I obtained my Ph.D. in geography from Penn State in 2013 under the advisorship of then-Dean William Easterling, researching the economic impacts of climate change and developing novel spatial modelling approaches to integrating climate model projections with other data sources such as infrastructure and demographics. My dissertation investigated the opening of the Arctic, exploring when and where reliable shipping access would emerge and optimal locations for port development required to facilitate safe and efficient operations.
Following my Ph.D., I founded EnDev Geographic, using spatial science to advance climate change understanding and urban sustainability. Over the last 10 years, I have worked with NGOs and governments around the world (Mongolia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Australia, among others) to engage spatial data to inform the decision-making process. These efforts focus on integrating climate model projections with demographic, social vulnerability, physical, and political data, as well as remotely sensed data (from UAVs, airborne, and satellite platforms). My work aims to help identify priority areas that are 1) experiencing the most severe impacts from climate change, 2) house people most vulnerable to climate change,and 3) evaluate the effectiveness of projects designed to mitigate the drivers and alleviate the burden of climate change. Recent major projects include the Urban Heat Island Map for Adelaide Australia; Child Centred Risk Assessment for UNICEF in Myanmar; and the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) Global Strategy for Rare Conservation. More information available at www.EnDevGeographic.com.
In addition to consulting, I have now re-joined Penn State Geography as an adjunct lecturer with a focus on Economic Geography, Physical and Climate Change Geography, and GIS.