I'm an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University where I lead the Conflict Ecology lab. Since 2018, I have also been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Much of my research is focused on developing new insights on the agency, decision-making processes, and survival of refugees, internally displaced peoples, and others affected by violent state conflict. I use tools of geography and remote sensing—map making, satellite image analysis from local to global scales, and machine learning—to connect patterns of environmental condition, land use, and climate change to processes of conflict, displacement, and resilience.
At Oregon State University, I teach GIScience, remote sensing, mixed methods research, and critical geopolitics.
I previously have been Visiting Professor at the World Food Programme (WFP), Adjunct Associate Research Scholar in the Graduate School for Architecture, Preservation, and Planning (GSAPP) at Columbia University, and a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Earlier, I was an NSF IGERT Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I completed my PhD in Geography and MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering.