Rhea Thompson is a Marine-Estuarine and Environmental Science Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland College Park (UMD). She is a Maryland Seagrant Coastal Resilience Fellow and former NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow. She is evaluating green infrastructure benefits on WaterShed, the 2011 winning sustainable solar house designed by UMD researchers for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. Her research interests are in understanding the effects of climate, vegetation, building, and design on green infrastructure benefits. Furthermore, in bridging socioeconomic disparities in green infrastructure accessibility. In her spare time,Rhea travels back and forth to the Caribbean where she enjoys celebrating the local carnival, visiting family, the beach and hiking to waterfalls. While in Grenada this summer, she snorkeled the world’s 1st underwater sea sculpture park.