cross cut operation and fire suppression. Summer 1998.
Graduate Student Representative for the Department of Atmospheric Science (UW, 2008-2009)
Certifications in Wilderness First Aid, Anaphylaxis response, professional CPR, life guarding, Avalanche Education (I), Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue, Chainsaw Operation.
President of the Bowdoin Society of Physics Students (2002-2003)
Club Head of the Service and Ecology Club and leader in the Bowdoin Outing Club
Member of the Bowdoin College Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams, letter winner (1999-2003)
Student Mentor and Tutor for local high school students
Social House leader in charge of organizing campus events for an affiliate of 250 students
Captain of varsity soccer(1998), alpine skiing(1999), and track and field (1999) teams at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and Dual County League All Star (track 1997-1999, soccer 1998, skiing 1999)