Ryder is a first year PhD student at the University of Miami, RSMAS, studying Meteorology and Physical Oceanography. A Department of Energy CSGF Fellow and a Point Scholar, Ryder uses numerical weather prediction models to improve hurricane forecasts alongside their personal background, educating people about severe weather preparedness. Their research background includes studying various tropical phenomena within their department, two years studying hurricane intensification at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and applying hurricane expertise to machine learning algorithms at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
Ryder received their B.S. in atmospheric physics from New Mexico Tech, turning a youthful dream of embracing science into a reality after thirty plus years. They have been involved in oSTEM since 2014, serving as the president of their school’s chapter for two years, as well in various positions with D & I. Ryder additionally volunteers as the student member of the Board of Women and Minorities with the American Meteorological Society.
Ryder and their wife Lilian’s love story blossomed inside oSTEM, advocating together for safer campuses and empowered LGBTQIA individuals. If the couple isn’t stirring up community somewhere, you’ll find them exploring the beaches of Miami, most likely with 25 or so dogs in tow!