I’m a sustainability scientist working to build more sustainable and resilient urban futures through knowledge and governance innovations! I am interested in the co-production of actionable knowledge to guide urban climate resilience and adaptation decisions. I seek to find and scale-up knowledge systems that feature more equitable processes and outcomes both for communities and cities grappling with how to plan and design their cities and infrastructure for the 21st century. I have a lot of experience working in US Atlantic coastal cities, the US Southwest, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Currently a lot of my scholarship focuses on advancing theory and practice for building resilience to floods, but my work can be applied to other disturbances such as COVID-19 or other unanticipated events.

I am currently completing my PhD at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. I also have a BS in Physics, a Master of Education, and a MS in Community Resources & Development – Sustainable Communities. For more info on my educational background please check out my CV.

Professionally, I am currently a Research Intern sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF). I am working with several researchers at the Forest Service and University of Puerto Rico as well as with several local civic and governmental organizations in San Juan (Puerto Rico) to research and implement strategies to build a more sustainable and resilient city – especially to river and coastal flood hazards. I am collaborating on several IITF research projects including the The San Juan Urban Long-Term Research Area (ULTRA) and the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) projects. Check out the Projects page for more background on these and many other projects I am collaborating on. Reach out and let me know if you’d like to collaborate to help build more sustainable and resilient cities through knowledge and governance innovations!