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.

My current research focuses on three areas:

  • Armed conflict effects on land cover, land use, and forced displacement

  • Refugee and IDP settlement dynamics as they relate to development, land use, and climate vulnerability

  • Gaps and biases in satellite and geospatial data and their consequences for monitoring conflict and displacement

Through my research, I seek to develop 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, satellite remote sensing methods and applications, critical geospatial science, and a graduate research seminar, The Geography of Survival.

Since 2018, I have been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. I previously was a a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, a Visiting Professor at the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, and an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar in the Graduate School for Architecture, Preservation, and Planning (GSAPP) at Columbia University.

I completed my PhD in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an NSF IGERT Fellow, I studied forest policy implementation effectiveness in northwest Yunnan Province, China, where I lived and researched for two years. My doctoral dissertation, Mosaics of Change: Cross-Scale Forest Cover Dynamics and Drivers in Tibetan Yunnan, China, is complemented by a book of photographs and essays: Shangri-La Allure.