I am a Coastal Resilience Specialist with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management based out of Morehead City, North Carolina where I am working to facilitate resilience and adaptation planning in the ... [More]
I am a Coastal Resilience Specialist with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management based out of Morehead City, North Carolina where I am working to facilitate resilience and adaptation planning in the 20 coastal counties of North Carolina. I also am the owner of CK Resilience Planning, a consulting firm that focuses on hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and climate adaptation planning for local, regional, and state public sector agencies. I recently received my Master's in City and Regional Planning at UNC-CH ('18) and specialized in land-use and environmental planning while obtaining the Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate through the DHS Coastal Resilience Center directed by Dr. Gavin Smith. During the program, I have built the knowledge and skills involving basic environmental planning and gained experience working with communities on climate adaptation, hazard mitigation, and disaster recovery plans. I believe that the stories and history of the local people and environment along with sound scientific data are key to unlocking potential solutions to the many emerging issues associated with a changing climate and growing (& sometimes shrinking!) population. My recent work has been in rural post-disaster recovery planning through the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative (HMDRRI) in communities like Fair Bluff, Lumberton, and Princeville, North Carolina as well as local climate adaptation and sea-level-rise planning in Nags Head, NC through North Carolina Sea Grant. I also was the lead graduate research assistant for a project led by Dr. David Salvesen and Dr. Todd BenDor looking at the long-term fiscal impact of floodplain buyouts to municipalities in North Carolina. My undergraduate education and experiences focused on meteorology, climate change, sustainability, communications, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As a future urban/hazard mitigation planner, I hope to use my emergency management and other resilience-related experience to tackle issues facing coastal communities related to climate adaptation, coastal zone management, hazard mitigation planning, and disaster preparedness/recovery. I'd like to be jack of all-trades in the sense that I can help be translator and 'dot-connector' both between various disciplines as well as between the professional world and the general public. I've always been amazed by not only the power of mother nature, but also by human-kind's ability to underestimate her. My passion lies in fostering healthy, connected communities that are resilient to natural hazards in the face of a changing climate, economy and population makeup.