I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the OU School of Meteorology. I work collaboratively with the OU Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and the OU Center for Risk and Crisis Management.
Growing up near the Twin Cities, MN, I experienced nearly every type of weather during my grade school years. This fascination with the different types of weather and a little bit of competitive spirit (a classmate once told me that girls couldn’t do science, so naturally I had to prove him wrong) eventually lead me to pursue a degree in meteorology.
I earned my bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 2015 and then moved to Norman, where I earned my master’s degree in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. My work focuses on creating and communicating severe weather forecasts with stakeholders and the general public. I spend most of my time each spring participating in the Hazardous Weather Testbed, where I work with forecasters, emergency managers, and broadcast meteorologists to create and test innovative methods of forecasting and communicating hazardous weather information.
I also work with the OU Center for Risk and Crisis Management to understand how these new forecast methods will be received and used by members of the public. Each year, we field and analyze surveys that aim to understand how the public receives, understands, and responds to severe weather products, and how that process may change as the forecast system continues to evolve.