Oronde Drakes

peoples' choice award

Flooding and Suffering in America

Oronde is a PhD student in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the University of Guyana and holds a Master of Science in environmental hazards and geographic information systems from Coventry University (United Kingdom). His previous work focused on the impact of sea level rise and hazard vulnerability assessments in his native Guyana, where the national disaster management agency is utilizing his findings for community based disaster risk management plans. A GEEMaP trainee, Oronde's current research examines the human–environment interactions that produce social vulnerability in multi-hazard settings.