I love science. And snow.
I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. I use climate models, observations, and remote sensing to understand how landscapes interact with surface climate. Below is a video on the climate effects of mid-1800s New England deforestation produced by NBCLearn:
Specifically, my research focuses on how changes in land cover (i.e. deforestation) influence surface temperature and fluxes of energy and water. I also seek out interdisciplinary projects with economists to understand how decreases in snow affect the multi-billion dollar winter sports industry and how we might place economic value on albedo as an climate regulating ecosystem service. I was previously a Visiting Scientist and Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Lab.
Beyond science, I spend most of my spare time with my son Cory and my husband Nick, also a scientist. I enjoy a good old fashioned footrace (5k, 10k, half marathon, trail half) and have been known to fundraise for awesome organizations like MiracleFeet. In a former life I was a sailor-scientist with the Sea Education Association. I also love to bake and split board in the backcountry when I have time. I will play cribbage with anyone, anytime.