I am currently a PhD candidate in the Environmental Change Lab in the Department of Geography & Sustainability. My research focuses on extreme climate events, their connection with contemporary climate change, and the reconstruction of past climate hazards using dendrochronology. I originally studied meteorology as an undergrad but shifted towards climate and paleo during grad school, using tree rings as a proxy for reconstructing past hurricanes. My dissertation research applies quantitative wood anatomy to better distinguish climate and environmental disturbances in tree-ring growth. My other research interests include analyzing trends in extreme weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, and wildfire, as well as hazard communication, data visualization, and animal agricultural policy.