We are pleased to announce that CEE Graduate student Christine Blackshaw wins a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award. She is one of approximately 2,000 outstanding U.S. Graduate Students and the selection was based on merit peer review by external scientific experts. The GRFP is a National Science Foundation-wide program that provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.
Christine proposes to investigate the physical relationship between tropical cyclones and heatwaves and develop a more comprehensive framework to estimate TC-blackout-heatwave hazards at the city scale. She will map spatial and temporal variations of this compound hazard, along with infrastructure and social vulnerabilities, to evaluate the risks they may pose to coastal urban communities.