I’m Greta, a first-year graduate student at the University of Washington in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. During graduate school, I’ll be learning about the Earth’s climate system and specifically, how gasses, like carbon dioxide and water vapor interact with plants and soil on the ground.
I'm also curious about why we should care about this relationship – how understanding it will help us understand climate change and how we can protect ourselves against its impacts most effectively.
Not to get too far out there,* but I'd wager that the more we understand about how biology affects our climate, the better we'll be at finding life on other planets – and if we're lucky, we'll find something that doesn't look like us.
Before coming to graduate school, I worked in science communication, which allowed me to investigate interesting questions including the following:
What are the things we really know about climate change? And how do we measure climate change?
What do I do that can help or harm the climate?
What can we do on a scientific and technological level to fix the problem?
Specific projects to come…