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Final Reflection: Resilient Islands Project in the Dominican Republic

By • Aug 26th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

While working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) this summer, I focused on three research questions. In my final post, I would like to revisit my research questions and summarize what I have learned during the past several months. 1)  What techniques are used for assessing a community’s vulnerability to climate change? I learned several different techniques […]

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Update 3: Fieldwork Week 2 in the Dominican Republic

By • Aug 18th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my last blog post, I discussed my first week of field work in the Dominican Republic, which was spent evaluating coral cover using aerial and aquatic drones. In this post, I will discuss my second week of field work and what I have been working on since then. The second week of field work in […]

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Update 2: Week 1 of Fieldwork in the Dominican Republic

By • Aug 5th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past week and a half I traveled to the Dominican Republic with Dr. Steven Schill, lead scientist of the Caribbean division of The Nature Conservancy, and Dr. George Raber  a volunteer with the Nature Conservancy and a geography professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. The first several days of fieldwork were focused […]

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Update 1: The Resilient Islands Project in the Dominican Republic

By • Jul 9th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer I am working on a project called the Resilient Islands Project, which is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. For this project, I am exploring three main research questions. What techniques are used for assessing a community’s vulnerability to climate change? How […]

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Abstract: The Resilient Islands Project in the Dominican Republic

By • Apr 25th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I will conduct research with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) this summer to work on the Resilient Islands project. I will be studying how Community-based Adaptation (CbA) and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approaches can be used to better prepare communities in the Caribbean for the effects of climate change. CbA and EbA together work to address ecosystem health […]

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New Bern and Williamsburg – The Final Look

By • Aug 22nd, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my last post I discussed my visit to New Bern to select and photograph homes. The next part of my research process was to select houses that I would analyze in Williamsburg. Initially I thought I would be able to compare homes of very similar ages but this turned out not to be the case. […]



Traveling to New Bern

By • Aug 15th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since my last blog post I have traveled to New Bern, North Carolina. I photographed about 10 different structures that were built prior to 1800 and then chose about five that I will examine further. Before I leave campus for the summer I will also choose which five homes in Williamsburg I would like to analyze, […]



If Walls Could Talk – The Beginning

By • Jun 29th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer I am researching the architecture of historical buildings and how they were perceived at the time of their construction. I’ll be looking at 18th century homes in Colonial Williamsburg as well as in coastal North Carolina. My firsts step in beginning my research process was to meet with Mr. Klee the architectural historian […]



If Walls Could Talk – A Historical Look at Coastal North Carolina Architecture

By • Mar 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Frequently architecture is viewed based on today’s standards. Design, layout, size and appeal are considered in terms of our current society. Through my research project I’m looking at the past — not from a current perspective looking back — but at historical buildings in the context of the society at the time they were built . I’m […]