Beth joined the MRCC in January 2012 as the Director. Her career with the U.S. Regional Climate Center program began in 1995 when she started her Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). Her research began with the development of Nevada climate products for the local National Weather Service fire weather forecaster and evolved into becoming deputy director of the Program for Climate, Ecosystem, and Fire Applications (CEFA) - a research program closely tied to the WRCC at DRI.
After earning her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, she entered the field of academia becoming a lecturer and state climatologist at the University of New Hampshire. Here she gained a greater appreciation for the diversity of not only climate across the U.S. but the funding, responsibilities, and roles each state climatologist has and how the U.S. State Climatologist program can complement the U.S. Regional Climate Center program.
In 2008, she joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning at Towson University in Maryland where she developed a minor in meteorology for students interested in pursuing a career that would involve an increased knowledge of the atmosphere, climate, and interactions of both with society.
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
Association of American Geographers
Association for Environmental Studies and Science
National Association of Geoscience Teachers