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 research is 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 and severe hail 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) nocturnal tornado event risk, exposure, and vulnerability; and 5) future changes in severe hail exposure.
When I am not working on research or teaching class, I enjoy spending time with with my wife Shana and cat Stormy.