SPOTLIGHT | Dr. Sebastian named Assistant Professor at UNC at Chapel Hill

Congratulations to SSPEED’s former Postdoctoral Researcher, Antonia Sebastian. Dr. Sebastian recently joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor of Flood Resilience in the Department of Geological Sciences, and is joint appointed within the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program (E3P). Dr. Sebastian received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Rice University in 2016 for her dissertation work on compound flooding. Her current research focuses on the influence of urban development and climate change on the evolution of flood hazard and risk in urban and coastal systems.


Previously, Dr. Sebastian has held positions at the Center for Texas Beaches & Shores at Texas A&M University at Galveston (2018-2019), Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) at Rice University (2017-2018) and within the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Project, BRIGAID, at the Delft University of Technology (2016-2017). She was also awarded a Netherlands-America Foundation (NAF)/Fulbright Fellowship in Flood Management at the Delft University of Technology (2014-2015).


Primary Research Interests:

  • Urban hydrology

  • Compound flooding in estuaries and delta

  • Non-stationary flood hazards

  • Probabilistic flood risk

  • Climate change adaptation

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