Mika Tosca is a trained climate scientist, having completed her Ph.D. in 2012 at the University of California, Irvine with Drs. James Randerson and Charles Zender. While at Irvine, Dr. Tosca researched the interconnectivity of the climate system with landscape wildfires and their particulate (aerosol) emissions using Earth system models. She continued this work as a postdoctoral scholar under the advisement of Dr. David Diner at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (a federally funded NASA research lab) in Pasadena, Calif. There, she used multiple satellite sensors to research the interactions between climate, clouds, and fires, even traveling as far as Namibia in 2016 to observe the complex relationships between wildfire smoke and cloud formation as part of the NASA ORACLES field campaign. In 2017 she took a position as an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is now investigating whether artists and designers can help scientists conduct climate science more effectively. She has been invited to speak on the role of scientists, artists, and citizens in communicating climate change and continues to research contemporary climate science questions. She continues to be vocal about the urgency of addressing climate crisis. Mika is a self-proclaimed “weather weenie” and avid marathoner, and lives in Chicago with her partner and their impeccably adorable pup. Her citations can be found here.