My current research involves offshore wind energy off the New Jersey coast. Research efforts include coupling an atmospheric model (the Rutgers University version of the Weather Research and Forecasting model, RU-WRF) to an ocean model (Regional Ocean Modeling System, ROMS) at high resolutions over the study area. Wind resource perturbations, such as the diurnal sea breeze circulation and its relation to coastal upwelling, are closely studied. Coastal and offshore monitoring systems, including the Coastal RADAR (CODAR) system, satellites, met towers, and LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) systems are used to evaluate modeling efforts. In addition, the oceanic forcing for and response from Hurricanes Irene and Sandy are being studied, in order to improve the prediction of similar storms in the future.
I’ve been a “weather weenie” for as long as I can remember, and received my Bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Penn State. I then moved on to Texas A&M for my Master’s in atmospheric science, where my passion for the ocean developed while on a cruise to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill site during the summer of 2010. The purpose of the trip was to launch upper air weather balloons and sample air in support of the National Weather Service forecasting operations. With this experience, a whole new area of science opened up for me, and I’m happy to continue my career exploring the interface of the air and sea—two vastly different, yet parallel worlds.
- 2008, BS (Honors), Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University
- 2011, MS, Atmospheric Science, Texas A&M University
- 2016 – PhD, Physical Oceanography/Meteorology, Rutgers University