Goodbye Simone, Welcome Matthew.

TBRPC says goodbye to Simone Chapman, the Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow who helped with our resiliency efforts for 12 months. Simone served as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow for the TBRPC. Simone supported work on the Resilience and Energy Assessment for Community and Housing (REACH) initiative funded by JPMorgan Chase. She also conducted research on the economic impacts of sustained heat events and aiding in the development of the Tampa Bay Regional Resilience Action Plan.

TBRPC is grateful for Simone’s vast expertise, excellent team work, and always great attitude. Staff wishes her the best in her future endeavors and the best of luck.

TBRPC welcomes Matthew Varkony to our staff as the 2021 Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow. Matt is a doctoral student at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Matt is originally from Denver, CO but has lived in South Florida for the past 8 years. He has a BS degree in Mathematics and Economics and an MPS degree in Natural Disaster Analysis from the University of Miami. He is passionate about understanding and mitigating the unique risks vulnerable communities face as a consequence of climate change. His goal is to build community climate resilience in an equitable and sustainable manner.

Welcome to Tampa Bay, Matt!

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