After growing up in landlocked Boise, ID I have always been drawn to the coast. I received a B.S. and M.S. in Physical Geography from the University of Victoria, where my research focused on coastal erosion and vegetation restoration. In general, I take great interest in the feedback between coastal geomorphology, plant ecology and human land use decisions. As a PhD student in the Rutgers Department of Geography, Land Change Research Group, my work aims to create a spatial model to quantitatively assess the resilience of coastal landscapes to high intensity storm events and ecosystem disturbance. Through transdisciplinary collaboration and lessons in science communication, the Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience program will help me adapt my research to real world landscape planning scenarios.