About Me

I am a PhD candidate at the School of Geosciences in the University of South Florida. I am interested in Health and Medical Geography related topics, particularly disease diffusion. My dissertation research lies at the intersection of health, time geography and social media. Prior to pursuing my degree, I worked in the GIS related industry (public and private) for over 20 years. I began working with AutoCAD and then GIS after completing my B.A. in Geography. While working in the private industry I was employed by environmental consulting firms who consulted for mining corporations and water resources. I also worked as a GIS Research Associate at The Northern Institute in Darwin, Australia. There I assisted in research around the geography of gambling. My PhD training has included advanced quantitative training in regression analysis, generalized linear models, and multilevel models. As part of my teaching assistantship, I taught four semesters of Computer Cartography, and served as an assistant for Introduction to GIS and Research Methods (undergraduate).

Education

University of South Florida

PhD Geography Ongoing

Manchester Metropolitan University (UNIGIS)

Graduate Certificate GIS 2007

University of Northern Colorado

B.A. Geography, Emphasis GIS, Minor History 2004

Charles Darwin University

Certificate IV Teaching and Assessment 2009

Work

School of Geosciences, University of South Florida,Tampa, Florida

Teaching Assistant 2012 - Present

Teaching assistant for Computer Cartography, Introduction to GIS, and Research Methods. Instructor for Computer Cartography.

Water Institute, University of South Florida,Tampa, Florida

Research Assistant 2015 - Present

Developing multiple criteria evaluation toolkit in ArcGIS 10.2 for location best management practice sites.

Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Research Assistant 2012 - 2014

Assisted with GIS related tasks, and programming, for Motorscycle accident research in Florida.

Anderson Consulting Engineers, Inc. Fort Collins, Colorado

Senior GIS Analyst 2005-2007 and 2009-2012

Worked on the FEMA map modernization project for various counties in Colorado. Developed the FLO-2D DFIRM Tools in VB.NET. Developed the High Hazard Zone Tool in Adobe AIR.

The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia

Research Associate 2007-2009

Diverse set of research around Camel management in the Northern Territory, geography of gambling in Northern Australia, and a mixed reality (augmented reality) project.

Skills

I have a number of years of experience using various versions of ArcGIS, and the Spatial, 3D, and Network analyst extensions. I have developed software and websites using a variety of languages (VB.NET, C#.NET, Flex, Javascript), but now focus mostly on Python given its power and diversity of libraries. For statistical analysis, most of my training has been on the SAS platform, R and some MPlus. I use SAS and R (ggplot2) for creating charts for publication, and then clean the final product using a graphic design software like Inkscape. R and Python are my base for machine learning / data mining tasks.

  • ESRI ArcGIS v 8.3 - 10.2
  • Python v 2.7
  • SAS 9.4
  • R v 3.x
  • Inkscape, Photoshop