I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Geography and presently on the job market. I am a climatologist and physical geographer focusing on hazards climatology with a particular interest in tropical cyclones. I study spatial and temporal characteristics of tropical cyclone attributes including recurrence intervals, landfall characteristics, occurrence dates, and seasonal forecasts. I am passionate about and experienced in undergraduate instruction, with experience teaching four courses: GEOG 331 Natural Hazards, GEOG 333 Climate Change and Human Response, GEOG 334 Meteorology, and FYS 101 The UT Experience, and serving as a lab instructor for GEOG 131 Weather, Climate, and Climate Change. Beyond hurricanes, I have been involved with projects investigating collocated tornado and flash flood warnings, temperature variation, perceptions of climate change in Knoxville, and tornado debris. While I am interested in all things weather and climate, I am especially interested in eastern North Pacific tropical cyclones and the impacts of hazards in Latin America and the Caribbean.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Meteorology (Minors: Mathematics and Geography) from the University of South Alabama, and a Master’s of Science degree in Geography from Louisiana State University. I am a member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association of Geographers- Climate Specialty Group, and the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers. Outside of my work, I am an avid sports fan, a second degree black belt and experienced martial arts instructor, and served as a program co-chair for 20th and 21st American Meteorological Society Student Conferences (2021 and 2022).