Me photographing a sunset outside of DeKalb, IL
I am a hazards geographer, atmospheric scientist, and geographic information systems (GIS) analyst with interests in coupled human-environment interactions, severe and local storms, mesoscale meteorology, natural hazard vulnerability and risk, and GIScience applications. My past research has primarily concentrated on the spatiotemporal changes in meteorological and environmental hazard exposure, future changes in severe weather risk and exposure, and the development of a Monte Carlo tornado model that assess potential damage and losses on the human-built environment. My current research interests are focused on: 1) the quantification of severe weather hazard exposure, risk, and disaster potential; 2) the relationship between land use-land cover and disaster potential; 3) climate change, future disasters, and impacts on society; 4) historical and future changes wildfire risk and exposure; and 5) Southeastern U.S. mobile home resident vulnerability to tornadoes and warning communication.
When I am not working on research or teaching class, I enjoy spending time with with my wife Shana and cat Stormy. I love to pass the time by riding my Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycle, boxing, fishing, and watching my beloved Chicago Cubs and Indiana University Hoosiers men's basketball team. During the springtime, I always try to make my way out to the Central Plains of the U.S. to chase storms and photograph the beauty of mother nature.