Frances Davenport


I am a PhD student studying climate change in the Climate and Earth System Dynamics group at Stanford. Prior to graduate school, I spent three years working as a water resources engineer in Denver, CO. You can view my current CV here.

Outside of work, some of my favorite hobbies include commuting/traveling by bike, floating down a river in my kayak or raft, gardening and generally being outside.

You can email me at fvdav (at)


My research interests span multiple aspects of climate change and natural extremes such as:

  • physical changes in the climate system and hydrologic cycle in response to global warming
  • quantifying the impacts of extreme weather events on society
  • evaluating adaptation strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change and natural extremes

My current projects are:
  • Understanding changes in flood risk for snow-dominated watersheds that experience a warmer climate in the future
  • Quantifying the relationship between flood damages and precipitation within the United States over the past 50 years

<-- unfortunately I don't kayak around Yosemite for my research, but I do study watersheds like this one using data from the USGS stream gage network


  1. Davenport, F. V., J. E. Herrera-Estrada, M. Burke, and N. S. Diffenbaugh (2020). Flood size increases nonlinearly across the western United States in response to lower snow‚Äźprecipitation ratios, Water Resources Research, 10.1029/2019WR025571 | PDF
    See media coverage in: Stanford News

Other things

Streamflow Visualizer

This is a tool I wrote using the RShiny package to make it easier to look at multiple years of daily streamflow data from USGS stream gages.