Coupled human-natural systems, coastal hazards related to global change and anthropogenic processes, environmental governance, fluvial-deltaic sediment dynamics, continental margin evolution
PhD: Vanderbilt University, 2012
BSc: University of Texas at Austin, 2000
Recognized for Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Coastal and Climate Science, East Carolina University, Department of Coastal Resources Management, 2018
Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2014
My work is broadly interdisciplinary and geographically centered on the megadeltas of South and South East Asia.
I integrate quantitative and qualitative approaches such as field measurements of sedimentation, computational models, and ethnographic techniques to explore complex feedbacks between fluvial and coastal processes, global change (sea level rise, rainfall shifts), and human decisions regarding land use and infrastructure that are shaping deltas and their coastal environments.
Beyond human timescales, I am interested in the fate of river-borne material once it enters the ocean, and how particulate transfer across the land-sea boundary changes in space and time.