My research during undergraduate and graduate studies with the OU School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma focused on radar meteorology and lightning/atmospheric electrification.

During my undergraduate studies, I was funded through a NASA EPSCoR grant to investigate the effectiveness of the electric field meter network around Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. Our research involved examining the false-alarm rate of the EFM network and ways to improve the detection efficiency.

During my graduate studies, I was funded through DARPA to research the lightning process using a number of mobile and transportable polarimetric radar platforms. While at two different facilities (International Center for Lightning Research and Testing in Camp Blanding, FL and Langmuir Laboratory in Soccorro, NM), we used our mobile and transportable radar platforms to examine the atmosphere coinciding with artificially-triggered lightning attempts.

SMART Radar on display at the Quapaw Tribe STEM Fair in Miami, OK


Coordinated lightning, balloon-borne electric field, and radar observations of triggered lightning flashes in North Florida

2015 • Geophysical Research Letters

Correlated lightning mapping array and radar observations of the initial stages of three sequentially triggered Florida lightning discharges

2013 • Journal of Geophysical Research

Rocket-and-wire triggered lightning in 2012 Tropical Storm Debby in the absence of natural lightning

2013 • Journal of Geophysical Research

Rocket-triggered lightning strike at the International Center for Lightning Research & Testing in Camp Blanding, FL.

Field Campaigns

DARPA Nimbus Program

Nimbus is a fundamental science program focused on obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the lightning process, its associated emissions (such as x-rays), and its ionospheric components to better protect troops, ordnance, and other military assets.

Deep Convective Clouds & Chemistry Experiment (DC3)

The Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3) field campaign is investigating the impact of deep, midlatitude continental convective clouds, including their dynamical, physical, and lightning processes, on upper tropospheric (UT) composition and chemistry. The campaign is making use of extensively instrumented aircraft platforms and ground-based observations.

Deep Convective Clouds & Chemistry (DC3) Experiment project overview