Coupled human-natural systems; coastal hazards related to global change and anthropogenic processes; environmental governance; fluvial-deltaic sediment dynamics; continental margin evolution
My work is broadly interdisciplinary, and geographically centered on the megadeltas of South and South East Asia.
I use integrated quantitative and qualitative methods such as computational models and ethnography. Mixed methods allow me to explore complex feedbacks between global change (sea level rise, rainfall shifts), human activity and decision making (land use, agriculture, infrastructure, water diversion), and the system vulnerabilities these interactions produce.
Beyond human timescales, I am interested in the fate of river-borne material once it enters the ocean, and how particulate transfer across the land-sea boundary changes in space and time.
- Recognized for Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Coastal and Climate Science, East Carolina University, Department of Coastal Resources Management, 2018
- Visiting Scientist, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research-UfZ, Leipzig Germany, 2018
- Visiting Scholar, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington, 2016
- Research Affiliate, Center for the Analysis of Socioecological Landscapes, Indiana University Bloomington, 2016
- Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2014