Environmental Studies Coordinator
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2009
I frequently teach the following courses (for class information, please see Blackboard): GEOG 103 Physical Geography, GEOG 304 Field Methods, GEOG 306 Remote Sensing, GEOG 350 Conservation & Natural Resources, GEOG 360 Weather & Climate, and GEOG 370 Landscape Analysis.
Research and Teaching Interests
As an Environmental Geographer, I have interdisciplinary background in the Earth Sciences, with emphasis on biogeography, landscape ecology, and conservation/natural resource issues. My research specializes in the vegetation of southern California and northern Baja California, a biologically diverse Mediterranean-type climate region, with study of shrub and tree species geographic distributions, ecological relationships, patterns of wildfire, and impacts by human land-uses. I use a variety of research methods including field sampling of vegetation, dendrochronology, soil description, weather observation, aerial photographic survey, vegetation mapping with geographical information systems (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS), as well as environmental applications of historical inquiry.