I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Fall of 2013 with a B.S. in Meteorology/Climatology and a minor in Mathematics. I am currently pursuing a M.S. in Meteorology.
Working with Dr. Van Den Broeke, my thesis research pertains to determining the impacts of land use/land cover (LULC) change in the U.S. Southern Great Plains on local forcing for precipitation and drought susceptibility. These local forcings may strongly influence atmospheric processes causing anomalies in: evapotranspiration (ET), surface temperature and regional circulation. By utilyzing numerical model output with four different LULC scenarios under the same remote forcing, we expect to decipher the local-scale processes that are most important for precipitation variability in the SGP. Determining the significance of LULC modification to the overall water and energy balance will assist in the development of future model simulations and aid in policy regarding land and water use.
In my free time, I enjoy storm chasing, being outdoors and watching sports. Obviously, I am a big supporter of all things Husker athletics. Go Big Red!