Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geographic Information Science (GISci); Spatiotemporal database; Spatiotemporal analysis; Spatial data mining; Spatial analysis; Dasymetric mapping; Areal interpolation; Neighborhood effects; Social network; Contextua
I am a geographer specializing in Geographic Information Science and Health Geography. I received a B.A. in Environmental Geology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1992, a M.S. in Geography from Portland State University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University in 2001. I am certified as a GIS Professional (GISP) by the GIS Certification Institute
My research has spanned a number of topical areas, including spatiotemporal data modeling and analysis, environmental justice, and dasymetric mapping. More recently, I have become involved in several projects funded by NIH revolving around modeling contextual geographic and social network effects on health behavior, particularly relating to substance use. Of interest are the ways in which social and peer influences on behavior are embedded within place, and how such contextual influences may interact with characteristics of the individual to produce particular behavioral outcomes. Interdisciplinary approaches are a key component of such research, and I have benefited substantially from collaboration with colleagues in psychology, psychiatry, criminal justice, computer science and statistics on these projects.