I have a life-long love of storytelling and problem solving. These fascinations have shaped me as a social scientist, project coordinator, researcher, writer, traveler and photographer. I am a native of the Pacific Northwest and feel drawn to the social and environmental issues that shape my home.
I am a recent graduate of the Water Resources IGERT PhD program at the University of Idaho, where I developed skills in GIS and spatial analysis, social research techniques, water law, and the art of collaborative research. My dissertation is interdisciplinary, integrating principals of hydrology, geography, natural resource management, and social science. I examined how to measure and communicate vulnerability to water resource loss at the subbasin scale across the Columbia River Basin (USA). I also participated in a collaborative review of mountain climate research in the Basin.
I am a systems thinker with strengths in creative problem solving, leadership, group facilitation, and conflict resolution. My career goals include building community resilience to climate change through locally defined water management, and grassroots, proactive adaptation. My work experience in this field is diverse, and includes: coordinating the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project with the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition in Lincoln County, Oregon; facilitating integrated water resource management efforts in the Rulindo District of Rwanda, Africa; and coordinating research at the AquaFish Innovation Lab at Oregon State University, where my work integrated water resources, gender equity, and food security.