Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering San Diego State University
Alicia Kinoshita is a longtime outdoor enthusiast who finds satisfaction in investigating the landscape after it has been disturbed and observing the changes over time. She studies the impacts of wildfires in urban environments, and how fire alters the landscape, contributes to erosion and flooding and affects water quality. Wildfires in the western United States are becoming larger and more severe, and as cities and populations grow in fire-prone areas and introduce new fire management challenges, the need to develop a deeper understanding of wildfires and their impact is critical. Her research on “coupling post-fire vegetation and volumetric sediment regimes in urban Mediterranean systems” is funded by a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the San Diego River Conservancy and the California State University’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST).