Kate is currently a Masters student looking at cloud-aerosol interactions and the direct and indirect radiative effects of these aerosols. This work uses both polar orbiting and geostationary satellites in order to determine the effects of convection on the spatial and vertical distribution of the Saharan dust layer across the tropical Atlantic Ocean. CloudSat and CALIPSO aerosol data is composited with the GOES East Pathfinders Atmospheres Extended Geostationary Dataset (PATMOS-x) cloud properties to develop a measure of these effects. Her research interests include satellite remote sensing and aerosol and cloud radiative effects. Kate earned a B.S in Meteorology and Geospatial Analysis at Virginia Tech in 2014.