Research Interests

  • Coastal resilience
  • Sea-level rise, coastal erosion
  • Climate change impacts to marine and coastal ecosystems
  • Climate adaptation
  • Environmental policy and financing


  • M.A. International Environmental Policy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, 2006
  • B.A. French, Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2000


Through my work at the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, I focus on applying scientific modeling, observations, and tools to guide climate change adaptation policies and investments, especially in coastal landscapes. I am interested in methods for tracking climate change trends at a local scale, developing and testing experimental adaptation strategies, and the intersection of these new science frontiers with advancements in policy and financing approaches.

As a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist, I also specialize in developing science translation products and identifying research needs voiced by coastal managers, state and local decision-makers, and stakeholders. Much of this work is multi-disciplinary and involves multi-sector partnerships to meet important knowledge gaps and broaden shared understanding of climate science.


  • Technical advisory council member, California Governor’s Integrated Climate 
  • Adaptation and Resilient Program 
  • Co-chair, San Diego Sea-level Rise Working Group 
  • Advisory board member, Climate Science Alliance
Research Topics: Coastal Processes