InterDisciplinary

Pollution Variability in Urban Environments (PVUE)

By kyle johnson, rhiannan cahoe, victoria fortner, david bludis, alex klucher, andrew malmgren, & austin sheridan

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Kyle Johnson is a fourth-year student at Millersville and is pursuing a major in Meteorology and a minor in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management.  He helped to start the PVUE project early in the summer of 2021 and took a lead role in the project’s data collection phase. While air chemistry is not one of Kyle’s main interests, he felt that the premise of the project was intriguing and wanted a chance to get more research experience under his belt. One of his most memorable experiences with the project was designing and building a mobile weather station which was mounted to the roof of his car, allowing the PVUE team to easily gather hyperlocal

weather data in the field. After graduating from Millersville, Kyle plans to attend graduate school to pursue his interests in tropical and mid-latitude meteorology, and specifically the physics of the interactions between post-landfall tropical cyclones and mid-latitude weather systems.

Rhiannon Cahoe is from Elverson, PA. She is a junior meteorology major at Millersville University and is pursuing minors in mathematics and photography. She is a student member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) as well as Millersville University’s AMS Student Chapter. Since childhood, she has always found weather fascinating and is always ready to learn more about the atmosphere. Outside of school, Rhiannon enjoys activities such as hiking, reading, fishing, playing guitar, and is a member of her hometown’s local classic car club, which she volunteers as the photographer during car shows. She also enjoys playing softball and is the founding 

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member of Millersville University’s Club Softball Team. After graduating, she would like to go into severe weather research and create a photography business. Micrometeorology is a captivating category of meteorological science that she had never thought of exploring until the PVUE project was introduced. She has learned a lot about the process and the science behind it all. 

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Victoria Fortner is from York, Pa and is a junior meteorologist major and is also pursuing a mathematics minor. She’s always been passionate about meteorology and just recently realized how much she loves the research aspect in meteorology. When she heard about this research project through her professor, Dr. Clark, she knew it would be a great opportunity to get her hands on research that could make a difference in people’s lives. She wanted to see firsthand how humans creating pollution in the atmosphere led to more issues specifically for lower income households. Her main goal as a scientist is to make a difference in our local communities and influence better data quality for them.