In a report on future strategies and priorities for social, behavioral, and economic sciences, the National Science Foundation states, “The future research will be interdisciplinary, data-intensive, and collaborative.” This notion has become the guiding principle of my research because the challenges I study are inherently interdisciplinary and multidimensional. They revolve around climate change adaptation and resilience to coastal hazards and disasters—all highly complex and interconnected issues that call for interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving.
My research aims to inform coastal adaptation and resilience decision-making through collaborative and policy-relevant science. More specifically, my professional objectives are to:
- Advance a holistic perspective on adaptation and resilience in response to coastal flooding;
- Produce and communicate science on coastal adaptation to diverse stakeholders and translate it into realistic and effective coastal policy and management strategies;
- Evaluate response options to coastal flooding and their implementation by using innovative research methodologies and tools; and
- Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships to develop a comprehensive and robust research platform for successful national and international coastal adaptation.