I was born and raised in Rhode Island (the Ocean State!) and have lived in New York since 2008. I hold a BA in Urban Studies from Barnard College, and a MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, where I focused on public space and the role of community organizing post-Sandy in New York City. Prior to coming to Rutgers to pursue a PhD in Human Geography, I worked at the USDA Forest Service – NYC Urban Field Station, collecting data on civic stewardship groups across the region for STEW-MAP (the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project). I plan to build off my past research to examine the role of civic groups in preparing for and responding to acute and chronic climate events. As a C2R2 trainee, I hope to broaden my perspective in order to approach coastal resilience from a more informed and transdisciplinary approach.