Bristol Powell

Senior Research Staff Assistant
Financial Instruments Sector Team

  • Phone: +1 (812) 736-6695
  • Email: ude.aibmuloc.irinull@llewopfb
  • Address:Monell 105
    61 Route 9W
    Palisades, NY 10964


Bristol Powell graduated from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment in 2014, where she received an MS in environmental informatics and a certificate in African Studies. Her research focuses on remote sensing of the drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa and the application of these datasets to improve the livelihood of populations affected by climate change. Through her extensive research in northern Ethiopia, she has been able to emphasize these concerns, as well as interests in agriculture and food security more generally. These interests were developed during her undergraduate career at the University of Louisville, where she earned a B.S. in geography. Here her studies in geography and environmental sciences were coupled with a scholarship with the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. Bristol is particularly invested in interdisciplinary research environments that link robust, collaborative scientific work with practical implications for the developing world.

Role at the IRI

At the IRI, Bristol works on the Financial Instruments Sector Team as a senior research staff assistant, where she applies her expertise in multiscale remote sensing datasets for improved use in index insurance projects, mostly in Africa. She supports both practical and research-oriented tasks for index insurance projects in East Africa and is associated with the FIS team’s new collaboration with NASA.