A DAY IN THE LIFE

Snapple bottle caps always have an interesting "fact" on the bottom. One cap says, "meteorologists believe their forecasts to be accurate 85% of the time." On a bright, sunny day forecast accuracy is likely nearly 100%. However, when extreme weather is imminent or when trying to building a long-range climate projection, forecast accuracy can decrease drastically, likely resulting in commerce or travel interruptions and problems. The "value" of any forecaster (and the meteorological community as a whole) should be measured by performance during these extreme events as they are often impactful.

How is greater accuracy achieved?

My solution is to better understand how the ocean and atmosphere interact on all spatial and temporal scales. Although the physics in the marine boundary layer occur on small scales, the resulting implications on large weather systems or the global/regional environment can be significant.

 

ABOUT ME

I am working toward a Ph.D. in Physical Ocean Science and Engineering in the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware. I am Research Assistant under Dr. Fabrice Veron in the Air-Sea Interaction Laboratory and Dr. Matthew Oliver in the Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing, and Biogeography Laboratory. My research focuses on gas transfer across the atmosphere/ocean interface and surface-to-deep ocean carbon sequestration (check out more on my research page).

Before coming to the University of Delaware, I gradutated from Millersville University in 2010 with a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies with an option in Physical Oceanography. While attending Millersville, I actively participated in the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society and was President of the Ocean Science Club. During the summer months, I was fourtunate enough to get involved in undergraduate research and internships (check out my CV).

I am recently married and live local to Newark, DE with my wife, Chelsea and dog, Misty. In my free time I enjoy brewing beer, weather forecasting/observations, relaxing with friends/family, grilling/cookouts, playing sports, boating, working on the house, and occasional jogs. A goal in life is to live near the beach with my family and own a boat. I am a big sports enthusiast and you can often catch me in Baltimore at either Ravens or Orioles games.