Kim is a UCAR Postdoctoral Researcher and Policy Advisor at the NOAA OAR Office of Weather and Air Quality. Her research involves behavioral science focused on weather and climate risk, and specifically explores the effects of risk visualization on judgment, and perceptions of severe weather risk from place-based and cognitive perspectives. Additional projects have included analyses of agricultural risk decision-making, consumption and debt changes following tornadoes, and cultural analyses of climate change beliefs.
In addition to research pursuits, Kim is working to develop a NOAA/OAR strategy for integrating social and behavioral sciences into meteorological research, operations and applications.
Kim was the 2013-2014 AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow, and worked in the office of Senator Jeff Merkley on several issues, including natural hazards mitigation and financing, water infrastructure, control and cleanup of environmental pollution, offshore oil & gas drilling, and fisheries management.
Prior to her fellowship year, Kim earned her Doctorate in Hazards Geography and Masters of Professional Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, and Bachelors degrees in Economics and Meteorology from Purdue University.