Former Ph.D. Student (2016)
Susan completed a PhD in 2016 with dissertation research focused on forest effects and climate change effects on mountain snow storage. Susan joined Jessica Lundquist's Mountain Hydrology Lab in 2011 with a BS in Geology from the College of William and Mary, and an MS in Geology from Western Washington University. Her research activies included field data collection, lidar remote sensing, hydrologic modeling, and statistical analyses. While at the UW, Susan taught a graduate course in Water Systems Management, coordinated K-12 outreach activities, volunteered as a technical advisor for the Upper Columbia salmon recovery board, and won several awards, including the Nece Endowed Fellowship for the outstanding UW Water Resources graduate student in 2015.
Susan continues to work on applied projects related to watershed science, climate change adaptation, and river geomorphology as a hydrologist with Natural Systems Design, based in Seattle, WA. A passionate urban gardener and lover of the Pacific Northwest, Susan's free time interests include hiking, kayaking, volunteering with community organizations, practicing Spanish at home and abroad, and frequenting the farmers market.
E-mail: susan at naturaldes dot com
Website: Natural Systems Design
Research: PNW Forest-Snow Website