Sequoia Riley, PhD

Research Associate
Water, Climate, and Energy Nexus

Dr. Sequoia Riley is a Research Associate focused on the Water, Climate, and Energy nexus. Her research interests include environmental planning and management, green infrastructure, flood disaster risk management, and adaptive governance in the context of urban and rural planning, focusing on flood sustainability, resilience, and climate equity. She also works with the DOE’s Southcentral Onsite Energy Generation Technical Assistance Partnership, conducting outreach and engaging with policymakers, utilities, and other key stakeholders to accelerate pathways for integration of clean onsite energy technologies. 

Dr. Riley completed her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. She served as a graduate research assistant at the National Preparedness Disaster Training Center (NPDTC) from fall 2018 to spring 2022, and as a post-doctorate fellow in summer 2022.  

Dr. Riley received an M.Sc. in Marine Resource Management from Texas A&M University-Galveston, and a B.Sc. in Marine Science (with a minor in Applied Mathematics) from Coastal Carolina University.  

Authored Publications and Related Projects 

Bare, R., Vernin, K., Riley, S., Smith, M., Patin, J. (2023). Comprehensive Collaborative Coastal Resilience Plan. Retrieved from Community In- Power and Development Association website.

Riley, S. (2022). Assessing Barriers to Green Infrastructure for Flood Mitigation (Doctoral dissertation). University of Hawai’i at Manoa. 

Kim, K., Riley, S., Fischer, E., & Khan, S. (2022). Greening Roadway Infrastructure with Vetiver Grass to Support Transportation ResilienceCivilEng, 3(1), 147-164.

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