B.S., Environmental Resources Engineering, 2022, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
One of my favorite memories growing up was visiting relatives in New York’s Rockaways and spending time on the beach. I was always mesmerized by the beauty and strength of the waves crashing on the shore. However, being from Illinois, the beach often fell to the back to my mind. So when it came time to choose an undergraduate degree, I decided on Environmental Resources Engineering because I was interested in designing solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change through water and ecology. Then after taking courses in hydraulics and river formation, I realized I wanted to learn more about erosional processes that result from the force of open water—which led me back to the beach shores and ocean waves. Specifically, I found living shorelines an especially exciting area because of their ability to combine coastal protection with habitat resiliency. I am looking forward to exploring this area through CERG and being able to support New Jersey coastal communities with my research!