C2R2 trainees come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. The program accepts a new cohort of trainees once a year.
Spring 2017 Cohort
I was raised in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to the United States and currently reside in East Orange, NJ with my family. I completed my undergraduate degree in Structural Engineering at Princeton University in 2016 and decided to pursue a Master of Science in Structural Engineering at Rutgers University. The Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience program interests me because it aims to address the challenge climate change poses to coastal communities and encourages transdisciplinary collaboration. Developing strategies to mitigate the effects of intensified storm systems and sea level rise has always been of interest to me. I witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey, as well as the threat other storms have posed around the United States and the globe. From a structural engineering standpoint, co-advised by Dr. Husam Najm and Dr. Jie Gong in the Civil Engineering department at Rutgers, I am researching methods to improve structural resilience to flooding and storm surges in coastal communities.
I am from New Jersey and worked in various industries while pursuing a BA and MS in Statistics at Rutgers University. After working as a biostatistical research assistant I returned to Rutgers to pursue a PhD in Environmental Science and spatial analysis as I wanted to further explore my interest in monitoring coastal resiliency. Broadly, I am interested in studying environmental monitoring, the impact of climate change in coastal areas, data analysis and remote sensing. Even though I work mostly in-silico, I am passionate about outdoor activities, travelling, animals and music.
My background is in geosciences, particularly in physical earth systems and climate dynamics. I received my B.S. in Geology from the University of Arizona in 2015, and I am currently a M.S. candidate in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department of Rutgers University. The projects I am currently working on include creating a database of paleostorm records from cores taken in backbarrier environments along the Atlantic coast of the United States. Additionally, I have been working on using a spatio-temporal empirical hierarchical model to analyze multiproxy relative sea level data from the Western Mediterranean. My interests in coastal climate risk and resilience lie within how coastal states, such as New Jersey, will mitigate and adapt to climate change and rising sea levels at the community and government levels. I am also interested in policy development by state and the federal governments that will aid these coastal communities in preparing for climate change.
I grew up in New Jersey before leaving to earn my BA in geology at Mount Holyoke College. I returned to New Jersey and am now a Master’s student in the Ecology and Evolution department working with Dr. Rebecca Jordan. My main research interest is in studying science learning, specifically climate change education and how decision-makers understand climate change science research.
I am a second year Ph.D. student in Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers-New Brunswick, advised by Dr. Jean Marie Hartman. I was born and raised in Union City, NJ and currently reside in Highland Park, NJ. My interest in complex problems such as the interaction of economic value, ecological function, and social/cultural values has led me to study coastal wetland functions and values.
I attended Rutgers- New Brunswick for my undergraduate and completed my Bachelors of Science in International Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behaviors. I then focused on environmental issues in New Jersey by working on conservation, preservation, restoration, and remediation sites across the state. I worked on achieving holistic remediations for federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA/Superfund) and state Site Remediation Program (SRP) sites through advocacy, technical research, public engagement, and education. During my extensive work and volunteer experiences, I have worked with and for nonprofit, public, private, and academic sectors.
My recent research experience has included marsh and bog restorations, Environmental Resource Inventories, watershed and water quality protection, Geographic Information Systems analyses (GIS), and several other projects. This past year I has interned at New Jersey’s Department of State in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and am currently at USEPA Region II’s office of Emergency Response and Remediation Division (ERRD) as part of my Eagleton Fellowship.
Through my C2R2 work, I hope to investigate the interconnectedness of coastal systems and use my knowledge and experience towards the creation of science and policy that will protect people, cities, towns, infrastructure, coastal habitats, and the species which utilize them.