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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emily Powell

Past Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Interests

My research has focused on changes in observed temperature and precipitation extremes across the Southeast U.S. and how weather and climate extremes impact natural and human systems, specifically impacts of changing flood risks. I am also interested in community planning and management approaches to build resilience to natural disasters and climate change. My current research is compiling, synthesizing, and delivering coastal resilience efforts across the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and Caribbean. This includes synthesizing critical tolerance thresholds related to projections of sea level rise and storms for fish, wildlife, and plant species of conservation concern, as well as compiling existing alternative management and restoration approaches related to the use of natural and nature-based features and how these alternatives are used to increase the resilience of human coastal communities and increase the persistence and resilience of species and habitats.

Emily now serves as Coastal Resilience Specialist with the National Wildlife Federation.

Associated Projects:

Delivering information and tools for increasing resilience and adaptation of communities and priority coastal resources across the network of coastal LCCs (Atlantic, Gulf Coast and Caribbean Regions)

Recent Publications:

Powell, E.J. and B.D. Keim, 2015: Trends in Daily Temperature and Precipitation Extremes for the Southeastern United States: 1948–2012. Journal of Climate, 28, 1592-1612. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00410.1 

Ashley, W.S., T.L. Mote, P.G. Dixon, S.L. Trotter, E.J. Powell, J.D. Durkee, and A.J. Grundstein, 2003: Distribution of mesoscale convective complex rainfall in the United States, Mon. Wea. Rev., 131, 12, 3003-3017.


Ph.D.: Geography, Disaster Science & Management, Louisiana State University, 2014
M.S.: Geography, University of Georgia, 2003
B.S.: Geography, University of Georgia, 2001


National Wildlife Federation


Coastal Resilience Research Associate, North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, 2015-present
Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Texas Tech University Climate Science Center, 2015
Research Associate, Louisiana State University’s Coastal Sustainability Studio, 2012-2015
Policy Intern, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 2012
Research Assistant, Louisiana State University, 2010-2012
Contractor for meteorology services, The Weather Channel Interactive, Inc., 2008-2009
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