About

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:

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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.

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Kahiltna Glacier, Denali National Park, Alaska. 2013. Photo by Erich Osterberg.

3 thoughts on “About”

  1. Im a Geography student in Nigeria, we study climate with focus on the tropics. I’d like you to be my go to person for all things temperate

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