My research looks at cloud properties in the polar regions and their impact on surface radiation balance. I use CloudSat data products to examine observed relationships between cloud phase, precipitation, surface conditions, and radiation. I am in the process of comparing these observations to the Community Earth System Model (CESM) Large Ensemble project, as well as ground-based observations. I enjoy field work as well, and have endeavored to make it a large part of my graduate years. I was very happy to be able to join the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC) for the 2014-15 field season in Antarctica, repairing and installing Automatic Weather Stations. I also went to Namibia in September 2016 with the NASA ORACLES campaign as part of the APR3 instrument team.