Resilience means having the capacity to recover from disturbance. For ecosystems in the wildland-rural-urban interfaces of the county, sources of disturbance can include natural events such as fire and flooding, perturbations stemming from our changing climate, such as heat, drought, sea level rise, and storms, and human activities such as habitat fragmentation or the introduction of exotic species. We can increase resilience in human communities by establishing robust, clear, and well resourced programs to prepare for, weather, and recover from perturbations such as climate change, pandemic, and social unrest.
Our Advisor, Sabrina Drill, worked with an international team of 78 researchers from CalTech, Arizona State University, USGS, and many other institutions and practitioners to develop a Research Agenda on Extreme Weather, Geohazards, and COVID-19. Elements of the agenda explore how the impacts of COVID-19 will affect the ability of practitioners and
communities to prepare for, cope with, and respond to extreme weather events and geohazards across the globe. She also represents Los Angeles and Ventura as part of the California delegation to the Extension Disaster Education Network, a national network sharing tools to help communities prepare for an recover from disaster.
Within ANR, Dr. Drill is also a part of the Disaster Happens Team, looking for ways to increase resilience in California's communities.