Research

Research Interests

  • Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange / Impact on Climate and Atmospheric Chemistry

  • Laser-based and mass spectrometric instrumentation

Experience Summary

My research experiences over the past several years have allowed me to hone my skills as an experimentalist and modeler answering scientific questions in applied areas of chemistry such as atmospheric chemistry (graduate) and astrochemistry (undergraduate).

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Soil, Water and Climate
University of Minnesota, November 2021 – Present
Supervisor: Professor Dylan B. Millet
Project: Isoprene is the dominant biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emitted into the atmosphere, and it plays a key role in atmospheric chemistry. My project focuses on comparing satellite-derived isoprene measurements obtained from the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) with a global chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem) in order to better track isoprene's emission and subsequent oxidation in the atmosphere.

Graduate Researcher (Doctorate)
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University, 2015 – November 2021
Doctoral Advisor: Professor Frank N. Keutsch
Funded on an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Project: To understand how forests in a changing climate will impact atmospheric composition and vice-versa, my research utilizes (1) field studies, (2) laboratory measurements, and (3) forest canopy modeling to understand how volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are exchanged between the biosphere and the atmosphere. Recently, I've been studying how oxidized VOCs such as formaldehyde (HCHO) and isoprene hydroxy hydroperoxide (ISOPOOH) interact with red oak (deciduous) and cypress (evergreen) leaves and inputting the results from this study into FORCAsT (a forest canopy exchange model developed by Allison Steiner's group at the University of Michigan).

Graduate Researcher (MPhil)
Centre for Atmospheric Science
University of Cambridge, 2014 – 2015
Advisor: Professor Roderic L. Jones
Funded on a National Churchill Scholarship
Project: Responsible for characterizing the performance of highly portable infrared gas sensors that measured carbon dioxide and methane under a variety of temperatures and relative humidities that might be experienced in the field. I also analyzed data from these gas sensors after they were deployed in Indonesia to study emissions of greenhouse gases from geological features (such as mud volcanoes).

Undergraduate Researcher
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011 – 2014
Advisors: Professors Robert J. McMahon and R. Claude Woods
Project: Millimeter-wave rotational spectroscopy and DC glow discharge chemistry of pyridazine. In this role, I assigned and fit rovibrational spectral lines to vibrationally-excited states of pyriazine and modeled molecular properties and constants with the department's computing cluster.

Science Division Intern
Planetary Science Division
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Summer 2012
Advisors: Dr. Mark Allen and Dr. Karen Willacy
Project: Responsible for making photochemical updates to a chemical transport model (KINETICS) that simulates the atmospheres of Mars and Titan.