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 Ph.D. (’15) dissertation under Dr. Marc Serre.
My research is fundamentally grounded in the spatial and statistical modeling of exposure, disease, and risk with a focus on investigating the effects of environmental exposures on public health and environmental resources. 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 health, ecological health, and environmental financial systems.
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 an Assistant Professor Sr. Research at Oregon State University in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. I am working with Dr. Kim Anderson as part of my recently funded NIEHS K99/R00 Pathway to Independence grant, in which we are developing space/time models of chemical mixtures in air and comparing to personal exposure monitors.
I am 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.