Postdoc, 2012-17, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA), Pasadena, CA; Ph.D (Earth System Science), 2012, University of California, Irvine; M.S. (Earth System Science), 2009, University of California, Irvine; B.S. (Mathematics-Statistics), 2006, University of Connecticut.


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Personal Statement

Mika (Mick) is a trained climate scientist, having completed her Ph.D. work with Drs. Charlie Zender and James Randerson at the University of California, Irvine in 2012. While at Irvine, Dr. Tosca researched the interconnectivity of the climate with landscape fires and particulate (aerosol) emissions. She continued her work as a postdoctoral scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (a contracted lab of NASA) in Pasadena, CA, working under Dr. David Diner. There she continued researching the interactions between climate and landscape fires, even traveling as far as Namibia in 2016 to research the complex relationships between smoke from fires and cloud formation. She continues to explore contemporary science questions concerning climate change and has given several invited presentations to various organization. She is excited to be in Chicago working at SAIC as an assistant professor.

Current Interests

I am acutely interested in how human activity has caused and contributed to climate change and how climate change, in turn, has changed human societies (on varying scales). I am also increasingly interested in the intersection between contemporary queer, feminist and environmental issues.


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