Megacities and Dense Urban Environments: Obstacle or Opportunity?

By Dawn A. Morrison and Colin D. Wood

About the Authors

Dawn Morrison is a researcher working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) in Champaign, Illinois. Her research focuses on analyzing and modeling how human populations interact with the built environment.  She earned both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in History and Geography from the University of Chicago, The College.

Colin D. Wood has 6 years of military service in the U.S. Army, and served in combat in Iraq. He is currently a Federal Pathways Intern conducting research in international relations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL). Additionally, he is an Atlantic Council Veterans Take Point Initiative Thought Leadership Fellow, and is pursuing his M.A. in International Relations: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security at American University’s School of International Service.  He holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Texas, and is a former National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Fellow, and a Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (DHS, HS-STEM) Intern.