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Kristen was born in Orlando, FL and moved to Scottsdale, AZ at age 11. She obtained a B.S. in Environmental Geology, graduating Cum Laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2011). During this time, she also received the Holly Day Barnett Award for her community service and future plans to apply the earth sciences towards environmental solutions (2010). Post-graduation, Kristen completed internships with three California agencies: the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Ecology Action's Livestock and Land Program (2011-2012). In 2013, Kristen then began her graduate level studies at ASU, joinging the hydrosystems team as a master's student. In 2015, she earned her M.S. degree after successfully completing and defending her research project investigating the ecohydrological role of biological soil crusts within dryland regions. Now Kristen is enrolled in SESE’s Ph.D. program, and working as a graduate research assistant within two research networks: (1) the Hydrological Extremes Working Group (CHExWG) of the Urban Resilience Sustainability Research Network (UREx-SRN) and (2) the MEGADEPT project.


Ecosystem services
Watershed hydrology
Hydroclimatic and ecohydrologic modeling of urban environments
Downscaling global climate datasets
Sustainable land-use development
Geographic information systems
Numerical modeling and remote sensing
Agent-based modeling for sustainability
Earth science education research
Science diplomacy

Current Projects

1. Modeling future climate and hydrological extremes within urban systems

Contact Information

Office: ISTB4-768
Phone: 480-727-3572