I was raised in Nassau County, NY and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. As an undergraduate in the College of Human Ecology I pursued a bachelor of science. During the summer I served as a research assistant with Dr. Gary Evans. Evans is an environmental psychologist who first exposed me to the fascinating world of design and environmental analyses. I helped interview local adolescents for a longitudinal study on early childhood poverty, cumulative risk exposure, and BMI trajectories through young adulthood. During my senior year, I worked as a newscaster and producer for 93.5 WVBR, a local rock radio station. I created some radio spots that aired on this central NY radio station for a number of years.Throughout my time in Ithaca I performed with various bands ranging from rock and funk/r&b to blues and bluegrass. As a bassist/vocalist, I recorded two albums which are available online:
After college, I moved to DC to work for PSB, a political polling/market research firm. The highlight was serving as lead data analyst for Tony Blair's successful re-election campaign for prime minister. As a project manager I also had the opportunity to visit Asia and Europe to lead focus groups. Ultimately, I sought a more visual way to represent data and discovered the field of geography in the summer of 2005. In early 2006 I was offered a assistantship to attend San Diego State University as a graduate researcher student in the department of geography. From 2004-2006 I also toured the eastern U.S. with W.M.D., playing bluegrass / Americana / folk music with Aaron Ratiere and Smoked Mullet. Played in FL, DC, NY, and KY. I must say that Paducha, Kentucky is a great town for artists.
As a graduate student, I focused on participatory mapping and programming in Python for GIS. My Master's thesis was a usability study of a participatory mapping tool called Discourse Maps. The application allowed users to contribute to a structured discussion board and annotate where the topic took place on a map. I also worked at SDSU on artificial neural networks and public health research with Drs. Skupin and Weeks respectively. I also had the privelege of working for Baja Directions a graphic design firm specializing in sportfishing maps of Southern California and Baja CA, Mexico. The office was located right on the Del Mar Shores, north of San Diego. Here I developed a strong affinity for the ocean and marine science. I also learned to surf and sail catamaran. In September 2009 I was selected to intern with the Maps Division of the National Geographic Society. I returned to DC after driving up through California to Seattle and across the northern portion of the U.S.
At National Geographic I contributed to the production of their Atlas of the World, Nineth Edition. I later transitioned to assisting their education department build a web mapping application for geography students. I also served as a GIS instructor for National Geographic Magazine. In January 2010, I moved across the city to intern for World Wildlife Fund's Conservation Science Program (CSP). After six months, I began a full-time position with Stanford University and the Natural Capital Project's marine initiative. This has allowed me to once again explore marine issues using GIS for conservation. I currently serve as a GIS Specialist and am seated in Washington DC as a visiting scientist with WWF's CSP.