Corina has 15+ years of experience in Geographic Information Systems. She has expertise in a wide range of GIS applications with emphasis in water resources modeling and conservation planning. Her previous work focused on erosion and sediment transport, river sediment dynamics, land-use and habitat suitability, landscape assessment, and watershed management. She has also instructed undergraduate and graduate GIS/GPS courses in water resources science and engineering and assisted several graduate students for their project studies.
Recent Research (years 2017-2020) include:
- Watershed legacy alteration. Identification and evaluation of best restoration practices to address persistent geomorphic legacy boundary conditions in Pennsylvania (PA DEP).
- Climate Change Impacts on Pennsylvania’s Water Management Strategies and Water Quality Goals. DEP Pennsylvania Climate Change Impacts Assessment Update.
- Effectiveness of Conservation Reserve Program Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Riparian Forest Buffers of the Susquehanna-Chesapeake Watershed: Observations, Assessments, and Recommendations – Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) (ARS-USDA).
- Level 1 Landscape Assessment to characterize all mapped wetlands from the National Wetland Inventory of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (USEPA).
Other previous projects include:
- Erosion modeling at watershed scale. Estimation of spatially distributed soil erosion and sediment delivery at Lawyers Creek Watershed, Idaho.
- Wildlife habitat suitability analysis. Modeling habitat suitability for Timber Rattlesnakes in Central Pennsylvania Forests.
- GIS field surveys on water resources and data inventory. Development of a protocol to document occurrence, location, and condition of water resources. Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Assessment of river dynamics. Estimation of erosion/deposition of sediments in channel beds through interpolation of bathymetry and study of changes in channel boundary positions using photographic sources at the San Salvador River, Uruguay.
- Land suitability analysis. Determine site location and urban land use planning, City of Pullman, Washington.
Recent Teaching Responsibilities at Penn State
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Geog 363)
- GIS Application in Water Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems (Geog 453, World Campus)
Throughout her professional career, Corina has been involved in projects for surveying, mapping, characterizing, analyzing, and modelling a variety of environmental systems. She is interested in continuing applying GIS technology related to hydrological modelling applications, landscape assessment, and watershed alteration.
Corina earned a Master’s in in Environmental Science and Regional Planning from Washington State University, WA and a BS in Agricultural Engineering, University of Uruguay.