Cyndi Castro, PE

Hello! I am a PhD Candidate studying the integration of hydrological, societal, and environmental processes through trans-disciplinary research approaches at the University of Houston. I will start a postdoctoral position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with mentoring from Prof. Murugesu Sivapalan, in January 2022.

My research examines the role of water in coupled natural and human-influenced systems. I study the consequences of environmental and societal stressors through a mixed-methods approach, including geomatics, social sciences, remote sensing, systems-thinking, hydrological modeling, and stakeholder-driven mental mapping. By approaching human-influenced watersheds as a complex system, I investigate emergent phenomena that exist at the convergence between social equity, environmental justice, climate resiliency, and natural disaster mitigation.