I have a BA degree in Economics with a minor in Applied Computer Science (UCF). While completing my undergraduate work, I served in the military reserves. I went on to graduate school to complete an MS degree in Management - MIS track (UCF) and a Ph.D. in Geography (FSU). I have worked for over fifteen years in professional information technology and geographic information systems (GIS) positions before coming into a fulltime academic role at UWF in 2015. I am also proud to maintain my credentials as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).
My research agenda focuses on developing geospatial tools and carrying out cartographic-based studies of human-environment interaction with the goal of improving the quality-of-life in urban areas. This work involves three interrelated strains of work that focus on (1) developing spatial tools for safer communities, (2) participatory mapping techniques that gauge ecosystem services and local cultural attachment to place, and (3) map design/use considerations as it relates to faciliating spatial planning, risk assessment and decision making.