Dr. Torres is currently an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University. She earned her doctoral degree in 2017 from the University of South Florida’s School of Geosciences, and she holds a master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke University. Dr. Torres has contributed to multiple NSF research grants including work on a project about climate change adaptation and resilience ( as well as her previous work on a project about restoration and sense of place in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida ( She also created an app to document inland sources of marine litter through a NOAA-funded project to prevent marine debris through outreach and education. Dr. Torres has earned awards for teaching excellence in a STEM field, having taught a variety of undergraduate courses including cultural geography, geography of Latin America, water resources management, and environmental science, which included a field component in the Florida Keys. Dr. Torres’ research is interdisciplinary, and centered around the themes of environmental sustainability, disaster resilience, and human-nature interactions.

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