What is your previous work experience?
Before coming to the Nicholas School, I worked as a research assistant at the Hudson River Foundation, an environmental policy and science research organization in New York City. I mapped oyster reef restoration sites, assisted in grantmaking for research scientists, and advanced the creation of a modern website for the Foundation. I also worked for the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve on their project to expand nature-based shoreline restoration in urban areas.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?

I appreciate that the Nicholas School will teach me to consider the issues facing coastal communities in light of climate change from a scientific, political, and social perspective. I became interested in Duke because of the truly inspiring books and articles on sea level rise and coastal development by Professor Emeritus Dr. Orrin Pilkey.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
My area of focus is on policy mechanisms to aid communities to prepare for and adapt to natural hazards. I will study what makes a community more likely to prepare, why some communities have better outcomes than others after a similar natural disaster, and adaptation strategies at the government level.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
Just visiting the city of Durham once made me excited to see more of it. I love to get involved in the community wherever I go, whether I am in a big city or a rural area. I hope to engage in activism with the student clubs and organizations and see where I can help out in the Duke community.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?

I plan to work for a government agency or not-for-profit organization supporting research, advocacy, and policy development on climate change adaptation, hazard mitigation, and emergency preparedness. In the future, I hope to create case studies of successful adaptation plans and formulate model local legislation that many towns can emulate, creating regional change in the way land is managed and protecting human lives, the environment, and property.

Career interests

Coastal resilience specialist, Hazard mitigation specialist, Environmental planner

Other experience

Community engagement, Event planning and management, Website management

Additional information

Employment Sought:  Research, advocacy, planning, and policy development on coastal resilience and natural disaster emergency preparedness.