Emily Powell

Past NE CASC Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Associate


National Wildlife Federation


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


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

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) http://northatlanticlcc.org/teams/coastal-resiliency/topics/atlantic-gulf-coast-resiliency

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 http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/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. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/1520-0493(2003)131%3C3003%3ADOMCCR%3E2.0.CO%3B2