Cynthia is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Ecosystem Processes Group at ORNL. As part of the NGEE-Tropics project, her focus is on understanding tree water use strategies and responses to environmental change. She employs a suite of field- and lab-based techniques across key forest sites in the neotropics. Her broad interests lie at the interface of functional ecology and watershed hydrology, particularly of tropical and arid/semi-arid systems.
Cynthia earned her Ph.D. in Ecosystem Science and Management from Texas A&M University, during which she spent over a year in the dry forests of Brazil. Cynthia holds a M.S. in Ecohydrology from the University of the Algarve, Portugal and the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands, and a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience from Texas A&M University.