Broadly, I am interested in how coastal systems respond to changes in climate, land-use, and sediment inputs over time. I want to understand where a system’s tipping point is - when do systems become unsustainable under given conditions and how does this manifest morphologically? I have recently started to look at questions such as: Are current projections overestimating possible sea level rise accommodation by marshes? And, how do coastal systems respond to sediment diversion projects meant to restore wetlands? I am also passionate about conveying scientific findings to the public in order to serve the needs of local communities.
I came to Tulane University to explore my interest in coastal system function and sustainability. After working with the Red Cross Climate Centre on climate adaptation programs for disaster risk reduction, I began to better understand the importance of coastal systems to the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. I chose to come to Tulane for the support and resources I need to conduct research that, I hope, will one day improve the lives of those who depend on and enjoy coastal systems.
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