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 currently a PhD candidate in the Water Resources IGERT program at the University of Idaho, where I continue to build skills in GIS and spatial analysis, social research techniques, water law, and the art of collaborative research. My dissertation is interdisciplinary, with a broad objective of highlighting socio-hydrological vulnerability in the Columbia River Basin. I am humbly examining how to measure and communicate vulnerability, how social networks may help tell the story of community resilience, and how to infuse policy and management with local and indigenous knowledge.
I am a systems thinker with strengths in creative problem solving, leadership, group facilitation, and mediation. 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. I currently hold a B.A. in public policy and health policy studies from Duke University, and an M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management from Oregon State University.