Fall 2022 DEVELOPers of the Term
A recent graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BS in Earth science and a BA in Geography, Will Hadley entered DEVELOP with a strong background built through research on the drivers of drought variability, paleoclimate, and historical climate records. Over the course of the fall term, he applied his background in the climatology of drought to the Gatlinburg and Beatty Wildfires project. He delved into R to construct time series analyses capturing trends in antecedent soil moisture and the behavior of vegetation indices before wildfire events. These analyses were the cornerstones of the Gatlinburg and Beatty Wildfires project, and Will’s research provided invaluable information to guide project partners’ work. Will took the lead on partner meetings, directed conversations with the project’s science advisor, and effectively communicated the project methodology and results through these discussions. Will exemplifies so many qualities fundamental to DEVELOP. His passion for addressing environmental challenges is evident through his dedication to research on wildfire disasters, he has worked tirelessly through technical challenges to discover patterns in environmental variables in the service of supporting partners’ work, and he practiced great capacity for kindness, flexibility, and care through his collaboration with others.
Congratulations to Will and Heidi!