Carolyn Anne Plank, Adjunct Faculty
Carolyn Plank is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland College Park in the Geology Department. Her research interests are on the fluvial geomorphology and hydrology of major floods, with a focus on U.S. Atlantic Slope rivers. By developing a data-intensive top-down regional model to compare large floods both within and among the major river basins in the region, her results link differences in flood magnitude and flood peak attenuation to regional variations in hydro-climatology and channel-floodplain morphology. Her research also includes field investigations of flood peak attenuation properties of distributary channels in coastal plain streams. Results suggest that rivers that can effectively attenuate flood peaks will be more resilient to increasing frequency of large magnitude floods under a changing climate. Carolyn has a master’s in engineering and public policy from
Carolyn has a master’s in engineering and public policy from University of Maryland, and bachelor’s of science in hydrology from University of California, Davis.