Research

I received my PhD in physics from Columbia University in 2008. My thesis work was searching for gravitational waves from magnetars, magnetized neutron stars that are by far the strongest magnets we know of in the Universe. I continued my work with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration as a postdoc at Caltech.

In 2012 I switched fields to atmospheric science and began working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My main area of research involves marine stratocumulus clouds, which reflect sunlight and have a strong net cooling effect on the Earth. I also study tornadoes, and work with the AIRS (Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, an instrument flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite) to test and validate data, and to produce new and better satellite products using statistical data fusion.

I am an author on over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications, in microwave spectroscopy, gravitational wave astrophysics, and Earth science.