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Faculty contribute to the interdisciplinary Center for Sustainability and Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism in many and varied ways reflecting the multidisciplinary interest on the campus in sustainability and a generous willingness to engage in the research, teaching and outreach activities of the center. Examples of these contributions include service on the MS-ST Faculty Graduate Committee, on thesis and non-thesis projects, on search committees, in recruiting and mentoring students, on external funding activities, on special projects and initiatives, in teaching core courses, on interdisciplinary research and publication efforts and on hosting visiting scholars, among others. Faculty affiliates are encouraged to cross over with other disciplines in research interests to the extent possible in order to become fully aware of, and take advantage of, the many interdisciplinary approaches and opportunities.
I am interested in promoting the adoption of geospatial technologies by communities for better land use planning, environmental quality, and natural hazards reduction. The strategy I am pursuing in outreach seeks to raise awareness, develop capacity, and proselytize the labor, time-saving, and efficiency of GIS and related technology. Many communities lack the awareness or technical wherewithal to utilize GIS. My community outreach intends to raise the public awareness of spatial decision-making, providing the layperson, government, and activists alike access to the environmental data and ultimately life-sustaining resources for an ecological foundation of sustainability. I am a highly engaged scholar who enjoys working with others in a variety of disciplines. In particular, I have become strongly allied with practitioners in public health and mosquito control, environmental management, and sustainable design, manufacturing, and planning.
I am fascinated by the revolution in science and technology that allows us to map with unprecedented accuracy and precision as well as to record and analyze spatial patterns and processes. I work on problems with a holistic perspective that includes the spatial dynamics of environmental systems. I am most interested in coastal ecosystems, watersheds, and landform changes (e.g., sea-level rise, coastal erosion, natural hazards, and environmental quality). Toward this, I have studied a wide range of systems, from barrier islands, shore erosion mapping techniques, mosquito-borne disease, land use and stormwater runoff, and sea-level rise. Since coastal environments offer such attractive tourism resources, my interest in sustainable tourism flows naturally from my passion for the coasts.