PhD Geography, Boston Unversity
MA Geography, University of Maryland
BS Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
I am a broadly-trained environmental geographer with expertise in remote sensing (the use of satellite observations to monitor the Earth's surface).
I study land cover and land use, which are systems for characterizing the Earth's surface. I specialize in using large-scale satellite data sets in combination with other knowledge sources (physical models, census, etc.) to refine understanding of human-environment interactions.
I love Northland's intimate size, and how the school and its customs support students in their growth.
I teach Weather and Climate, Globalization and the Environment, and Policy and Economics of Climate Change. I love that these courses all include science and go a step further to consider how the science applies to each of us.
In all of my courses, I incorporate reflective and action-based exercises to engage student's whole selves in the learning process.
I enjoy physical challenges, including backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and CrossFit. I also love to experiment in the kitchen, so eating at my house is usually an adventure. On the weekends, I teach prenatal and mom-and-baby yoga classes, to support women through the tender transitions of childbearing and child rearing.