I am an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) in the Geography and Earth Sciences Department. My research explores past, present, and future fire activity using diverse data sets, techniques, and computer simulations. Fires are directly related to the Earth’s climate through the carbon cycle – a beautiful and real way that the oceans, atmosphere, land, and biosphere are connected. My research tends to emphasize the role of the atmosphere in understanding fire activity. I also teach four courses at UNC Charlotte to about 80 undergraduate and graduate students each year on topics of Atmospheric Physics, Atmospheric Chemistry, Climatology, and Global Environmental Change.
For 8 months every year since 2011, I have spoken in front of a classroom with students on topics related to Atmospheric Physics, Atmospheric Chemistry, Climatology, and Global Environmental Change. Student backgrounds range from Meteorology to Earth Sciences to Economics to Engineering, but the common connection that I highlight in my classroom is that all of us are interested in understanding the world around us. We talk about the world. In addition to my presentation experience in the classroom, I have recently spoken with technical and stake-holder audiences about a broad set of topics. My presentations are listed at http://clas-pages.uncc.edu/mesas/presentations/ but recent talks have been about effective ways to talk about present-day climate change in the university classroom, how cropland and pasture fires are discriminated on the global scale, and how lightning data can be used to understand fires. Some examples are below.