I serve as Associate Program Manager of the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Program Disasters program area. In this role, I help administrate a range of projects funded by the program, as well as supporting the disaster response activities by providing satellite data and insight to a range of stakeholders before, during and after disasters strike. I am excited to leverage NASA’s unique assets and knowledge to improve the resilience of communities around the world to hazards and disasters.
Alongside this programmatic role, I am involved in several research projects. I lead research that seeks to understand how satellite observations can be used to inform estimates of agricultural soil erosion, as well as how medium term weather forecasts can be used to predict extreme rainfall events. I am also part of the NASA Landslides research team, where my current research focus is to better understand and model the exposure and risk faced by human settlement due to landsliding. This is a globally pervasive hazard, but the risk associated with landslides remains poorly constrained at a global extent. The primary aim of my work is thus to better model the economic and social impacts of landsliding globally, and in near-real time, using satellite data.