Synopsis of Graduate Research: My research evaluated the use of a regional-scale climate model (RCM) to hindcasta wind climatology for the Great Lakes region for use in assessing the wind energy resource at a fine spatial resolution. The RCM results were compared against several statistically-based wind resource estimating techniques.
Path taken since graduating MSU and what I’m doing now: After completing my coursework at MSU (ABD) in 2003, I took an assistant professor position in the Department of Geography at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. In 2005, I took a job as a climatologist with NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, NC. I still work at NCDC and am now the Climate and Marine Ecosystems lead. In that capacity, I perform geographic research on the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs and marine mammals, and develop climate data products to assist NOAA marine managers with incorporating climate change into stewardship policies and practices.