I am an assistant professor of nature-society interactions in the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences at Kansas State University. I have a background in environmental engineering, management, and policy. My research interests include landscape diversity, agricultural adaptation, strategic retreat, vulnerability assessment, rural sustainability, and scale-based uncertainty. I am the PI of the Sustainability of Communities and Agricultural Landscapes (SCALes) lab, which examines the joint influences of environmental hazards, land use, and socioeconomic conditions in socioenvironmental systems. Our goal is to identify policy and practice solutions that promote social equity and the preservation of natural resources and ecosystems for future generations. SCALes projects use a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches but there is an emphasis on data-driven spatial analysis and programming approaches for large integrated social-environmental datasets.
SCALes – KSU, KSU, Dept of Geography and Geospatial Sciencesu)