Science Adviser Profile

Paula R. Buchanan


Paula R. Buchanan is a disaster scientist and emergency management researcher. She is also an AGU Voices for Science Advocate in Communications. Her work lies at the intersection of public health, education, risk communication, and outreach messaging. Paula has professional experience in communications, university-level instruction, business continuity, and project management. She has an MBA and MPH with a Health Systems Management and Policy concentration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and graduated from Tulane University with a BS in biology, a BA in history, and a minor in economics. A central question of Paula’s research is the extent to which sociotechnical systems function as a communication channel to provide populations with accurate information to mitigate public health impacts associated with, or exacerbated by, disasters. 0000-0002-4134-9036


  • Smart Water Networks (SWAN) Rising Smart Water Professionals (RiSWP) Program, 2021
  • Fellow, William Anderson Fund for Disaster Mitigation Education and Research, 2019–present
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Scholar, Scholars from Underrepresented Groups in Engineering and Social Sciences (SURGE) Capacity in Disasters program, 2019–2020


Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University


Atlanta, Ga.