I grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina before going to the University of North Carolina at Asheville to major in Environmental Studies. After undergrad, I worked in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park doing fish population monitoring. Then after a brief stint at the City of Durham Stormwater Services, I left to go to graduate school at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study Environmental Science and Engineering. I’ve 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 help determine the sources and extent of contamination in the environment. The end goal is to create maps that aid in decision making related to human and ecological health.
I was also the Teaching Assistant for 5 years running for Temporal GIS, a course in Environmental Science and Engineering, taught by Dr. Serre. The course focuses on mapping environmental or health related variables across space and time using geostatistical methods such as Kriging and BME.
I am now the Kravis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund and The University of Texas at Austin. Based in Austin, this work now involves fine spatial scale modeling of air quality using mobile monitoring.
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 deer hunting.