As science communications manager at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Arlington, Virginia, I write educational Earth science and space science stories for the NASA Web site. I also develop various education and outreach publications for NASA and NOAA, write articles for publications such as Imaging Notes about the application of environmental information for societal needs, manage and support student photo and art contests with Earth science themes, and recently led a BBC project on the public's perceived impacts of climate change on local environments.
In my role as executive editor and lead meteorologist for CapitalWeather.com, I forecast weather for Washington DC and vicinity; communicate the forecast to the general public and convey forecast uncertainty; edit Web site content for accuracy, style and appearance; and help guide the strategic direction of the site.
As a freelance writer, I have written numerous articles for various publications, including the Washington Post and Weatherwise magazine, that explain the science of weather and weather forecasting to kids and adults.
Previously, I was an editorial assistant for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and before that a meteorologist at Earth Satellite Corporation in Rockville, Maryland. I have an M.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.
My interest in WAS*IS stems from my fascination with how the general public interprets elements of the weather forecast. Also, I believe that the potential exists for greater communication and coordination among those within the research and operational meteorology communities. I hope that I can be a part of fostering this through WAS*IS, and I look forward to working together with WAS*IS participants during the workshop and in the months and years that follow.