I am currently an assistant professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. I study the dynamics of severe convective storms and tornadoes through a combination of analysis of field observations and high-resolution numerical modeling, with an emphasis on how cloud and precipitation processes interact with other dynamical and thermodynamical processes in these storms. I am involved with the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment-Southeast U.S. (VORTEX-SE) research program and have been a co-PI or PI on three grants from the National Oceanagraphic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in support of disdrometer observations and analyses and retrospective numerical simulations of potentially tornadic storms during the field program. I currently serve on the VORTEX-SE scientific steering committee, as well as the planning committee for the upcoming Non-Classic Tornadic Storms (NCTS) field program in the SE U.S. Prior to arriving at Purdue in August 2015, I was a Research Scientist at the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) at the University of Oklahoma. I earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from OU in 2004 and 2009, respectively, working with Professor Ming Xue in the School of Meteorology/CAPS. I earned my B.S. in Atmospheric Dynamics in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University (prior to the addition of the Planetary group!) in 2002. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, stormchasing, engaging in some light amateur astronomy, and generally being a science and computer geek!

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