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I am a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University (2019) and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (2013). Prior to Cornell, I worked as a PE for eight years in the nuclear industry and government performing risk analysis for power generation facilities and urban environments.
My research centers on how regional forests cover and synoptic-scale atmospheric mechanisms of extreme rainfall drive flooding risks. I am currently working on research to evaluate why forest cover change has varied impacts on flooding risks worldwide. I am also interested in how individuals and governmental organizations make investment decisions for flood mitigation. Specifically, I am working to understand how local hydrology and population demographics come together to influence the generation of flooding insurance claims from urban environments in New York State through a collaboration with the New York Water Resources Institute. Finally, I am interested in bridging the gap between emerging methods in isotope-hydrology and modern tools used for flooding risk forecasting. Working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team, I am carrying out modeling experiments drawing on data from both lab- and field-scale studies of isotopic transport and tree root water uptake with the goal of incorporating the functional traits of tree rooting structures into land surface models.