Mika Tosca is a full-time faculty member teaching climate sciences at SAIC and a climate scientist at JPL in the joint JPL-UCLA JIFRESSE program. Her research is focused on elucidating the impact of biomass burning (and other absorbing) aerosols on cloud dynamics, meteorology, and regional and global climate. She is also an affiliate researcher with the Clouds & Aerosols Group at JPL and on the MISR and AirMSPI science teams. She is also an out and proud transgender scientist (she/her pronouns). She earned my Ph.D. in Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine, in the Earth System Science Department.