My name is Mika, and I am a full-time faculty member teaching climate sciences at SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and a climate scientist at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in the joint JPL-UCLA JIFRESSE program. My research is focused on elucidating the impact of biomass burning (and other absorbing) aerosols on cloud dynamics, meteorology, and regional and global climate.
I am an affiliate researcher with the Clouds & Aerosols Group at JPL and on the MISR (MISR) and AirMSPI science teams. I am also an out and proud transgender scientist (she/her pronouns).
I earned my Ph.D. in Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine, in the Earth System Science Department. My advisors were Drs. Jim Randerson and Charlie Zender. My doctoral thesis was titled: "Fire and Smoke in the Earth System: Evaluating the impact of fire aerosols on regional and global climate"
Previously, I received a BS (Hons) in Mathematics-Statistics from University of Connecticut.
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