About Me

I am a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Spatial Analysis Lab at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. My advisor is Dr. Daniel Brown. I'm also affiliated with the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) where I used to work full-time as a Research Scientist. Prior to working at MTRI, I studied Applied Geophysics and Remote Sensing at Michigan Technological University.

If I was a contestant on Jeopardy! my six dream categories would be:

  • Shackleton's 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
  • Regular expressions
  • Philip K. Dick's collected works
  • Rocks and minerals you can identify with your tongue
  • Bear encounters
  • SQL

About My Work

I study urban change and neighborhood growth and decline using applied remote sensing and modeling. I am particularly interested in climate change effects on human-impacted landscapes and the provision and assessment of urban ecosystem services. I am an advocate for free and open-source software and am currently investigating the use of high-performance computing for remote sensing and geospatial analysis.

As a Research Scientist at MTRI, I led research into the visualization of carbon flux and other Level III gridded Earth science model outputs. I've also developed software for identifying erosion risk after wildfires, displaying and analyzing Great Lakes water quality data from remote sensing, visualizing earth-observing satellites in real time, and routing traffic to avoid weather-related crashes.