I attended the University of Iowa as an undergrad, working in the Department of Anthropology’s archaeology team in the lab and the field. As part of that experience, I worked with applied GIS and spatial analysis concepts that explored how we can extract meaningful information from in situ arrangements of archaeological objects. Shortly after graduating, I enlisted in the Army and commissioned as an officer through Officer Candidate School. After a few years in the Field Artillery, I was selected to serve as one of the Army’s Space Operations Officers, a specialty field focusing on integrating space-based systems, tools, and assets into defense and civil support efforts. This led to the opportunity I am currently pursuing: a PhD in Geography with an emphasis on Remote Sensing and related concepts.
My main research interests lie in the fields of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, and human/environment interaction, as well as the practical applications of new and emerging developments in those fields. As part of my professional experience, I have worked extensively with space-based remote sensing systems and technologies, national space and defense policy, and decision-making support systems, and I continue to look for opportunities to further my knowledge of those topics. I also enjoy exploring concepts related to archaeology, evolution, game theory, emergence of complexity.