Disseminating water science into effective policy and governance; Resilient water resources planning; Water and conservation finance.
Nicholas School of the Environment
Concentration: Water Resources Management
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Majors: Environmental Geology; Environmental Studies
Minors: Political Science; Biology; Chemistry
Providing data analysis support to the water finance team. Currently performing a debt characterization and trend analysis of water utilities in North Carolina. Fall 2017 – Present.
Providing confidential environmental science advising to a case team of six people in order to meet the goals of our client. Facilitate weekly case team meetings and met deadlines for deliverables to our client. Presented on behalf of our client to a state government agency. August 2017 – Present.
Performed an in-depth financial analysis of all 50 states use of their State Revolving Funds for financing drinking and wastewater infrastructure. Provided policy analysis on the National Flood Insurance Program to incorporate climate-smart solutions for repeatedly flooded homes. Conducted interviews with homeowners to record flooding experiences. Summer 2017.
Researched the extent that water infrastructure spending through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is responsive to federal regulations in the context of equality and equity across all states. Gathered, organized, annotated, and merged large data layers for all 50 states in Excel and ArcGIS. Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.
Federal Policy Engagement Intern, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
Coordinated across TNC state chapter members and other nonprofit organizations to organize advocacy events and letters of support. Authored policy summaries and memorandums on current legislative priorities. Summer 2016.
Authored and published news briefs and policy, tracked and analyzed geoscience policy and legislation, participated in briefings, hearings, and coalition meetings. Engaged with congressional member staff to address geoscience concerns in their districts. Spring 2016.
Researched wildlife conservation policies, including climate change finance and appropriations. Tracked legislation, drafted science and policy memos, attended congressional hearings and briefings. Fall 2015.
Skills: Water resources finance, planning, and management; data analytics and statistics (Excel; ArcGIS Pro; R; Access; Stata; MATLAB); environmental law and policy analysis; watershed hydrology; wetlands ecology; public-private partnerships; financial analysis; project management.
Publications: Atkins, M., December 2016, Geologic Aspects and Future of Nuclear Waste Disposal; AAPG Explorer
Student Groups: Co-President of Duke Water Network; Co-President of Green Roof and Orchard Workforce;
Professional Affiliations: Geological Society of America, American Water Resources Association