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I am a Research Aide for the University of Washington, appointed to the USDA-Forest Service AirFire Team at the Pacific Northwest Wildland Fire Science Laboratory. My background is in Air Quality Meteorology and Environmental Management. My primary career goal is to conduct investigations that aid air quality managers in the decision-making process by giving them information, tools, and new ideas on how to manage air quality issues.
I started working with the AirFire Team in 2012. I contribute to research projects, collaborate in the development of existing and new tools, and provide operational support during wildfire season.
As a researcher, I support our team’s investigations focusing on issues arising from fire smoke emissions, dispersion and transport, and their interaction with the changing global climate. I run dispersion models and the BlueSky Smoke Modeling Framework for simulating wildfire, agricultural, and prescribed fire smoke. I understand fire behavior and the fire weather that influences fire behavior.
On the operational side, I support the Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program (IWFAQRP) and their Air Resource Advisors (ARAs) during the wildfire seasons. Within the IWFAQRP, I am a liaison between research and operations. I provide additional understanding to our tools and offer daily Spanish translations of smoke forecasts.
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