Born and raised in New York City, when people ask me where I'm from, I like to say "all over the place". After receiving my B.S. in Atmospheric Science at Cornell University in 2002, I attended graduate school at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 2003 to 2010, achieving both a M.Sc. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, under the guidance of Dr. John Gyakum and Dr. Eyad Atallah. My M.Sc. thesis focused on the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones, while my Ph.D dissertation analyzed synoptic-scale precursors and processes responsible for cool-season extreme precipitation events.
After two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas (2010-2012), I started as an Assistant Professor of Meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in early 2013.
My teaching interests and responsibilities are in:
- Meteorology fundamentals
- Aviation weather
- Synoptic-dynamic meteorology
- Tropical meteorology
- Mesoscale meteorology
- Weather forecasting
- Climate dynamics
My research interests include:
- Extratropical transition of tropical cyclones
- Synoptic-dynamic analysis of extreme events, particularly heavy precipitation
- Ice storms
- Heat waves in Florida
- Convective snowsqualls
- Synoptic-scale aspects of severe convection, including tornado outbreaks and Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs)
A lifelong New York Giants, NJ Devils, and Syracuse Orange fan, I've been known to have soft spots for Ottawa, Vancouver, Canadians, Kansas, the Finger Lakes, KC Royals' games, and the Butler Bulldogs. I saw Gordon Hayward's shot almost go in.