I’m PhD student in Urban and Regional Science, and Research Assistant in the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. I work to improve current practices on risk assessment and management related to natural hazards with social impacts. My doctoral research focuses on hurricane risk using causal probabilistic analysis through influence diagrams (Bayesian networks), which includes mapping risk for possible better risk communication. The research areas I focus on are at the nexus of the sub-fields of urban geography and human ecology, and include using Geographic Information Science for spatial analyses of risk; urban hazards and risk assessment; social impacts; and community-based participatory research. I’m a coding and reproducible research enthusiast, intensely employing open-source software such as R and QGIS. Currently, I teach Urban Analytical Methods (URPN 210), Introduction to QGIS, and work on Hurricane Evacuation Studies where I contribute producing maps, spatial analysis, and to the development of behavioral surveys.
- Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning (LAUP)
- College of Architecture (COA) at Texas A&M University (TAMU)
- Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center (HRRC)
- Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory (SGL)
- Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications and Technology (GEOSAT)
- Risk assessment for natural hazards with social impacts
- Probabilistic causal analysis through influence diagrams (Bayesian networks)
- Spatial analyses of risk, including thematic cartography and geo-visualization
- Hurricane evacuation planning
- Impact of natural disasters on suicide risk
Expertise in Geospatial Technologies
- R (Simple features, RGDAL, and RGEOS)
- QGIS (largely R, GRASS and OSM geographic data)
- Computer generated footprints (buildings polygonization)
- Thematic cartography
Expertise in Analytical Methods
- Bayesian Networks (BN)
- Difference in Difference (DID)
- Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
- Hypothesis Testing for Means & Proportions
- M.S. Production Engineering, Federal University of Sao Carlos (DEP/UFSCar), Brazil.
- B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Sao Paulo (EESC/USP), Brazil.