2016 Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
2009 B.A. Double Major in Biology and Anthropology with highest honors, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, USA
I am interested in ways of using GIS and remote sensing to learn more about wildland fire. My dissertation research focused on LiDAR applications for measuring forest fuels in California, specifically focusing on ladder fuels that can carry fire from the surface of the ground into the forest canopy. My current research addresses fire risk in the wildland urban interface (WUI) across the conterminous US. I will also be investigating the dynamics of home rebuilding after fire, as well as new development within old fire perimeters to learn more about the dynamics of change in wildland urban interface communities.
I love to be outside and active, be it on a bike, in a kayak, or on a hike. I also love to travel, and took an amazing 5-week road trip from California to Wisconsin via Canada, as many National Parks, and as much backpacking as I could fit in. I also love dancing, including salsa, bachata, and swing. At home, I love to cook and garden when I have the opportunity.