My research and teaching are anchored in the discipline of Geographic Information Science, where the crossroads between spatial analysis, complex systems modeling and artificial intelligence provide innovative and exciting modes of inquiry and discovery. The majority of my work is focused on modeling coupled human-natural systems, with specific attention paid to large-scale forest disturbances. I am currently involved in projects that investigate the anthropogenic and biological drivers behind native insect outbreaks. I utilize a variety of modeling and analysis techniques, including agent-based modeling, cellular automata, machine learning and various spatial statistics and GIS-related methods. I am interested in working with students who are curious about how human decision-making interacts with natural processes to shape landscapes over time.
- GEOG 181: Our Digital Earth
- GEOG 410/510: Spatial Analysis and Modeling
- GEOG 482/582: GIScience II
- GEOG 491/591: Advanced GIS
B.A., 2003, Toronto; M.S., 2005, Ph.D., 2009, Simon Fraser. (2011)