Kristina Alixis Rolph

Kristina Alixis Rolph

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student
408 Walker
University Park, PA 16802


  1. Ph.D. - Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, The Pennsylvania State University, PA (expected 2020)
  2. BA - Astrophysics, Minor in Applied Mathematic, Franklin and Marshall College, PA (2015)

Research Specialties:


Carbon cycle modeling and greenhouse gas mitigation in the agricultural sector.


 Kristina is a fifth-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Concerned with rising global temperatures and weather anomalies, Kristina studies the impacts of greenhouse gases on the global climate. She is interested in modeling the global carbon cycle - how emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from human activities affect atmospheric chemistry and ultimately lead to global warming. More specifically, her thesis work looks at how current mitigation techniques in the agricultural sector reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

In the spring of 2015, she received a Bachelors in Astrophysics and a minor in Applied Mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate student, she worked as a laboratory teaching assistant and tutor for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Preparing classroom lesson plans and guiding students’ academic development were her typical responsibilities. Her past work experience also extends to sales and public services.



Rolph, A. K., C. E. Forest, and M. D. Ruark (2019), The role of non-CO2 mitigation options within the dairy industry for pursuing climate change targets, Enviro. Res. Letters., Accepted 11 June 2019, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab28a3.

Crawford, F., A. Rane, L. Tran, K. Rolph, D. R. Lorimer, and J. P. Ridley (2016), A search for highly dispersed fast radio bursts in three Parkes multibeam surveys, Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 460(3), 3370–3375, doi:10.1093/mnras/stw1233.

Shkolnik, E. L., K. A. Rolph, S. Peacock, and T. S. Barman (2014), Predicting Lyα and Mg II fluxes from K and M dwarfs using galaxy evolution explorer ultraviolet photometry, Astrophys. J. Lett., 796(1), 1–15, doi:10.1088/2041-8205/796/1/L20.


  • American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Conference, Washington, D.C. (December 10-14, 2018)
  • Comprehensive Exam, State College, PA (July 20, 2018)
  • American Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Conference, New Orleans, LA (December 10-16, 2017)
  • Candidacy Exam, State College, PA (October 9, 2017)
  • Sustainable Dairy All-Hands Meeting, Raleigh, NC (April 20, 2017)
  • Technical English Exam, State College, PA (December 8, 2016)
  • Sustainable Dairy All-Hands Meeting, Madison, WI (March 1-2, 2016)
  • Central PA Consortium Astronomers' Conference, Lancaster, PA (April 5, 2014)
  • American Astronomical Society Meeting, Washington, DC (January 5-9, 2014)


Current Employment

Graduate Research Assistant at Pennsylvania State University.

Past Employment
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (METEO 3, METEO460, METEO470) at Pennsylvania State University (2018-2020).
  • External contractor for Prescient Weather. (Summer 2018)
  • Laboratory teaching assistant and tutor at Franklin & Marshall College. (2012-2015)
  • Summer research intern at Northern Arizona University. (2014)
  • Concessions operator and cashier at Regal Entertainment. (2012-2013)


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