Kristen Cumming

Biography

Professional Experience

2018-present: Physical Scientist/Geographer, USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, Coral Reef Project, Santa Cruz, CA 

2016-2017: Spatial Ecology Coordinator, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Miami, FL 

2014-2016: Graduate Research Assistant, Nova Southeastern University, GIS and Spatial Ecology Laboratory, Dania Beach, FL 

2011-2014: GIS Technician, Dominion Energy, Richmond, VA 

 

Research Interests

  • Evaluating natural and anthropogenic disturbance impacts on coral reef communities, coastal protection, and resilience 
  • The role of coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction 
  • Benthic Habitat Mapping 
  • Spatial Ecology and spatial dynamics of coral reef communities 
  • Optimizing research study design utilizing GIS 

 

Relevant Current Efforts

  • 2021-2025: US Geological Survey, Coastal & Marine Hazards & Resources Program. “Coral Reef Project” 
  • 2021-2023: National Park Service. “Updating Benthic Habitat Maps for Kaloko-Honokohau NHP, Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau NHP, and Puʻukohola Heiau NHS, Hawaiʻi”