Meet our team.
Dr. Natalie Herbert is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Systems Science and in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Her research investigates decision-making in the face of environmental risk. Dr. Herbert earned her PhD in communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied how to communicate scientific uncertainty. Dr. Herbert was a 2020 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; she was the Rosenblith Fellow in Policy and Global Affairs and the InterAcademy Partnership. As a FloodWise Communities partner, Dr. Herbert co-leads community recruitment, engagement, experimental design and data analysis.
Teal Harrison is a Climate Resilience Specialist with Adaptation International who is specialized in coastal science, flood resilience and community engagement. An advocate for equitable climate change adaptation, Teal works with communities in the Gulf South to assess climate risk and proactively plan for future storms, floods, and coastal hazards. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan, and is an Environmental Fellows Program alum. As a FloodWise Communities partner, Teal co-leads community recruitment, engagement, and training.
Sascha Petersen is the founder of Adaptation International and has been working specifically on enhancing resilience to extreme weather and changing climate conditions for more than 15 years. He has worked with both climate scientists and municipal governments and focuses on bridging the gaps between climate change science, policy, and action including collaborations with dozens of communities across the country. Sascha has a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Pomona College and a Master’s degree focusing on climate change science and policy from the University of Washington. Sascha co-leads the engagement and training components of the FloodWise Communities project.
Dr. Jenna Jorns is the Program Manager for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) at the University of Michigan where she provides day-to-day leadership and administration of GLISA’s operations. She specializes in tailoring climate information in a transparent and collaborative way to meet the needs of regional decision makers. She has a PhD in Geosciences from Princeton University, where she studied the response of marine phytoplankton to increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a FloodWise Communities partner, Dr. Jorns coordinates project team partner institutions, leads reporting, and participates in community recruitment.
Maria Carmen Lemos
Dr. Maria Carmen Lemos is Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and co-Director of the Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the use of scientific knowledge in environmental public policymaking in Latin America and the U.S., especially related to climate change (adaptation and adaptive capacity building) and the co-production of science and policy (the different means to narrow the gap between useful and usable knowledge). Dr. Lemos is the lead Principal Investigator for the Floodwise Communities project, is responsible for overall project direction and execution, and leads the adaptive capacity team.
Dr. Mark Shafer is the Director of the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), a regional program funded by NOAA RISA to work with communities in the South Central U.S. to prepare for extreme events and adapt to climate change. His research interests focus on natural hazards and inclusivity of people in hazard planning processes. Dr. Shafer is a co-Principal Investigator on the FloodWise Communities project, developing tailored climate profiles for all participating communities.
Dr. Gabrielle Wong-Parodi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science and a Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. She has theoretical, methodological, and practical training in the decision sciences (BA in Psychology and MA, PhD in Risk Theory, Communications and Perceptions from UC Berkeley; postdoc, research scientist/faculty at Carnegie Mellon University). Her research applies behavioral decision science research approaches to understand responses to global environmental change and develop evidence-based strategies to meet the challenge of that change. Dr. Wong-Parodi is a co-Principal Investigator on the FloodWise Communities project, bringing her expertise to bear for the project in experimental design, survey development and deployment, data analysis and providing mentorship to students and postdocs.
Patty Hernandez is cofounder and Executive Director of Headwaters Economics, an independent nonprofit that works to improve community development and land management decisions. Patty has partnered with leaders from communities across the country to advance solutions that benefit people and the environment. She holds a Master’s in Ecology and has led Headwaters Economics’ work in climate adaptation and interactive data tool development, including the recent launch of the Neighborhoods at Risk and Wildfire Risk to Communities tools and the organization’s new community flood assistance program. Patty is a co-Principal Investigator on the FloodWise Communities Project, developing tailored socioeconomic profiles through Neighborhoods at Risk and co-leading the online tool development, engagement and training components of the project.
Additional team members
University of Oklahoma, SCIPP
Post Doctoral Researcher
University of California, Berkeley
Joshua “Jay” Wimhurst
University of Oklahoma
University of Michigan
Research and Engagement Teams
Research and Engagement Teams
Climate Resilience Specialist
Sanghamitra “Mia” Sen
University of Michigan