Hydrologist and environmental engineer turned national security professional. Currently, I am an American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow at the Department of Defense. I work on stabilization, prevention of conflict, environmental security, and protection of cultural heritage. I also am a Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Program in Environmental Sciences and Policy. My research and policy work has been covered in Bloomberg Government, Scientific American, Resources Radio, Climatewire, and Circle of Blue. My peer-reviewed research has been published in Geophysical Research Letters, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Hydrology, Ecosphere, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Water Research, Frontiers in Water, Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis, Water, the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and PLoS ONE.
As a hydrologist, I conduct 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. Previously, 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 was a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences working in Development, Security, and Cooperation within Policy and Global Affairs. I completed my PhD in environmental and water resources engineering at Tufts University in 2017, my MS in environmental science and engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014, and BS in environmental engineering, with a minor in comparative politics, at Stanford University in 2010.
Contact: ablum [at] alumni.stanford.edu
Recent Press Coverage
Defense.gov, August 2020. Scientists, Policy Experts Assess Environment’s Impact on Stability, Defense Strategy.
Scientific American, May 2020. Expanding Paved Areas Has an Outsize Effect on Urban Flooding.
Recent Science Policy Events
Panelist, Sept 2020. [re]GENERATION: Nurturing Climate Resilience Around the World hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Panelist, Sept 2020. Science Policy Career Panel, American Physical Society.
Lunch with a Scientist lecture, August, 2020. Headwaters Science Institute.