I am a currently statistics PhD student at Penn State. I joined the department in the fall of 2014. Before coming to Penn State I did my master's and undergraduate degrees, also in statistics, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My primary research focus is on developing extreme value models for environmental applications. These types of models are useful for understanding the long run frequencies of events like rain storms, extreme winds, and heat waves. One of the goals of extreme value modeling is to understand the spatial and temporal dependence between rare events. Unfortunately, these types of approaches often involve intractable likelihoods, which can present significant computational challenges. I am working on methods that address some of the challenges involved in doing inference on extremal dependence.