Melissa joins the Human and Environment Interactions specialization in GDPE. Her interests are in combining the social and natural sciences and her current research is in looking for patterns of human migration as a response to drought using remote sensing vegetation data and socioeconomic household data. Melissa holds advanced degrees from DePaul University (M.A. in Sociology) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (M.S. in Urban Studies and Planning). She has been an adjunct faculty member of the DePaul University Dept. of Sociology, and has traveled extensively as a member of educational and humanitarian projects in Ghana, Panama and Siberia. In the United States, Melissa has designed applied quantitative research projects to better understand business, transportation and environmental issues for a variety of agencies and organizations. She currently works at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the Research Applications Lab in Boulder.