Project Details


In support of ASUs, UREx SRN, Caitlin Eger will work with scientists at the NSF funded, 501(c)3 - Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI). Caitlin will develop a pilot web application that allows users to study watershed-scale water and nutrient balances by mobilizing relevant data through CUAHSIs new application programming interface (API). At this internship experience, Caitlin will become fluent in Python, thus adding to her skill set in big data analytics and allowing the outcome of the app.

This internship will occur between March 2019 and August 2019. Caitlin will travel from Syracuse University to Cambridge, MA every six weeks to bridge academic and non-academic hydrologic research. Video communications will occur during the weeks in between. The proposed budget is in support of this internship experience.


The primary rationale for this internship is to further establish myself as a well-recognized resilience scholar with significant experience - both academic and professional - in Caribbean and Latin American cities. Each of the core internship tasks outlined above help me to achieve this goal. The second rationale for this internship is to translate the knowledge that we have gained - through the UREx SRN and San Juan ULTRA - into action to create a brighter and more resilient future for LAC cities. We have a wealth of knowledge after 5-years of the UREx SRN and 10 years of the San Juan ULTRA that needs to be synthesized and translated into actionable knowledge for resilience. For instance, we have several community-generated visions for the future of San Juan in 2080 that have not been made publicly available for use yet. I am eager to apply my new data analysis and visualization skills to make all of this data accessible and useful to San Juan practitioners and stakeholders.
In regards to my readiness, I have had the distinct pleasure to have served as a graduate fellow for the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network between 2016 - 2018 where I have supported significant research activities in San Juan, Hermosillo, and Valdivia - the three cities I will be focusing my efforts on at the IITF. I am also currently serving a 6-month NSF-funded and IITF-hosted internship designed to build the critical job skills frequently used by federal government researchers and staff including ArcGIS, R programming and data analysis, Spanish language, and proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud applications (e.g. Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) for visualizing data in unique ways. This internship will afford me additional opportunities to refine these skills and apply them to more projects. In addition, this internship allowed me to become more integrated into the community of resilience scholars and practitioners in Puerto Rico who are working on infrastructure, ecological, and community resilience projects. These community connections will be critical to translate our technical scientific knowledge into real actionable projects in San Juan. For instance, I will have the ability to meet and get valuable feedback from my local contacts to improve the Transitions Toolkit and better meet their needs. These connections will also be valuable in organizing the upcoming 10th Anniversary Meeting of the San Juan ULTRA project. I plan to invite them to participate in, or present at the event hosted by the IITF.
Effective start/end date7/1/156/30/21


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $12,151,906.00


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