About me

My first career was in wildland firefighting, working for the US DOI National Park Service. Later, I worked as a Fire Management Specialist for the USDA Forest Service.

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My graduate education in natural resources management, dendrochronology and dendroecology 1,2, had a strong emphasis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing of large data sets. These broader topics in data science eventually became the dominant foci of my current research.

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Today, I am a Research Assistant Professor of Geoinformatics at the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute. I work on spatial data cyberinfrastructure for CyVerse, collaborating with a diverse group of data science oriented projects in the life and earth sciences.

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My research interests include applied use of cyberinfrastructure for geospatial analysis, data science best practices (for reproducible research), as well as metadata and ontology (information science).