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I’m an urban sustainability scientist and knowledge architect who researches and implements strategies to build more inclusive, equitable, and resilient cities given today’s rapidly changing environmental conditions. My research centers around redesigning and creating new knowledge systems – what I call knowledge innovation. I have a PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University. I am Postdoctoral Research Associate at Georgia State University in the Urban Studies Institute.
January 2021 - present
Georgia State University
- PostDoc Position
Cities are particularly vulnerable to cloudbursts-short-duration, intense rainfall events-which are often inadequately addressed through conventional stormwater and flood management policy. Climate change is projected to increase the frequency and intensity of cloudbursts in many cities. As minor cloudburst events become more frequent and extreme e...
While studies have suggested that climate change adaptation will require dynamic sets of knowledge types—scientific, technical, local, and tacit—about complex, interconnected problems across spatial and temporal scales, less attention has been directed to how these different ways of knowing might be used to transform specific urban knowledge system...
The burgeoning development of coastal cities coupled with increasing exposure to sea level rise and extreme weather events has exacerbated the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure to floods. In order to make good flood risk reduction and resilience decisions, cities are interested in gaining better insights into what are perceive...
Anticipatory thinking is a critical component in urban planning practices and knowledge systems in an era of unpredictability and conflicting expectations of the future. This chapter introduces “anticipatory resilience” as a futures-oriented knowledge system that intentionally addresses uncertain climate conditions and explores alternative, desirab...
The crises that cities face—such as climate change, pandemics, economic downturn, and racism—are tightly interlinked and cannot be addressed in isolation. This paper addresses compound urban crises as a unique type of problem, in which discrete solutions that tackle each crisis independently are insufficient. Few scholarly debates address compound...
Urban resilience has gained considerable popularity in planning and policy to address cities’ capacity to cope with climate change. While many studies discuss the different ways that academics define resilience, little attention has been given to how resilience is conceptualized across different urban contexts and among the actors that engage in bu...
In this edition of the Cactus Wrendition of the Maricopa Audubon Society, I discuss the concept of light pollutions and its social, ecological, and technological impacts. As this is written for an environmental conservation organization focused on bird conservation, this article goes into depth on the impacts of light pollution on wildlife and bird...
Recent research within the field of natural resource management has been devoted to studying the cognitive structures, called mental models, that guide people’s thoughts, actions, and decision-making. Artificial lighting threatens the sustainability of pristine night skies around the world and is growing worldwide at an average rate of six-percent...
I have been awarded a second grant from NSF to continue my work with the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. In this second project, I am focusing on translating knowledge into action for improving sustainability and resilience outcomes in San Juan. My principal task is to build a Transitions Toolkit that visually presents data and results from the UREx SRN and San Juan ULTRA projects in an accessible and interactive platform using ArcGIS Story Maps for public audiences in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The online transitions toolkit is designed to assist communities and decision-makers in San Juan, Puerto Rico to learn from and be inspired by participatory visions of the future in 2080 to transition to a more resilient, connected, food & energy secure, just, and livable San Juan. In other words, to turn this valuable knowledge into action and on-the-ground projects. We are developing a Story Map to allow communities and decision-makers to interact with the knowledge products from multiple sources including the work of the UREx SRN, the San Juan ULTRA, and others. The Story Map is a synthesis of many information sources and types including key challenges the region faces, participatory visions of the future, image renderings of those visions, stories or narratives of the future, key strategies that participants would like to use to achieve that future, strategies that other cities are using, and other resources.
This UREx SRN research theme focuses on two primary objectives: (1) the conceptual development of a framework for understanding social value creation in the climate adaptation and resilience context and (2) knowledge exchange between cities: sharing successful climate projects that have generated significant social values in addition to mitigating climate risks such as droughts, heat waves, urban flooding, coastal flooding, and sea level rise. The second objective is achieved through the development and publication of the Social Value of Adaptation and Resilience Case Study Database.