I'm a visiting scholar at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis and also an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. My theoretical GIScience research focuses on the graphic dimensions of geographic information. I'm particularly interested in the links between geovisual design and the perception of geographic information. This avenue of research is significantly influenced by the principles of cartography, visualization, cognitive psychology, vision science, and human computer interaction.
I also investigate the geography of food. Specifically, I'm interested in accessibilty to nutritious foods such as fresh produce in urban environments. I am currently investigating how contemporary GIScicence technologies can help us better understand the complex interactions between urban environments, access to nutritious foods, and public health.
The tie that binds all of my research together is the unmatched ability of graphics to simplify and summarize complex geographic narratives. My courses aim to enable students to harness the power of graphic communication by understanding fundamental concepts as well as learning contemporary design techniques.
I received a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara in August, 2007. My dissertation investigated real-time traffic maps, it was called "Real-time Traffic Maps." During my time at UCSB I was greatly influenced by my advisors, Dr. Sara Fabrikant and Dr. Keith Clarke - great people. Long before I could surf like a champ, or slam like a drake, I was just a kid circled by hills in centre county. Here's to JoePa, Waldo, Bob, Dave, Hettch, and all the rest.