Program: Instructor, Interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Design and Planning
Mary Roderick is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, after completing a Master’s degree in urban planning with a specialization in environmental planning at the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, she contributed to the City of Cincinnati’s Climate Action Plan and helped develop a watershed-based, stormwater management approach for Anderson Township. Since at UW, she has engaged in planning and design for the Duwamish River Superfund cleanup and the Seattle waterfront and seawall redesign, again with a focus on stormwater and aquatic system dynamics. She is currently developing the Water Systems course for the Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management, and been involved in the overall program development and launch. Leveraging her professional IT experience, she is also a research assistant for the NSF-funded CyberGIS project and is currently working on the integration of participatory GIS technologies as well as helping develop domain-science use cases for flooding vulnerability and watershed resilience.
While broadly interested in the synthetic nature of social and ecological systems, she is specifically focused on water management issues. Water is the perfect litmus to measure the cumulative impacts of development, consumption/production, cultural values, engineering practices and policy decisions on ecosystem health at local and regional scales, as well as to assess our responses to these impacts.