Diana Gergel is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a member of the Computational Hydrology group, where her current research focuses on modeling the impact of climate change on snowpack and fire risk in the Western United States. Prior to coming to UW, Diana spent two years at Boston University doing a post-baccalaureate program in engineering. During this time, she worked closely with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, first as a Graduate Fellow working on the public health implications of hydropower development, and later as a Research Assistant on a coupled human and natural systems project focusing on the Tonle Sap Lake area of Cambodia. Diana earned a B.A in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Environmental History from the University of California at Berkeley.