Current research

My dissertation research focuses on the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer. The atmospheric boundary layer is the part of the atmosphere that is strongly influenced by the Earth’s surface. The Arctic atmospheric boundary layer is especially interesting as the surface has a dramatic seasonal cycle from winter’s snow and ice to summer’s marshy tundra, slushy, ponded sea ice, and open water.

Science writing

Most of my science writing is part of my role as a host on Inspiration Dissemination, a (normally) weekly live radio interview and podcast about science at Oregon State University. Inspiration Dissemination was put on hold (like so much else) during the COViD-19 pandemic, and we are slowly beginning again in a fully remote mode.

My most recent piece (for OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences):
08/05/2020: Freeze Frame

For Inspiration Dissemination:
03/14/2020: Libraries of possibilities
02/09/2020: Fitness for Life: Sport psychology and the motivations behind healthy lifestyles
02/02/2020: Swimming with Salmon(ids)
11/10/2019: You don’t look your age
6/09/2019: Perceptions of Trust
4/21/2019: Repair, don’t replace: developing a new treatment for lower back pain
3/17/2019: Magnet blocks, connect the dots, and the world of modern mathematics
2/17/2019: Feather collections and stressed-out owls
12/09/2018: Applying medical anthropology: a history of stress in Puerto Rico and its impacts on birth outcomes

For the Corvallis Advocate:
08/24/2016: OSU Harnesses Personal Computers for Climate Research
08/31/2016: Oregon State Scientist Awarded Tasty $3 Million Grant

Other outreach

As of Dec. 2018, I’m a science communication fellow at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. In non-pandemic times, I am a frequent participant in OMSI’s Meet-a-Scientist days, where scientists from a wide variety of fields of research use tabletop demos to share science with museum visitors. My tabletop demo, Mapping the Frozen Seas, uses LEGO bricks and a mystery box to let participants combine limited information from their senses to solve a puzzle.