Chad is currently in his second and final year of graduate studies at Ohio University. He was raised in Kalida, Ohio; a small town located in Northwest Ohio where he graduated from Kalida High School in 2011 with Honors. Chad has been fascinated in weather since the 1st grade and has known since then what he wanted to do as a career because of his passion for the weather. Previously, Chad served as the President of the Ohio University Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (OUCAMS) during the 2014-2015 academic year; this just so happens to be the year OUCAMS won the Student Chapter of the Year Award from the American Meteorological Society! Woo!
Currently, I am working to pursue a Masters of Science degree, specializing in Antarctic climate. My current thesis work includes reconstructing seasonal atmospheric pressure anomalies across the entire continent of Antarctica in a spatially complete manner (horizontally and temporally) back throughout the entire 20th century using several geostatistical techniques. This is of importance because prior to ~1957, observations across the continent were essentially nonexistent. Also, atmospheric pressure and pressure patterns have well known relationships with temperatures, sea ice concentrations/extents, and wind fields around the continent. Therefore, it is hard to fully understand current climate trends seen across the continent due to the current sparse observational network and observations that do not exist prior to ~1957. With the development of this spatially complete pressure dataset, it will begin to shed light on centennial scale climate variability across the continent.