I am a Research Scientist and the Social Science Team Lead at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. I am also an Affiliate Researcher at the OU Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the OU School of Meteorology. 

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 career in meteorology. Throughout graduate school, I gained experience in social and behavioral science methods, enabling my work at the intersection of meteorology and decision making.

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 2015 and then moved to Norman, Oklahoma where I earned my master’s degree in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 2017 and my Ph.D. in 2020.

My research focuses on decision making and risk communication during extreme weather events. I often utilize a mixed methods approach, including data collection from surveys, interviews after severe weather events, and testbed experiments to understand how people use weather information to make decisions. In general, some of my most interesting work focuses how forecasters, emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, and members of the public receive, understand, and respond to severe weather products, and how decision making may change as the forecast system continues to evolve.