Hiking through Lone Elk state park
Student Profile
Austin Hope
St. Louis, MO
4114B CSS
Washington University in St. Louis: BA in Mathematics
University of Maryland - College Park: Master's in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Ross Salawitch
Academic Career

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (WashU or WUSTL as we liked to call it) in 2012 with a major in mathematics, a minor in physics, and a minor in Earth & planetary sciences (EPS).

While at WashU, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant in both the physics and EPS departments, working on metallic glasses and nucleation studies under Dr. Ken Kelton in the former and stable isotope analysis of a flat pebble conglomorate sequence under Dr. David Fike in the latter. I have also worked some as an assistant at M7 Electro-Optics.

After spending my first year (before joining Dr. Salawitch's group) as a teaching assistant for AOSC 200 and AOSC 201 and third year for AOSC 652 and AOSC 433/633 here at UMD, I am now doing research working with the linear-regression-based climate model originally by Tim Canty and Nora Mascioli, focusing on temperature trends in the modern historical observations and projections of temperature into the future. I have presented on my work at AGU'14, AMS'15, and AMS'16.

I advanced to candidacy in September 2015 and, along the way to a PhD, officially earned my Masters' at the May 2016 graduation. After working on a book with Dr. Salawitch that is currently in production (book website live) I am now currently working on turning my three-plus years of reserach into several papers.

Aside from the teaching assitantships for two of my years here, I also regularly participate as a tutor at the AOSC tutoring sessions, usually helping undergraduates with mathematics assignments. I am also the graduate student representative for the AOSC seminar series committee, which this year coincides with being a teaching assistant for AOSC 494.

Other Interests
Studies: astrophysics, linguistics, environmental studies and policy, archaeology, and number theory
Creative: freewriting, art, and music (listening, performing, and composing/arranging)
Fun: football (Association, not American), MTG, video games, and cycling
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
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