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Early Career Faculty Awardees

Monica Barra, Assistant Professor of Race and Environment

School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment; Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina.

Understanding the physical and cultural impacts of climate change and adaptation science and policy on non-traditional forms of housing and land tenure among African American coastal communities in the U.S South

Anamaria Bukvic, Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, Virginia Tech

Changing coastlines, changing mobility: when staying in place is no longer an option

  Donovan Finn

Donovan Finn, Assistant Professor of Environmental Design, Policy & Planning

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; Sustainability Studies Program, Stony Brook University

A user-driven framework for harnessing atmospheric research to inform planning and policy for coastal resilience

Carolyn Fish, Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, University of Oregon

Map storytelling to build empathy for coastal Alaskan indigenous communities

Kyle Mandli

Kyle Mandli, Assistant Professor

Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Columbia University

Creating better forecasting and predictive capabilities for coastal flooding due to storms

Talea Mayo, Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics, Emory University

Do you see what I see: Improving the communication of hurricane storm surge risk with GIS mapping


Alexis Merdjanoff, Clinical Assistant Professor in Social & Behavioral Sciences

College of Global Public Health, New York University

Aging in high-risk coastal regions: Examining the social and physical infrastructure needs of older adults in the Gulf Coast


Sam Siedlecki, Assistant Professor

Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut

Predictive frameworks to understand processes driving change in the coastal ocean: coastal biogeochemistry and ocean health metrics relevant to marine resource management on the Northeast shelf

Gabrielle Wong-Parodi

Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Assistant Professor

Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University

A prospective longitudinal study of environmental coastal threats on health and resilience, Gulf of Mexico


Graduate Student Awardees


Brandon Beltz

Brandon Beltz (former participant)

MS Marine Sciences, Stony Brooke University

Brandon received his BS in biology with concentrations in population dynamics and genetics from Grand Valley State University. His interests include marine climate, ecosystem-based modeling and fisheries science.


Nina Berlin Rubin

PhD Student

Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University

Nina studied environmental science and global health at Duke University. Her interests include data analysis, GIS, human resilience, and climate change. 



Jeane Camelo

PhD student, Civil Engineering (Coastal Engineering)

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

University of Central Florida

Jeane received her BS in environmental engineering from the University of Southern California, and her MEng from Oregon State University. Her interests include numerical modeling of storm surge hazards, GIS mapping, and risk communication


Michala Garrison

MS student, Geography

Department of Geography, University of Oregon

Michala received her BS in geography with concentrations in mapping and climate science from Frostburg State University. Her interests include cartography, GIS, climate change, and Arctic regions.

Jack Gonzales

Jack Gonzales

MS student, Geography

Department of Geography, Virginia Tech

Jack received his BS in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. His interests include emerging technologies and monitoring and adapting to coastal hazards.


Kelly McGarry

PhD Student, Oceanography

Department of Marine Science, University of Connecticut

Kelly got her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Notre Dame. Now she studies the biogeochemistry, especially the carbon cycle, of the northeastern U.S. using observations and models.


Gabriella Meltzer

PhD Student, Epidemiology (Social)

College of Global Public Health, New York University

Gabriella uses mixed methods to explore how exposure to natural and manmade environmental hazards exacerbates health disparities in vulnerable populations.

Naomi Miller

Naomi Miller

MS Student, Atmospheric Science

Stony Brook University

Naomi received her BS in environmental science from Juniata College. Her interests include science communication, plant ecology, and climate change.

Huda Qureshi

Huda Qureshi (former participant)

PhD student, Applied Physics and Mathematics

Columbia University


Teresa Norman

Teresa Norman

Master’s Student in Earth and Environmental Resource Management

School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment, University of South Carolina

Teresa received her BA in Environmental Studies and German from Franklin & Marshall College. Her research interests include examining social formations and power relationships in spaces of climate change decision making.

Danielle Sharpe

Danielle Sharpe

PhD Student, Epidemiology

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Danielle received her MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Florida and her BS in History, Technology, and Society with a concentration in the history of medicine from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her interests include GIS, spatial epidemiology, and medical and social vulnerability in the context of disasters and public health emergencies.

Aaron Whittemore

Aaron Whittenmore (former participant) 

MS Student, Geography

College of Natural Resources and the Environment, Virginia Tech

Aaron used methods from both the social and physical sciences to explore how place attachment affects adaptation in flood-prone coastal communities.