In the future it will be imperative for local and global governments to make sustainable water resource allocations based on sound scientific inquiry. Knowledge of how coastal groundwater and surface water have been impacted by parameters such as changing sea level, anomalous precipitation events (i.e, droughts, hurricanes), and expanded agriculture will be crucial pieces of information in order to make these important adaptive decisions.
My studies focus on paleoclimate and paleohydrological reconstruction of coastlines using stable isotope geochemistry and microfossils. I am interested in the response of how global hydrology will interact with our changing climate, and in turn how this may impact human life in both the long and short term. In addition to my work with Dr. Reinhardt in the School of Earth, Environment & Society, I will be working with Dr. Nidhi Nagabhatla and the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health through the Water Without Borders program. This is a collaborative degree program that will address the interdisciplinary and cross-boundary issue of global water sustainability using a hands-on policy and rights based approach.
I am also dedicated to the continual improvement of science education, specifically focusing on climate and water centered issues mixed with rights-based environmental sustainability. As a scientist and a student I have learned that no matter how much I personally know, I can never make a difference in this world unless I am able to effectively disseminate my knowledge. I therefore feel committed to improve the efficiency of science education and communication using sound pedagogy and scientific study.
- EARTHSC/ENVIRSC 2E03: Earth History, Fall 2017 T.A.