I grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina before attending the University of North Carolina at Asheville to major in Environmental Studies. After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Student Conservation Association conducting environmental field work, including fish population monitoring. I then attended graduate school at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study Environmental Science and Engineering. I obtained my MS (’10) and PhD (’15) dissertation under Dr. Marc Serre.
My research is fundamentally grounded in spatial and statistical modeling of exposure,
disease, and risk with a focus on investigating the effects of air and water quality on public health. The work involves using spatial statistics techniques like land use regression, Kriging, and Bayesian Maximum Entropy (BME) to determine the sources and extent of contamination in the environment. The end goal is to create maps and risk estimates that aid in decision making related to human and ecological health.
While obtaining my graduate degrees, I also served as a Teaching Assistant for five years for a course titled ‘Temporal GIS’, a course in Environmental Science and Engineering, instructed by Dr. Serre. The course focused on mapping environmental or health related variables across space and time using geostatistical methods such as Kriging and BME.
I am currently the Kravis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund and The University of Texas at Austin. Based in Austin, this research consortium focuses on fine spatial scale modeling of air quality using mobile monitoring data.
I am recently married to my better half, Dr. Julia Rager, who is a rising star in the toxicology and genetics field. In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, basketball, golf and all things outdoors including fly fishing and camping.