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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

MY GEO JOURNEY

I fell in love with maps as a kid. The rest is history.

OWNER
2014 - NOW
BRANDING + UI/UX + WEB DESIGN
OWNER
2013 - NOW
ONLINE SCHOOL & CAREER COACHING FOR GIS
GIS INSTRUCTOR
2006 - 2017
ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS OF GIS
GIS EDUCATION AMBASSADOR
FEB 2016
JAVA, INDONESIA
STORYTELLING CONSULTANT
FALL 2013
GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK
GIS INNOVATION MANAGER
2013 - 2014
SPATIAL SCIENCES INSTITUTE
GIS OUTREACH MANAGER
2011 - 2012
THE REDLANDS INSTITUTE
GIS RESEARCH MANAGER
2007 - 2011
SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES + ENVIRONMENT

CLIENTS + PARTNERS

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NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

GOVERNMENT

NON PROFITS

COMPANIES

IT'S A SMALL WORLD

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LANGUAGE SKILLS

Collaboration is easier when you can communicate

  • 5 – Native speaker.
  • 4 – Can have complex conversations on a broad range of topics.  Understand nuance and humor.  Able to read, write, speak and think in the language.
  • 3 – Can have intermediate conversations on a broad range of topics.
  • 2 – Can have simple conversations on a limited number of topics.
  • 1 – Know simple words and phrases.  
  • U.K. + Australian English – I completed several copywriting projects for clients from the U.K. and Australia.  Many of my expat friends are from these areas, so I’m familiar with colloquialisms.
  • Spanish – I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish (1999-2003).  I completed immersive volunteer projects for 3 months in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica + Belize (1995-1999).  I did a study abroad program in Panama in 2002.  I lived in Spain for several months in 2018.  I’m close to fluent, but lack vocabulary for some topics.
  • Bahasa – I lived in Indonesia for 3 years and was immersed in my community.  Most of my friends speak Bahasa with each other, so I’m always around it.  I haven’t taken formal classes yet.
  • German – I completed four conversational German classes at a community college.  I also visited Germany many times and got married there. I can get around town without a problem.  Complex conversations are difficult without reviewing vocabulary.

ENGLISH - U.S.

ENGLISH - U.K.

ENGLISH - AUSTRALIA

SPANISH

BAHASA INDONESIA

GERMAN

RESEARCH

Explore a selection of my professional projects

RESULTS

WWF
Solving the Mystery of Marine Protected Area Performance: Monitoring Social Impacts
Science
Social and Ecological Synergy: Local Rulemaking, Forest Livelihoods, and Biodiversity Conservation
PNAS 1
Forest commons and local enforcement
PNAS 2
Trade-offs and synergies between carbon storage and livelihood benefits from forest commons
PNAS 3
Sustainability, autonomy, and benefits from forest commons
World Bank
Social Dimensions of Climate Change : Equity and Vulnerability in a Warming World
Science 2
Changing Governance of the World's Forests
Biological Conservation
Biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in human-dominated landscapes: Forest commons in South Asia
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Land Transitions in the American Plains: Multilevel Modeling of Drivers of Grassland Conversion (1950 to 2000)
Society & Natural Resources
Ecosystem Services in a Transitional Forest Landscape: Shifting Trajectories in Southeast Michigan, USA
World Bank 2
The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptation to Climate Change
Professional Geographer
Relationships of Agricultural Land Use to an Expanded Road Network within Tropical Forest Landscapes of Cameroon and Republic of the Congo

GIS INSTRUCTION

JAVATEACH2
JAVA1 (1)
INDIA3
ESRI-COLOR2

INTERNATIONAL

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Universitat Jaume I
  • How to Get a Job in GIS: Tips for Students
  • Castellón de la Plana, Spain
  • Feb. 19, 2018. 
  • SEE PRESS RELEASE
  • Featured Speaker
  • Restation Coworking Space
  • How to Build Your Dream Business
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • December 15, 2017
  • Workshop Instructor
  • The Hub in Ubud Coworking Space
  • Mapping Technologies for Small Businesses & Startups
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Mar. 18, 2015
  • Visiting Lecturer + Education Ambassador
  • Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, Geomatics Department
  • Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
  • Feb. 23 – March 7, 2015
  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Master’s Level Database Class
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Session 2 – August 1-25, 2011
  • Session 1 – July 20-28, 2009
  • GIS Workshop Author & Instructor
  • International Forestry Resources and Institutions Global Summit
  • Students from Germany, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania
  • Hyderabad, India
  • Jan. 9 & 16, 2011
  • GIS Workshop Author & Instructor
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • International Forestry Resources and Institutions Global Summit
  • Cheltenham, England
  • Jul. 11-13, 2008

ONLINE

  • Author and Lead Instructor
  • Penn State University, Dutton e-Education Institute
  • GEOG 487 – Environmental Applications of GIS
  • 2008 – 2017

 

  • Teacing Assistant
  • Penn State University, Dutton e-Education Institute
  • GEOG 482 – Nature of Geographic Information
  • 2006 – 2008
  • Author + Instructor
  • GeoInnovation –
    Apply Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Techniques to Solve Spatial Challenges
  • Class Link

UNITED STATES

  • Full Day Workshop Instructor
  • Alaska Survey & Mapping Conference
  • Speak Spatially – Strategies for Effective GIS Communication
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Feb 2013
  • Lecturer, NRE 501: Institutions and Resources: Theory and Methods Research Seminar
  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Fall 2008 + 2010

 

  • Workshop Author & Instructor
  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • GIS Skills Module: Forests, Carbon, and Climate Change
  • Ann Arbor, September 21, 2010

 

  • Instructor, Climate Change and Adaptation Training Webinar
  • University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Feb. 16, 2009
  • Instructor
  • University of Southern California, Spatial Sciences Institute
  • Spatial Analysis: Application and Use of Community Asset Mapping to Enhance Social Work Practice
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • May 5, 2014

 

  • Guest Lecturer
  • University of Southern California, School of Social Work
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct 29th, 2013
  • Workshop Instructor
  • GIS Interactive Mapping
  • City of River Rouge, MI
  • Jan. 10, 2007
  • Workshop Instructor
  • Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
  • Becoming a Certified GISP and Why It Matters for Your Geospatial Career
  • You’re Hired – Tips & Tricks for Impressive Resumes & Portfolios
  • Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count
  • Tampa, FL
  • April 2014

TOPICS I TEACH

LESSONS

Environmental Applications of GIS

EXCERPTS FROM A MASTER'S LEVEL CLASS I CREATED
part of penn state's open education resources

TROPICAL FOREST
FRAGMENTATION

FORESTS, CARBON CREDITS & CLIMATE CHANGE

WETLAND RESTORATION

GROUNDWATER MODELING

INVASIVE SPECIES

LAND USE CHANGE

ENVIRONMENTAL DATA

LEAD A GIS TEAM

GEOPIVOT

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