About This Site
My name is Erin Thead, and I am a doctoral student in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Mississippi State University. My Master's degree is in meteorology, and my undergraduate degree is in software engineering. I have combined the two fields of study for my research. My Master's thesis was about the use of a statistical learning machine algorithm to forecast lightning, and my dissertation will be about uncertainty analysis in deterministic model ensembles of severe weather outbreak forecasts. After I complete my doctorate, I hope to work at a national weather/climate research lab at some point. I also hope to work in policy, because my ultimate career goal is to be a scientist who is involved in science policy matters, including research funding, natural disaster issues, and environmental policy (including climate change).
This is my personal website and two blogs. PolitiCalypso is my personal, political, and culture blog. Synoptic Flow is my weather blog. Everything I have written that I host at this domain is my opinion alone and should not be construed to reflect the positions of current, former, or future employers. I custom-built the main site—that is to say, the site that you are reading—and the WordPress theme for the blogs, and I maintain everything on this site independently. The main website contains mostly creative work that I have done relating to subjects that interest me, and the time frame for the work spans over a decade.
For more information about me, visit my About Me page.