I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My work with Prof. Tristan L'Ecuyer investigates the large-scale spatial characteristics of precipitation and how it interacts with the atmospheric environment. My collegiate education began at the University of Iowa, where I majored in Physics and Astronomy. My studies shifted direction when I was accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a M.S. with Bob Holz and Prof. Steve Ackerman, where I examined biases that can occur in cloud height climatologies from infrared radiometers. My research interests are wide-ranging and include topics such as cloud and precipitation estimation, aerosol/cloud interactions, and planetary atmospheres. After I earn my PhD, I plan to continue research at either a government research lab or a university.