My first 14er climbed- Mt. Democrat in the Mosquito Range, CO on a "hard down day" during NASA's DISCOVER-AQ Colorado mission

Gina Mazzuca

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Hometown Pottsville, PA
Education University of Maryland, College Park: Ph.D. (in progress); M.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (2016)
Millersville University of Pennsylvania: B.S. Meteorology, Minor: Physics (2013)
Advisor Pickering/Dickerson

Academic Career

I graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in May, 2013 with a B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in physics. During that time I took part in NASA's DISCOVER-AQ project in Edgewood, MD (2011) and Huron, CA (2013). Our group provided vertical profiles by use of a tethered balloon system as well as surface and sounding observations. The instrumental platform I worked with in support of boundary layer and atmospheric chemistry research included radiosondes, tethersondes, micropulse lidar, 10 meter surface flux tower, acoustic sodar and RASS extension, trace gas analyzers, nephelometer, condensation particle counter, and PM2.5 conc DustTrak.

In summer 2012 I was a participant in the University of Alabama / NASA Marshall's REU program where I focused on relating meteorological data with theories of relativistic runaway associated with terrestrial gamma-ray flashes.

I participated in the final deployment of NASA's DISCOVER-AQ mission in July/August 2014 in Golden, CO where I conditioned and deployed NO2 sondes developed by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) on Millersville's tethered balloon and NASA's P-3B aircraft.

I received my M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from UMD in Spring 2016. Currently, I'm working on high-resolution WRF-Chem simulations to recreate single and multicellular convection (and its associated chemistry) observed during DISCOVER-AQ deployments with the use of lightning data assimilation techniques. I am specifically interested in mixing, transport, and redistribution of trace gases that are influenced by deep convection and its implications on surface air quality and UT radiative forcing. Additionally, I am exploring different nudging/DA techniques in WRF to simulate "pop-up" single cellular convection.

In Fall 2016, I interned at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Environment and Energy Division during the final months of the Obama Administration.

Other Interests

Outside of atmospheric science, I enjoy going to concerts, watching sports (specifically basketball), writing/playing piano music, touring breweries, wine tasting, and traveling. I'm also a member of the University of Maryland's Club Water Polo team.