As a native of New York City, I have had a life-long interest in the urban environment, especially that of my home-town. I consider myself very fortunate to have a job that allows me to combine this fascination with urban culture, history, and the built environment with my passion for social justice issues. My previous education and professional background in architecture, urban planning, environmental management, and policy analysis, as well as my love for history, has been wonderful preparation to being a geographer, which is, in many ways, the ultimate inclusionary, cross-cutting, and multi-disciplinary field. The research areas I focus on are at the nexus of the sub-fields of urban, environmental, and health geography, and include using Geographic Information Science (GISc) for spatial analyses of environmental health justice issues; land use and health impacts; urban hazards and risk assessment; and community-based participatory research.
Field work in the Galapagos Islands, studying marine iguanas on Fernadina Isle. (The Charles Darwin Research Station's research vessel, Beagle III)