About Us

The faces behind the blog. 

Ben Hatchett, PhD.  By (week)day, Ben is a postdoctoral researcher at the Desert Research Institute.  By night and weekend, Ben is an intrepid backcountry snowboarder, mountain biker, and all-around adventurer in the Sierra Nevada. Ben’s work contributes to improving our understanding and appreciation of the climate system processes that result in dryland (water-limited) environments. These understandings support better forecasts of extreme precipitation and at longer timescales, and ideally encourage more sustainable use of available water resources. Ben foresees that the work undertaken in Eastern California and Western Nevada can be applied to other similar environments throughout the globe.


Zoey Rosen.
Why not have your cake and eat it too? Early on in her undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada-Reno, Zoey decided that her passion for atmospheric science didn’t stop in the lab. She took on a minor in Communications so she can bring emerging science to the public through work in science writing. Zoey will graduate in spring 2017 and is the reason this blog exists.


Meghan Collins, MS. 
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein.
If Meghan could leave one legacy in her life, it would be to bring more curiosity to people and the planet. This led her on an adventurous career in environmental science and STEM education. If asked, she considers her work in STEM and science communication the most fun job to have at the Desert Research Institute.  #learnsomethingneweveryday


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