Student Profile
Allison Ring
Basking Ridge, NJ
4339 - Atlantic Bldg.
aring1@umd.edu
University of Miami: B.S. in Chemistry
University of Maryland: M.S. Atmospheric & Oceanic Science
Dr. Timothy Canty
Academic Career

I am graduate student studying air quality for the Eastern United States. Most recently, I have examined the effect of class 3 Marine Vessel emissions on coastal air quality for the Chesapeake Bay and NYC metropolitan areas. Future work will focus on biogenic emissions, and examination of air quality model efficacy for science policy development.

Previous work touched briefly on cryospheric research, specifically concerning saturated crevasses in the shear margins of Jakobshavn Isbrae.

My Masters work focused on determining an algorithm to derive the natural background production of NOx from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) observed column data. The main natural source for NOx in the atmosphere is lightning, therefore use of ground based lightning detection networks like the World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) was required. We narrowed our study to the Gulf of Mexico geographic region to maximize detection efficency of WWLLN. This research was supported by Drs. Ken Pickering and Dale Allen. This paper can be found here.

I graduated in May 2010 from the University of Miami with a BS in Chemistry and minors in Business Administration, Marketing, and Biology. I was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, a founding brother and treasurer of the Delta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society, president of the Canes Emergency Response Team, and vice president of the Chemistry Club. I served as the student body representative on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, and worked in the Butler Center for Service and Leadership under the Vice President of Student Affairs. I also did undergraduate research with Dr. Carl Hoff, and created an air tight glove box suitable for chlorine calorimetry.

After graduating from the University of Miami, I joined AmeriCorps and served as a VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) in Montgomery, West Virginia for the Morris Creek Watershed Association (MCWA). The area was once heavily mined, and abandoned mine shafts now snake through the mountains. These shafts allow ground water to seep in and absorb iron compounds. This water then leaks into the streams greatly reducing the pH and killing wildlife. MCWA seeks to treat this toxic water restoring the stream to a clean condition.

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