Extension Climate Specialist
Molly joined the MRCC in July 2011 as the Extension Climate Specialist. As the Extension Climate Specialist, her primary responsibility is to communicate climate-related issues to various audiences throughout the Midwest. She has a joint position with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (NOAA program located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University), which offers the opportunity to pair Sea Grant outreach expertise with the MRCC’s climate science.
Over the last few years, Molly’s work has focused on assisting local governments adapt to weather extremes and climate change. She started the Resilient Chicago: Climate Planning for the Future initiative, which aims to help decision makers in the greater Chicago metropolitan region incorporate climate adaptation into local planning efforts through workshops, project partnerships, and other resources. In addition, Molly provides climate expertise on local trends and future projections, as well as K-12 climate education outreach.
Molly earned a B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University in 2007 and continued on to earn an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in December 2009.
Climate related issues and impacts, education and outreach, weather and climate extremes, and the Green Bay Packers.
M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
B.S., Meteorology, Northern Illinois University