About Me

I earned my Ph.D. in the Division of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. My research focuses on landscape dynamics and the complex feedbacks within coupled human-landscape systems. These interactions and feedbacks are especially strong at water-land boundaries, such as along coastlines or rivers. Water, although necessary for life and agriculture, threatens humans and infrastructure during natural disasters (e.g., floods, hurricanes) and through sea-level rise. In my research, I seek to better understand landscape dynamics in these settings, and principally how humans have either directly modified or influenced the morphodynamics of these landscapes. I use innovative numerical models to study the larger-scale emergent interactions and most critical variables of these systems, allowing us to clarify the most important feedbacks and explore large space and time scales.

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Subaqueous Wax Lake Delta, LA, USA