My current research focus is on characterizing financial risk associated with water scarcity (or abundance) and evaluating existing and new strategies for managing that risk. I spend equal amounts of my time studying finance, environmental economics, and water resources management. For my M.S. research I studied hydropower extensively, particularly the connection between water supply and revenues for a hydropower facility operating in a deregulated energy market. I am now studying the impact of water levels on the barge industry and corn markets on the Mississippi River.
I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from UVa, I spent about 15 months as an environmental engineer designing and managing small scale energy and water projects in low resource settings. Most of my time in that role was spent on projects located in Kenya and Guatemala. I worked on the technical and business aspects of a solar lighting system project, a biogas generator, and a mobile solar powered vaccine refrigerator. My first year of graduate school I was a Research Assistant in the Water Institute at UNC working on a decision support tool for identifying technological and programmatic solutions for water and sanitation problems in low resource settings. I have worked in Guatemala, Kenya, and Honduras.
I grew up surfing and playing soccer in Wilmington, NC. After moving away from the beach I quickly transition into mountain sports. I have raced road bikes off and on since undergrad and currently (run) race with the Bull City Track Club out of Durham, NC. I also rock climb and spend as much time as I can hunting and fishing.