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About Me

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Elmira College 

2020 PhD, Earth Science, Ohio State University

2011 Bachelor of Science, Marine Science, Eckerd College


Over half the world’s population lives on the coast and by 2050 half will live in the tropics. Understanding the relationship between where humans live (watersheds) and the local ecosystem services delivered by rivers, plants, animals, and the oceans is critical. This is especially true in the tropics where increased intensity of hurricanes, and rainfall is projected to increase due to climate change.

My research centers on understanding the connection between watershed erosion and coastal deposition and how those processes are influenced by land use change. Specifically, I have been traveling and researching sediment interactions on St. John in the US Virgin Islands since 2008 and continue to do so presently. On the tropical scale I look at global datasets to assess erosion and deposition vulnerability in all tropical watersheds.  

I am passionate about teaching and outreach and take any opportunity to motivate students of all ages to be curious, pursue and understand science as a hobby, passion, or career.

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Stream profiling St. John, USVI
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