Mr. Jarrod Loerzel is a Research Social Scientist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Group. Jarrod is supporting NIST's research on community resilience with a focus on modeling the social dimensions of resilience planning, disaster mitigation, and recovery. Jarrod is also supporting a National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) project that examines the recovery of the services provided by schools and hospitals and the role of these social institutions in the recovery of communities following disasters.
Mr. Loerzel's past research includes examining the relationships between place attachment and the natural environment using tools of public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) and public surveying techniques. Jarrod previously worked as a Social Science Researcher for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Center for Coastal Ocean Science laboratory based in Charleston, SC.
Jarrod graduated with his Masters in Environmental Studies and Masters in Public Administration from the College of Charleston; Jarrod also has considerable geographic information systems (GIS) training. While at the College of Charleston, Jarrod received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System to conduct PGIS research within the ACE Basin, South Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.