ORISE Postdoctoral Researcher
United States Environmental Protection Agency
My research examines land use from continental to local scales, and aims to use geospatial analytics to develop solutions for today's most pressing environmental challenges. This includes modeling feedbacks between land-use change and the provision of ecosystem services. I obtained my PhD from VU University in Amsterdam, researching the spatial and human dimensions of land change under the direction of Dr. Peter Verburg. This was followed by a postdoc in the Department of Geography at Ohio State University, where I worked with Dr. Darla Munroe on amenity landscapes and land change in forest communities. Following this I took a postdoctoral researcher position at the Center for Geospatial Analytics (CGA), North Carolina State University with Dr. Ross Meentemeyer examining urban areas as complex coupled natural and human systems. I am presently an ORISE Fellow at the EPA contributing sociospatial models and data to the EnriroAtlas Project. This work is exploring how social media can be leveraged to understand cultural ecosystem services.