Hi! I am Rebecca Evans, a PhD candidate studying hurricane physics in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami. My PhD advisor is Dr. David Nolan.
I am from Northern Ireland, where I lived until I was 18, competing in British and Irish national gymnastics competitions for Team Northern Ireland in my spare time. Then I went to the University of Oxford, where I got a combined Bachelors and Masters degree in Earth Sciences (geology). At Oxford I picked up rowing, coxing, and cycling. Then I decided to have a change of pace from geology so I could study hurricanes, which I had always found to be truly fascinating. I am now in the final stages of my PhD in hurricane physics at the University of Miami, specifically focusing on how hurricanes are affected by the rising and setting of the sun (the diurnal cycle). In Miami, I started playing beach volleyball, and chess.
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The Diurnal Cycle in Tropical Cyclones
Internal Inertia-Gravity Waves in Tropical Cyclones
Modeling of Tropical Cyclones
Observations of Tropical Cyclones
Check out this video from a recent seminar where I spoke about my PhD research entitled "Diurnal Oscillations in Tropical Cyclones and Their Influence on Gravity Waves in Linear and Nonlinear Models".
In a highlight of my PhD, I was invited to help conduct data collection at the landfall of Hurricane Delta (2020) in southern Louisiana. One of the two projects was the Florida Coastal Management Project wind towers which measure wind speeds in landfalling hurricanes. The other was the MIT Cosmic Watch muon detectors which measure muon production rate in landfalling hurricanes. In this image you can see me attaching a muon detector to the FCMP wind tower, in deteriorating conditions a few hours before landfall. Very cool.