Sediment dynamics; coupled human-natural systems; environmental governance and institutions; deltaic and coastal geomorphology; continental margin evolution; global change
My work is broadly interdisciplinary, centering on large river deltas. I study interactions between climate, river & marine processes, and human decision making, and how these collectively shape floodplains, coasts, and nearshore environments.
I use integrated quantitative and qualitative methods such as computational models and ethnography. Mixed methods allow me to explore the complex feedbacks between global change (sea level rise, rainfall shifts) and human activity (land use, agriculture, infrastructure, water diversion). Stakeholder involvement is an integral part of my research approach.
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.
- Visiting Scholar, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington, 2016
- SEES Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2014