I work alongside a team of scientists at the State Climate Office of North Carolina and am an affiliate of North Carolina State University. My current research uses data analytics (i.e., data wrangling, statistical and physically-based modeling, and data visualizing) to predict and minimize human impacts on water resources at regional and national scales. I’m passionate about open science and broadly interested in research questions exploring the relationships between humans, climate, and water resources (water quantity and water quality).
I also like to help organize R-Ladies RTP events, help update the R-Ladies Global directory, volunteer at the Durham Farmer’s Market, explore the outdoors (hiking, biking, climbing, swimming), maintain my cultures (kombucha and sourdough), and cook/bake for friends.
PhD in Biological & Environmental Engineering, 2017
MS in Biological & Environmental Engineering, 2012
BS in Biological Engineering (Complex Systems), 2007
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Certified Instructor, 2020
Assessing and Addressing stakeholder needs when implementing machine learning in natural resources management.
Used machine learning models for streamflow prediction applications.
Integrating hydrology model outputs and demographics data to aid risk assessment and climate change adaptation efforts in North Carolina.
Lab study measuring the impact of alternating anaerobic/aerobic conditions on stream biofilms.
Created an ecohydrology stable isotope model to test the two-water-world hypothesis.
Tested two spatial statistics approaches to predict in-stream water quality.
Developed water management recommendations for Neapolis, Crete, Greece.
Navigating RStudio and R Basics - I taught a 2-hr workshop for R-Ladies RTP on March 22, 2021 from 6:30-8:30pm ET. This workshop covered very basic R and RStudio. This event is intended for women and non-binary folks interested in learning more about R. Men are welcome to attend as guests. More info here.
NC State University Libraries Peer Schoolars Workshop - I taught a virtual workshop titled “Introduction to Data Management Plans” on April 7, 2021 from 12pm-1:30pm. More information and to sign-up, visit the peer scholars workshop series calendar here.
Introduction to R for Water Resources Management - I planned to teach a 2-hr workshop at the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute (NC WRRI) Annual Confernece on March 18, 2020 from 1:30-3:30pm but it was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.
NC State University Libraries Peer Schoolars Workshop - I taught a 2-hr workshop titled “Introduction to Data Management Plans” on February 12, 2020 from 12pm-2pm in the D.H. Hill Library ITTC2 Lab. More information and to sign-up, visit here.
American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2019 Coding Help Desk - If you write code for your research and will be attending the AGU 2019 Fall Meeting, consider volunteering at the AGU Coding Help Desk. Find out more about the event and sign-up to volunteer here.
Data Manipulation, Analysis, and Visualization in R using the Tidyverse - I co-organized 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.
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.
American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 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.
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.
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:
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.