Climate and Space Sciences and EngineeringClimate & Space Research Building University of Michigan 2455 Hayward Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143
My current research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor involves understating the role that water vapor plays in Easterly Waves (EW). My work strives to understand how the large scale-circulation of these systems interact with water vapor and convection. The results of this work will help with the overall understanding of EW, which in turn could benefit how we visualize these systems in our weather models.
¡Saludos! I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Climate and Space Science and Engineering program. Here, I work with my advisor, Dr. Ángel Adames Corraliza, studying Tropical Dynamics. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I fell in love with the atmosphere. I spent the first years of my undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), where I studied Theoretical Physics with a Curricular Sequence in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. There, I was part of the Local American Meteorological Society (AMS) Chapter where I worked in the officer team as Historian (2014-2015), Vice President (2015-2016) and Outreach Commitee Leader (2016-2017). While attending UPRM, I was also a protégé of the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program for three years (2015, 2016 and 2017 summers). Through my involvement in SOARS I worked the first two years at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) studying the initiation and early development of the MJO. During my last SOARS summer I worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) investigating the Ocean and Atmospheric Transport leading to Arctic Amplification. During my time in SOARS and at UPRM I was able to work with historically underrepresented communities and experienced first-hand the lack of communication in the sciences. Ever since I have made it my duty to mentor my peers, especially those from underrepresented communities, that are interested in participating in research experiences and that wish to pursue graduate studies. All of these experiences have revealed my desire to pursue a career in academia to continue researching, teaching science, and mentoring students. Through my representation and work I will create a diverse and inclusive atmosphere in which students from all backgrounds can strive and become assets to the fields of STEM. Through my position I will inspire others to do the same. In addition, I aspire to conduct research that will directly benefit the Caribbean region, where I grew up and fell in love with the atmospheric sciences.
Part of the work done through SOARS can be accessed through the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Open Sky data base using the following link: https://opensky.ucar.edu/islandora/search/Ro sa%20Vargas?type=dismax.