projects

Modeling Water Quality in a Suburban Watershed

Tested two spatial statisics approaches to predict in-stream water quality.

Phosphorus Cycling in Stream Biofilms

Lab study measuring the impact of alternating anaerobic/aerobic conditions on stream biofilms.

Climate Risk Assessment in Western North Carolina

Integrating hydrology model outputs and demographics data to aid risk assessment and climate change adaptation efforts in North Carolina.

Ecohydrological Modeling with Stable Isotopes

Created an ecohydrology stable isotope model to test the two-water-world hypothesis.

Hydrologic Characterization Tool (HCT)

Developing a web-based application to evaluate agricultural best management practices.

Water Management in Crete, Greece

Developed water management recommendations for Neapolis, Crete, Greece.

recent publications

. Applying Climate Change Risk Management Tools to Integrate Streamflow Projections and Social Vulnerability. Ecosystems, 2019.

PDF Dataset Project

. Assessment of Hydrologic Vulnerability to Urbanization and Climate Change in a Rapidly Changing Watershed in the Southeast US. In Science of the Total Environment, 2018.

PDF Dataset Project

. Ecohydrologic considerations for modeling of stable water isotopes in a small intermittent watershed. In Hydrological Processes, 2017.

PDF Dataset Project

. Asssessing BMP effectiveness and guiding BMP planning using process-based modeling. In JAWRA, 2015.

PDF Project

. Incorporating pesticide transport into the WEPP model for mulch tillage and no tillage plots with an underlying claypan soil. In Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 2013.

PDF Project

. Surveying Upstate NY well water for pesticide contamination: Cayuga and Orange Counties. In Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, 2011.

PDF

recent & upcoming talks

Let's Talk About Water: Lost Waterways of Winston-Salem
Sep 5, 2019 5:00 PM
Coupling Hydrologic Model Outputs and Demographics Data to Inform Climate Change Planning (Poster)
Dec 12, 2018 8:00 AM
Developing Climate Change Risk Management Tools Using R & Python
Nov 5, 2018 6:00 PM
Applying Climate Change Risk Management Tools to Combine Social Vulnerability and Future Streamflow Projections
Oct 8, 2018 12:50 PM
Preparing for Climate Change: Using Hydrology Models and Census Data to Map Vulnerable Communities
May 14, 2018 8:00 AM
Integrating Hydrological Models and Census Data to Prioritize Climate Change Preparedness
Apr 11, 2018 2:30 PM
Integrating Hydrological Models and Census Data to Prioritize Climate Change Preparedness
Feb 9, 2018 2:30 PM

teaching & workshops

upcoming workshops:

  • Data Manipulation, Analysis, and Visualization in R using the Tidyverse - I’m co-organizing a workshop with Dr. Ashton Drew for Transmitting Science in Barcelona, Spain from November 4-8, 2019. You can read more about the workshop and sign up here.

past workshops:

  • Exploring Spatial Data with sf - I organized and lead an workshop introducing to the sf package to NC State BAE 590 students. Code and slides from this class can be found here.

  • Coding Help Desk - I co-organized the Coding Help Desk with Dr. Sam Zipper at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, DC. AGU attendees were welcome to stop by and ask coding related questions to volunteers well-versed in R, Python, MatLab, etc. programming.

  • R for Data Science Book Club - I lead a bi-monthly bookclub to work through R for Data Science for R-Ladies RTP.

  • Exploring Spatial Data with sf - I organized and led a 2-hour workshop for R-Ladies RTP introducing members to the sf package in R on July 19, 2018. The repository for this workshop is available here and you can read more about the USGS GAGES-II dataset that we used in the tutorial here.

  • Ecohydrological Modeling for Land and Climate Change - I co-organized and co-led this 4-hour workshop with Dr. Kunwar Singh at the North American International Association for Landscape Ecology (NA-IALE) annual conference in Chicago, IL on April 10, 2018. The goal of this workshop was to train US-IALE members how to calibrate, validate, and visualize SWAT outputs.

  • Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for Ecohydrological Modeling - I co-organized and co-led this 2-day workshop sponsored by the NC State University Center for Geospatial Analytics with Dr. Kunwar Singh at NC State University from March 1-2, 2018. The goal of this workshop was to (1) train attendees how to calibrate, validate, and visualize SWAT outputs and (2) encourage a collaborative SWAT-user community at NC State University.

  • I lead a a workshop on tibbles for R-Ladies RTP.

past teaching:

As a Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence fellow, I taught 2, 2-hour workshops each semester from September 2014 to May 2016 on topics including:

  • Developing Effective Rubrics
  • Using Active Learning Strategies
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Facilitating Classroom Discussions
  • Developing and Maintaining Inclusive Classrooms
  • Future Faculty Preparation
  • Developing Learning Outcomes

I was a teaching assistant (TA) for two courses at Cornell University:

  • Watershed Engineering (BEE 4730) - An senior level capstone engineering course taught by Dr. M. Todd Walter. I organized hands-on laboratory and field activities, graded homework (engineering write-ups and reports) and held office hours. I served as a TA for the Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 semesters.

  • Physical Hydrology for Ecosystems (BEE 3710) - A junior to senior level course covering concepts related to hydrology and the water cycle taught by Dr. M. Todd Walter. I organized hands-on laboratory and field activities, graded homeworks (engineering write-ups and reports), and held office hours. I served as a TA for the Spring 2013 semester.

From August 2007 to August 2008, I taught English as a Second Language to students ages 1 to 60 (private, semi-private, and small class lessons) at Hands-on English in Tokyo, Japan.

contact

  • ssaia@ncsu.edu
  • NC State University, Department of Forestry & Envir. Resources, 2800 Faucette Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA