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Kristen Whitney

Kristen Whitney

Graduate Fellow, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Arizona State University

Kristen.Whitney@asu.edu

School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
PO Box 876004
Tempe, AZ 85287-6004

Titles

  • PhD Candidate, School of Earth and Space Exploration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate Fellow, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Arizona State University

Biography

Kristen is a PhD candidate in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She is currently investigating the impacts of historic and future-projected extreme hydroclimate events on watershed responses across the Colorado River Basin using numerical modeling and statistical analysis methods. She is particularly interested in the effects of concurrent (simultaneous) extreme events, which are anticipated to become more frequent and pose greater risks for water resources. Kristen recently completed an internship at ESRI (summer of 2018), and helped develop an ArcGIS Online Learn Lesson about climate science and how to analyze such data. In 2015, she earned her MS degree in Geological Sciences at ASU, defending her thesis on the ecohydrological role of biological soil crusts. She obtained a BS in Environmental Geology, graduating Cum Laude from the University of California-Santa Cruz (2011). Kristen aims to work as a PhD-level geospatial data scientist and product engineer to improve available technologies, products, and workflows for decision making under climate change and other uncertainties.

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Journal Articles

2017

Whitney, K. M., E. R. Vivoni, M. C. Duniway, J. B. Bradford, S. C. Reed and J. C. Belnap. 2017. Ecohydrological role of biological soil crusts across a gradient in levels of development. Ecohydrology 10(7):e1875. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1875. (link )

Posters

2017

Whitney, K. M., T. J. Bohn and E. R. Vivoni. 2017. Modeling land surface hydrology sensitivity in the Colorado River Basin and its urban areas to historical meteorological data. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, New York, NY.

2015

Whitney, K. M., E. R. Vivoni, M. C. Duniway, J. B. Bradford, S. C. Reed and J. C. Belnap. 2015. Role of biological soil crusts in hydrologic modeling of western high-desert ecosystems.. Poster presented at the Third Annual Arizona Geological Society Doug Shakel Memorial Student Poster Event, Tempe, AZ.

Presentations

2017

Whitney, K. M., T. J. Bohn and E. R. Vivoni. 2017. Modeling land surface hydrology sensitivity in the Colorado River Basin to historical climate variability. Presentation at the American Geophysical Union Conference, December 11-15, 2017, New Orleans, LA.

2015

Whitney, K. M., E. R. Vivoni, M. C. Duniway, J. B. Bradford, S. C. Reed and J. C. Belnap. 2015. Role of biological soil crusts in hydrologic modeling of western high-desert ecosystems. Presentation at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.