PhD Student

University of Denver, Department of Geography and the Environment


My research falls broadly within human-environment interactions, geography, and ecology.  Past research spanned the fields of land change science, conservation planning, and landscape ecology. My Masters thesis investigated the pattern and trajectory of landscape changes in and around New Mexico’s Gila National Forest - an area I termed the "Greater Gila Ecosystem".  Recent theoretical work involves the viability of a political ecology of the U.S. "New West".

My current PhD project at the University of Denver's Department of Geography and the Environment applies the ecosystem services framework to urban green space. Marshaling Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, field sampling and interviewing my project investigates how - and why - ecosystem services are inequitably distributed in urban areas. 

My favorite thing about geography is its disciplinary flexibility, creating space for multiple methods and techniques of analysis. I love that a geographer's tools include a field notebook and compass, as well as satellite instruments, computers, and datasets.

Research Interests
Human-environment interactions

Ecosystem services

Urban green space

Spatial equity


Natural resource management