I’m a transdisciplinary sustainability scientist working to build more sustainable and resilient urban futures through knowledge and governance innovations! I research urban resilience to extreme weather events but spend most of my mental energy pondering how to make cities more resilient to floods. The majority of my research focuses on urban resilience in US, Latin American and Caribbean cities. I have a BS in Physics, a Master of Education, and a MS in Community Resources & Development – Sustainable Communities. I am currently completing my PhD at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. For more info on my background please check out my CV.

I am also 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 background on each of the projects I am collaborating on. Reach out and let me know if you’d like to collaborate on these or new projects to help build more sustainable and resilient cities through knowledge and governance innovations!