Melissa Olivar

Melissa Olivar
B.A, Sociology/ International Studies, Undergraduate

Cohort Level: Cohort - IV

Career Goal: My career goal(s) after I graduate from my current degree program would be to get a job with an environmental organization like The Nature Conservancy, where I can help them work in creating environmental policies that pertain to access to clean water in developing countries. Additionally, I would like to get into a master's program for environmental policy (I am not sure from what academic institution yet, but preferably one in New York/ NYC area.)

Expected Graduation Date: September 1, 2021

Degree: B.A Sociology/ International Studies

Research Title: A Comparison of Two Approaches for Estimating Economic and Demographic Exposure to Coastal Risks

Research Synopsis: This project examines economic and demographic indicators of exposure to coastal risks, like storm surge/sea level rise, using GIS.

Approach 1: Use county boundaries to analyze impacts to population, employment, etc.

Approach 2: Use modified county boundaries to analyze impacts, with county boundaries modified using land cover data to remove uninhabited areas: water, wetland, open space.