Digital Geography

Teaching and Research

Professional Aim

Through my research, I aim to illuminate techniques to make tools associated with Geographic Information Science (GIScience) more accessible to diverse audiences. With the proliferation and increased accessibility of spatial technologies comes seemingly endless opportunities to collect and share spatial data contributing to big data. As a GIScience researcher, I seek to identify new ways in which to visualize and understand these big data in an interactive fashion. I strive to investigate and test accessible methods of capturing and visualizing spatial data interactively. I view teaching as an opportunity to invite more and diverse perspectives to address these challenges and assist in the process of revealing patterns in spatial data. The ultimate aim is to use this analysis to inform decision making regarding environmental resources and social services.

Research

Different types of land use changes lead to a range of consequences that are not always well connected or well understood. In an effort to illuminate and communicate these connections, through my research and teaching, I aim to utilize, and test techniques associated with Geographic Information Science (GIScience) to identify and measure environmental and/or social consequences of land use change.

With the proliferation and increased accessibility of spatial technologies come seemingly endless opportunities to collect and share spatial data it relates to land use change, bringing more opportunities to understand the consequences of land use change in different locations across various scales. The ultimate aim of my research is to identify effective means of measuring and communicating land use change scenarios to inform decision making.

My research places special emphasis on the use of open data for environmental change communication. I strive to investigate and test accessible methods of capturing and visualizing spatial data interactively, in an effort to better understand and communicate the relationship between land use change particularly as they relate to disasters. I am to use interactive web-based tools in an effort to make this information more accessible to diverse audiences and evaluate their effectiveness based on learning outcomes. Therefore, the overarching themes of my research include: 1) land use change analysis, 2) land use change visualization, and 3) usability and learning outcomes related to land use change analysis and visualization.

Here is a bit about my PhD work ... 3 minute video about Volunteered Geographic Information and Injury Surveillance.

Finally, I am exploring new data collection methods through the use of drones. See some of my first attempts of imagery capture here and here Below is a presentation from State of the Map 2016 in which I describe OpenAerialMap and describe why sharing UAV imagery could be extremely helpful for disaster preparedness and response.

Teaching

I will start teaching at Utrecht University May 1, 2019.

At the University of Twente, ITC Enschede, the Netherlands from 2018-2019 I contributed teaching in the following courses:

  • Coordinator High Tech Human Touch (HTHT) GIS Minor Fall 2018
  • Taught Intro to GIS in HTHT GIS Minor and administered exam.

    Contributed to course material, planning and instruction for the following courses in the Masters of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation:
  • Acquisition and Exploration of geospatial data for Second quartile 2018-2019
  • Extract/Analysis & Dissemination GeoData (2018-2A)

    Masters of Spatial Engineering:
  • Human-induced Earth Movement (2018-2A)

    In the Masters of Geospatial Technology in the Urban Studies program at the University of Washington Tacoma, from 2014-2018 I developed and taught the courses Web GIS, Mobile GIS and Environmental Planning Applications. I have also taught Introduction to Geospatial Technologies. At the undergraduate level, I taught Introduction to Urban Research Methods, and Urban Remote Sensing.

    In the past, I have also taught Web Cartography and Remote Sensing at Simon Fraser University. I have also taught Cartography as an online course at South Dakota State University.