Instructional Faculty


Associate Professor & Director, Songs of Adaptation Project


  • Ph.D. Princeton University
  • M.A. Princeton University
  • B.S.E Princeton University
Naomi Bates grew up in rural West Virginia and has a deep interest in Appalachia and other mountain communities around the world. Naomi’s graduate work focused on Appalachian Flood Hydrology and included extensive field work at the Fernow Experimental Forest near Parsons, WV. Naomi has worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, private environmental engineering consulting firms, the Delaware Geological Survey/University of Delaware, and the Stroud Water Research Center. Her background includes watershed hydrology, Geographic Information System (GIS), and extensive work with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) elevation data.
Naomi’s research interest include using science to empower communities, environmental monitoring and instrumentation, climate change, water and food security, LiDAR and GIS, watershed studies, anthropogenic and land-use effects on streamflow and flooding, hydrometeorology, geomorphology. From her background in environmental science and engineering, Naomi brings a strong desire to help bridge the gap between engineers and scientists and the communities they work with.
Currently, Naomi is leading our research project, Songs of Adaptation. As the Project Director, she is managing a team all over the world that observes and documents climate change while engaging local communities in the process.
Read more about Naomi and her work in our blog here.
  • PSK 602 – Strategic Resource Mapping
  • PRC 604 – Synthesis and Integration
  • Bates, N. S., J. A. Smith, and G. Villarini. 2015. Flood response for the watersheds of the Fernow Experimental Forest in the central Appalachians, Water Resources Research, 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR015871
  • Hicks, N.S., J.A. Smith, A.J. Miller, and P.A. Nelson. 2005. Catastrophic Flooding from an Orographic Thunderstorm in the Central Appalachians, Water Resources Research, 41, W12428, doi:10.1029/2005WR004129