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 some aspect of the topic of numerical weather modeling. After I complete my doctorate, I hope to work at a national weather/climate research lab. If it should be legally possible to do so, I would also like to be involved in science policy matters, including research funding, natural disaster issues, and environmental policy (including climate change). My long-term goal is to be a climate change impacts/science policy expert.
This is my personal website and two blogs. PolitiCalypso is my personal, political, and culture blog. Synoptic Flow is my weather blog. Neither blog is frequently updated anymore, because doctoral dissertation work occupies a lot of a person's time, but this may change in the future, so the blogs are not going anywhere. 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.