Photo of Katie Beem
Image Courtesy of Katie Beem
I am currently a graduate student at Colorado State University where I get to do both field and lab work. During VOCALS I will be operating a cloud water collector on the C-130. In the past, I have collected rainwater, gas, and particle samples at dairies and in Rocky Mountain National Park. The collected samples are analyzed for a variety of chemical species. The chemical composition of the species can help to determine the source of pollution and can aid in identification of reactions that occur in the atmosphere.
I very interested in atmospheric chemistry and air pollution. It is important to know what is in the air so we know what we are breathing. In addition, air pollution can cause a decrease in visibility which makes things in the distance not as clear. Both of these issues impact outside activities like hiking – breathing is more difficult in a polluted region and views of beautiful scenery are not as clear.
In my free time I enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities, playing softball with fellow atmospheric scientists, and volunteering with young women in science and athletics.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, ranging from seismology
, rocks and minerals
, and Earth system science
You might also be interested in:
When I began working on research aircraft in 1988, there were very few women involved. Often I was the only one actually flying on the aircraft, collecting data. Over those 20 years, I've seen a small...more
Many students in atmospheric science were motivated to enter the field by some fascinating extreme weather event experienced as a child. This was not the case with me. When I was an undergraduate I was...more
I'm a physical oceanographer interested in climate variability and especially the El Niño phenomenon. Other than the annual cyle of the seasons, El Niño is the largest pulsation of the climate. I'm interested...more
Hola! I am originally from the Netherlands and thereafter spent 3 years as a child in the Peruvian Andes, but I have lived most of my life in the United States. I received my bachelor's degree in physics...more
I am starting my fourth year of graduate school at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studying atmospheric chemistry and climate science. I love earth science and have always wanted to do something...more
I am a university professor involved in studies of the concentration and type of particles contained within clouds. It is important to know these things in order to say how often clouds produce precipitation...more
I am a specialist in ocean-atmosphere interactions. My interests include wave dynamics and wave breaking, the effect of near-surface turbulence on heat, gas, and momentum transport, airborne infrared...more