I spent my childhood at the edge of the mountains in Boulder, CO, playing in a creek that ultimately provides water to Denver’s urban population and the farms of Eastern Colorado. Growing up and attending college in the Southwest kept the topics of hydrology, drought, snowpack, and water policy in the back of my mind from a young age, so after a few years of teaching and leadership development post-undergrad, I began a PhD in the hydrologic sciences and engineering program at Colorado School of Mines.
My background in Physics and Sociology both contribute to my current research with Dr. Reed Maxwell and as a National Science Foundation IGERT trainee studying the intersection of climate change, water, and society with students at the University of California, Davis. My research interests include using integrated models to better understand hydro-climate interactions in alpine, snow-dominated environments; climate change impacts on headwaters catchments; and collaborating with social scientists to better communicate new hydrologic research to policy makers and stakeholders. Ultimately I am interested in pursuing science communication work to more efficiently apply water resources research to policy and management decisions.