Associate Research Professor
University of Maryland
My research focus is on the examination of geospatial data to describe and characterize biophysical phenomena and the interactions with society. One of my topics of study is the examination is biomass burning, including wildland and agricultural fires, in a changing physical and social environment. This research has involved estimating emissions from remotely sensed estimates of fire intensity using a metric referred to as FRP, or Fire Radiative Power. I have traveled to Australia, Africa, and back to the States to examine the validity of using FRP. Thus, another component of my work is validation of the remotely sensed data. In addition, another area of my research is focused on investigating the land-cover and land-use change impact as a result of globalized teleconnections of trade and the phenomenon of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA). I have developed a global, national-scale probabilistic model of LSLAs as well as a spatially-explicit model of site-suitability for rubber plantations in Cambodia.