Rebecca is a Master's student in the Environmental Studies program at CU Boulder. Her academic research spans both theoretical and applied questions of when, why, and how communities and decision-makers adapt to climate variability and change. She is a graduate research student within the CU-Boulder's Western Water Assessment, where she studies drought risk decision-making and vulnerability perception among water managers in the Upper Colorado River Basin. She is also an affiliate with the boutique consulting firm Adaptation International, where she provides research support on vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning projects for communities across the US. Rebecca's interest in climate adaptation and resilience stems from her experiences living and working in some of the most vulnerable places in the world -- including coastal and delta mega-cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, and Dhaka. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked in the international development sector on a range of applied research and capacity building initiatives related to urban sustainability and climate change. From 2010-2011 she was a Fulbright Research Fellow in China, where she researched public participation in water quality monitoring. Rebecca received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College.