||M.S. Student (Graduate Research Assistant)
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Mann Hall, Room 424
2501 Stinson Drive
Raleigh NC 27607
I am in my final year of graduate school with the CCHT at North Carolina State University and will soon be looking for a job. I am originally from Michigan where we have a different kind of coastline, but a very large one none the less. Living near the Great Lakes, my love for the natural environment was always present. I studied environmental science and mathematics at the University of Michigan for my undergraduate degree and then ecology for my masters. After graduating, I worked with various organizations on things related to environmental education, communication and outreach, and fresh water studies, and in a more pivotal position working on a coastal watershed restoration project on a small island in the Pacific Ocean. It was here where I fell in love with that other coast, the salty one. Afterward, I worked in landscape limnology (freshwater) research at Michigan State University with some truly amazing people who helped me develop an interest in the research process. From there I decided I needed a new challenge and needed to develop my own research interests, so I decided to apply to go back to school.
I am currently performing research on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) project, “Improving the Efficiency of Wave and Surge Models via Adaptive Mesh Resolution“, which has the goal of improving the efficiencies of the widely-used SWAN+ADCIRC models for hurricane waves and storm surge. My role on this project is to determine which components of a storm need to be used to as ’triggers’ for mesh switching for improved simulation efficiency and accuracy.
The first two years of my degree, I worked on the NSF project “Subgrid-Scale Corrections to Increase the Accuracy and Efficiency of Storm Surge Models,” which has the goal of incorporating the more nuanced structure of coastal landscapes available in higher resolution storm surge models into broader scaled models thus reducing computation times while also maintaining model accuracy.
I will be graduating this coming summer (summer 2021) and I hope to use my numerical modeling and quantitative skills to assist coastal communities as they prepare for the unforeseen changes they will experience. This includes learning more about coastal processes and coastal modeling to understand how storm events and subsequent storm surge will impact and alter the coastal landscape. As well as analyzing coastal environment related data and generate guidance to a broad range of users and help communities meet their future needs in addressing strategic climate-water-weather related issues.
In addition to my work at NC State, I am also passionate about my personal health and fitness so I spend most of my free time either at the gym or cooking in the kitchen. I also love to read and spend time in the outdoors. I hope to experience all that North Carolina has to offer from the mountains to the sea.