About

LAUREN E GRIMLEY

About

I am an early-career scientist studying how natural hazards shape, alter, and sustain communities and landscapes across space and time. I am currently a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with Dr. Antonia Sebastian to determine the cascading socioeconomic impacts of consecutive and compound natural hazards. My research aims at connecting the physical and social dimensions of risk to ensure that the benefits and safety provided by hazard management and climate adaptation strategies are equitably distributed now and into the future.

Education:

    PhD in Earth, Marine, and Environmental Science, 2024
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Advisor: Antonia Sebastian

    MSc in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Water Resources, 2018
    University of Iowa. Advisor: Witold Krajewski
    Iowa Flood Center, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
    Thesis: Urban and rural flood forecasting: a case study of a small town in Iowa (publication)

    BSc in Engineering, Civil & Environmental Concentration, 2016
    Calvin University

Experience:

Trained as a hydrologist and water resources engineer, I have experience using hydrologic and hydraulic models to predict fluvial, pluvial, and coastal flooding. For my MS thesis, I worked with researchers at the Iowa Flood Center to gain a better understanding of how urban rainfall runoff dynamics and the spatiotemporal variability of radar-rainfall impact streamflow predictions (2016-2018). I spent two summers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where I participated in the National Water Center (NWC) Summer Innovators Program organized by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) both as a Research Fellow and a Course Coordinator (2017 & 2018). Before coming to UNC-CH, I worked as a Research Scientist: Hydrology and Water Resources at The Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I helped to develop and test a compound flood modeling approach as part of the state’s Louisiana Watershed Initiative (2018-2021).