Asha is a Ph.D. student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (EPS) at Johns Hopkins University, working with Professor Ben Zaitchik and the Hydroclimate Research Group. She spent a semester at Duke University’s Marine Laboratory, and received a B.S. from Bucknell University in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Marine Sciences and minor in Economics. Asha completed a NSF REU at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in 2012, understanding spatial and temporal variability in colored dissolved organic matter within the Rhode River sub-estuary of the Chesapeake Bay. Her research interests include remote sensing, spatial analysis, urban heat islands, the interaction between urban heat islands and heat wave events, and aerosol-precipitation processes.