Me photographing a sunset outside of DeKalb, IL
I am a physical 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 in the geophysical, atmospheric, and hazard sciences. 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) the employment of remote sensing (photographic and LIDAR) techniques to assess hazard severity; 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, hitting the golf links, boxing, hiking, 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.