I'm interested in better understanding how environmental and climatic patterns result from processes of violent conflict or influence vulnerability of human communities. As a geographer and remote sensing scientist, I work with satellite imagery, spatial statistics, and machine learning to document social-environmental consequences of conflict from local to global scales, and develop grounded insights in support of affected communities and the humanitarian, policy, and scientific groups working on their behalf.
Current research includes improving our spatial awareness of global informal settlements, measuring climate vulnerability of refugee camps, assessing landscape effects of violent conflict in Palestine, documenting infrastructural damage in global cities, and gauging spatially explicit linkages between conflict and food security Syria and Nigeria.
I'm an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University. I'm also the Geospatial Intelligence & Planning Leader on campus, and in charge of the Geospatial Analysis and visualiZation for Education (GAZE) Facility. I’m also a Reseach Fellow in the Department of Visual Cultures of Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Before joining OSU, I was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before that, I was an NSF IGERT Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I completed my PhD in Geography and MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering.