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Institution: SETI Institute
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189 Bernardo Ave Mountain View, CA 94043,

Summary

My research interest is planetary atmospheres. Many meteorologists study only Earth's atmosphere, but I am fascinated by the vastly different weather and climate conditions that occur on all planets. I believe that in order to fully understand the physics that governs our own atmosphere, we must study the atmospheres of all planets. It is analogous to the study of the human body--biologists don't just study people to learn how our bodies work, the study all life forms. Studying a variety of atmospheres leads me to have a deep understanding of how fundamental processes change the atmospheric circulation and structure. Specifically, I use numerical modeling techniques to investigate the atmospheres of Pluto, Triton, Venus, Mars, Titan, and super-Earth exoplanets.

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Experience

Principal Investigtor Since November 2012

SETI Institute (Mountain View, CA US)

Computational modeling of Pluto's atmosphere on global scales. Modeling of other planetary atmospheres (Mars, Triton, Titan, Venus, exoplanets).

Principal Investigtor Since November 2012

SETI Institute (Mountain View, CA US)

Computational modeling of the physics of planetary atmosphere atmosphere on global scales and regional scales, specifically Pluto Mars, Triton, Titan, Venus, and exoplanets..

Postdoctoral Associate 2010 - 2012

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA US)

Analysis of Pluto stellar occultation data using various physical and computational modeling techniques.

Teaching Assistant 2004 - 2010

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA US)

Assisted astronomy and atmospheric science professors with leading discussions about the week's lecture, holding one-on-one student office hours, preparing and developing class materials, grading homework, leading class exercises.

Education

Graduate Student 2004 - 2010

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA US)

Masters and PhD student in atmospheric science. Specialization in stellar occultations and large scale atmospheric dynamics with applications to Titan, Pluto, and Mars. PhD thesis title: The Effect of Topography on the Martian Atmospheric Circulation and Determining Pluto's Atmospheric Thermal Structure from Stellar Occultations

Awards

Category 1 (faculty and staff) runner up for Seattle, WA February 2011

Awarded by WxChallenge - The North American collegiate weather forecasting competition, for excellence in weather forecasting.

Category 2 (graduate student) winner for St. Louis, MO December 2009

Awarded by WxChallenge - The North American collegiate weather forecasting competition, for excellence in weather forecasting.

Division 2 (graduate student) winner for Memphis, TN March 2008

Awarded by WxChallenge - The North American collegiate weather forecasting competition, for excellence in weather forecasting.

Laura B. Eisenstein Award 2004

Awarded by the University of Illinois Department of Physics to outstanding undergraduate women in physics.

Interests

Personal Interests: Animal Welfare (Veterinary Clinic Volunteer At The Humane Society Of Boulder Val

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189 Bernardo Ave Mountain View, CA 94043
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