Becoming a climate scientist
I grew up in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Cyprus, and spent most summers in Lebanon with my extended family. I moved to the United States for college, and received my B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. After two years of conducting climate change research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, I joined the Earth System Science PhD program at Stanford University, working with Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh. My PhD dissertation focused on quantifying the characteristics of extreme precipitation and drought events in observational data and climate model simulations. I then continued on to UC Santa Barbara, where I was a postdoctoral scholar, working with Dr. Samantha Stevenson on the influence of anthropogenic climate change and climate variability on wildfire risk and post-fire hydrologic risk. After Santa Barbara, I received the Advanced Study Program (ASP) Postdoctoral Fellowship and spent two years working with Drs. Clara Deser at NCAR and Jim Hurrell at CSU on extreme fire weather risk under different climate scenarios.