Crystal is a young water professional working to implement Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions in the provision of drainage and irrigation services in Guyana. She holds two Master of Science degrees, one from the University of Leeds in the UK with a focus in GIS and the other from IHE Delft in the Netherlands where she majored in Water Science and Engineering with a focus on Hydroinformatics and also a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Guyana.
The unique cross-section of skills gained from her education and the exposure she has received as a young water professional implementing infrastructure projects in a developing country threatened by climate change have shaped her perspective on water hazards, particularly flooding. It has fueled her passion for research aimed at closing the data gap in developing countries as they attempt to build resilience in the face of climate hazards which naturally leads to work with remote sensing and open source technologies. Crystal is a member of the Water Youth Network an international body of young water professionals committed to bringing the youth perspective to global water decision making forums, and has volunteered time in disaster relief, and as a lecturer at her local university in GIS. An avid advocate for Women in STEM, she plans to pursue her PhD in an area that will blend disaster management and water in the near future.
Crystal is part of the UNU-INWEH Externship programme. She will be under the supervision of Dr Hamid Mehmood assisting with the development of a Flood mapping tool by integrating the Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 data.