Christiane Runyan graduated with a PhD in Environmental Science with a concentration in Hydrology from the University of Virginia in 2013 where she was awarded the Edgar F. Shannon Award for ‘Best Graduating Student’ in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Currently, she teaches Hydrology and Water Resources as well as Global Land Use Change at Johns Hopkins. Her research focuses on how deforestation affects hydrological and biogeochemical processes. She recently published a book that she co-edited entitled ‘Dryland Ecohydrology’. In 2016, she published a comprehensive book on the issues surrounding deforestation entitled ‘Global Deforestation’. Originally, she attended the University of Wyoming for her undergraduate degree where she also competed on their college rodeo team. Before attending UVA, she worked on urban hydrology issues at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.