I’m a member of the faculty of the Schoolcropped-MilesIcon.jpg of Oceanography where I serve as the director of the Spatial Analysis Lab, the Ocean Technology Center, and the ERIS observatory. My research and teaching activities are focus on spatial pattern analysis in ecosystem sciences and the applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing in ecosystem models.

I joined the faculty of the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in 1997 after ten years experience in state government and completion of my Ph.D. studies in Environmental Planning. I teach both the undergraduate and graduate level course in the application of Geographic Information System (GIS), remote sensing, and applied geostatistcs in the study of ecosystem dynamics.  Additionally, I teach courses in seafloor surveying and pattern analysis in seafloor data.  My academic background includes degrees in Forest Management, Physical Geography, Landscape Architecture, and Regional Planning and my research interests center on the analysis of the spatial pattern found in natural processes within our coastal environments.