My name is Mary Grace, and I'm a PhD student in the Earth Science Department (formerly Geoscience Department) with a focus in paleoclimate modeling at the University of Connecticut. I graduated from Furman University in 2021 with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Environmental Studies. My interest in the intersection between these two fields is what led me to join the Computational Climate Change Lab (C3) run by Dr. Ran Feng and Dr. Clay Tabor.
Currently, my research explores how we can use high resolution simulations to help bridge some of the standing gaps between proxy data and coupled model simulations. I'm also looking at weather system changes in the warm mid-Pliocene climate state and the implications to predicted future hydroclimate changes.
Our lab has access to the National Center for Atmospheric Research's supercomputer, Cheyenne, and we work with the Community Earth System Model.
At the Flatirons in Boulder, CO, with my sister
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MY NON-ACADEMIC PURSUITS
I grew up in the US Southeast, primarily in North Carolina (hence the double first name). I love everything outdoors and enjoy staying active, and I even played two years of Division 1 softball in college! My childhood was centered around sports, and most of my weekends were spent at either my own games or at a football stadium watching my dad play for the Washington Redskins (now the Commanders). Now, as a retired athlete, I find myself watching my brother play football for Northwestern University or watching the UNC Tarheels on TV.
I'm passionate about houseplants, sunsets/sunrises in the Blue Ridge Mountains, pickles, farmers markets, running (sometimes), and, most of all, my dog, Kira. I adopted her in August of 2021, and she's been my best friend ever since.