Kristen Goodrich a PhD Candidate at the University of California – Irvine in the School of Social Ecology. Her research focuses on the human dimension of environmental decision-making and management that occurs at the urban-nature interface. She studies how nature-based solutions that promote ecosystem services can improve both environmental and human security, particularly in the San Diego-Tijuana binational context. Currently, Kristen is a researcher for the National Science Foundation’s Flood Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments (FloodRISE) project and a research associate for the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs and Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation.
After pursuing her Masters degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, she gained federal experience at U.S. EPA by developing initiatives that include a nutrient management task force to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and a climate change adaptation program for the National Estuary Program. Since 2009, Kristen has provided training and technical assistance to coastal decision-makers in the Southern and Baja California region in policy areas that require collaborative science, including wetland restoration and coastal resilience at NOAA’s Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve in Imperial Beach, CA.