The primary focus of my research is the nature and evolution of the clouds of Venus. The sulfuric acid clouds of Venus reside between about 50km and 70km above the surface of the planet, where temperatures and pressures resemble those at the surface of the Earth. These clouds are part of a highly coupled system involving numerous chemical reactions, absorption of both incident solar and emitted infrared radiation, and the global atmospheric circulation. My goal is to understand the role the clouds play in driving and/or responding to these various processes. Throughout my scientific career, I have been building expertise, first in modelling, then in spacecraft observational data analysis, then in ground-based observations; and now into development of mission and instrumentation concepts.
University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D., 2007
Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1999