Teaching and Research Interests
- GIScience & Spatial Analytics
- Environmental remote sensing
- Spatio-temporal modeling & simulation
- Human-Environment Interactions
- Biological invasions & disease ecology
- Landscape ecology
- Ph.D. (2000) Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- B.S. (1993) Physical Geography, University of Georgia
I study the spatial and temporal dynamics of environmental change with a focus on how ecological and societal processes shape the diversity and distribution of forest species and provisioning of ecosystem services. In the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science (CAGIS), we are using a mixture of geospatial analysis, computer simulation modeling, and field-based observations to address a variety of pressing natural resource and sustainability concerns across multiple decision-making scales. In my research and in the classroom, I take a holistic approach to understanding complex human-environmental challenges by integrating theory and analytical methods from environmental, social, and spatial sciences. For example, I am working closely with my students and colleagues on interdisciplinary research topics such as predicting the spatial spread and persistence of emerging infectious diseases in forest ecosystems in the western United States. We are also analyzing feedbacks between human decision-making, environmental policy, and the resilience of forest and farmland resources in Charlotte, as well as other rapidly urbanizing regions in the southeastern United States. I love all aspects of my work but doing research with students is the most rewarding part of my job. Students in CAGIS are actively publishing their research in top journals across a range of disciplines, and their involvement is integral to the Center’s numerous federal research grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, RENCI, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, among others.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in joining the CAGIS research community as a research assistant or post doctoral fellow.