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Welcome! I'm Ariel and I'm a polar climate scientist.

My work focuses on relationships between high latitude clouds, sea ice, and the ocean. I use satellite observations, climate models, and machine learning to understand the processes that drive faster-than-global warming around the Arctic and Antarctica.

 

THE BIG PICTURE

The polar regions are warming faster than anywhere else in the world in response to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. A warmer Arctic means less sea ice cover, faster melting of the Greenland ice sheet, thawing permafrost, and more frequent wildfires. ​While Antarctica is experiencing less extreme and consistent warming, the environment is slowly changing. A warmer Antarctica means more calving off ice shelves and a greener continent. 

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ABOUT ME

I received my PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. Currently I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada. My interest in climate change started with a project on coral bleaching, and since has expanded to include ocean acidification, plankton species' response to warming waters, Arctic sea ice loss, heat uptake in the Southern Ocean, and pedagogy for climate change education.

Outside of science and research, I enjoy hiking, fencing, and bad (but fun) disaster movies. Living in Colorado offers amazing access to the Rocky Mountains and national parks. I hike in the mountains as often as I can in the summer and fall. For indoor sports, I was a sabre fencer for 11 years and competed at the Junior Olympics in 2004.

 

I've lived in Massachusetts, Washington state, New Zealand, France, and Colorado. I am still located in Colorado, but I can't wait to move to Vancouver Island for in-person research at the University of Victoria and be back in the Pacific Northwest!

Please feel free to contact me for questions or collaborations.