Kyle has been an indispensable research technician in the Forest Hydrology Lab for several years. He is now a senior majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning with a double minor in Environmental Science and Wetland Science. His expected graduation date is May 2015.
A native of Washington, D.C., Kyle is interested in how scientific research translates into public policy. His work in the Forest Hydrology Lab has given him good insight into the scientific process– from field work and lab work, to data analysis and synthesis.
A lover of oceans and beaches, Kyle has always had a fondness for the coast. In a broader sense he is interested in coastal management and planning, and hopes to gain a master’s degree in a related field. In addition to coastal hazards and mitigation, he is particularly concerned with the effects of climate change on coastal regions, including:
- sea level rise
- wetland loss
- increased storms and flooding events
- impacts on water resources
- shoreline erosion
- policy and planning measures
Overall, Kyle would like to see more robust planning measures at local, state, and federal levels. He hopes that in the future the gap between scientific findings and policy implementation will be reduced, and more can be done to manage and plan for the climactic changes of the future.