Annalise Blum, PhD

Hydrologist and environmental engineer turned security professional. Currently, I am a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Defense. I work on stabilization, prevention of conflict, environmental security, and protection of cultural heritage.

Previously, I conducted multi-disciplinary research on floods, droughts, water availability, access to safe water, and communication of forecasts in the United States, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand, and Ecuador. I was the Glenadore and Howard L. Pim Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Change at Johns Hopkins University and a visiting fellow with the American Meteorological Society’s Policy Program. In 2019, I did the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Academy of Science working in Development, Security, and Cooperation within Policy and Global Affairs. I completed my PhD in environmental and water resources engineering from Tufts University in 2017, MS in environmental science and engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014, and BS in environmental engineering, with a minor in comparative politics, from Stanford University in 2010.

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Recent Press Coverage:

Scientific American, May 15, 2020. Expanding Paved Areas Has an Outsize Effect on Urban Flooding.

Circle of Blue, April 29, 2020. Flood Study, With Fresh Approach, Measures Downside of Pavement.

Recent Publications:

Geophysical Research Letters. 2020. Causal Effect of Impervious Cover on Annual FloodMagnitude for the United States. A full list of peer-reviewed papers is here.

Agrilinks, May 26, 2020. Monitoring the Weather with Satellites to Inform Critical Upper Blue Nile River Transboundary Water Talks: The 2020 Forecast.