Research in my lab focuses on understanding hydrological extremes and their connections to the natural and built environment. We are interested in the influence of climate variability, greenhouse warming, urbanization, and land use on flood risk. We are also interested in how floods and climate-related disasters shape landscapes and the inhabitants of those landscapes.
Extreme events occur infrequently, so our research draws on historical and geological perspectives to better evaluate the causes and consequences of storms and floods. Our projects typically use sedimentary records to reconstruct environmental changes over hundreds to thousands of years. We combine these geological records with instrumental, historical, and archaeological datasets to inform a variety of computational approaches, including statistical and earth system models.