Phone: (304) 293-2026
Brooks Hall Room 141
West Virginia University
My interests include:
Object-based image analysis
Education through travel
I am currenlty an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University. I teach mainly geospatial and physical geography courses for both undergraduates and graduates.
Prior to coming to West Virginia University, I was an Assistant Professor at Alderson Broaddus University. As AB is primarily a teaching institution, I taught a wide variety of coursework related to GIS/remote sensing, environmental science, and geology.
Prior to teaching, I worked as a Remote Sensing Analyst at the Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) at West Virginia University. There I was tasked with mapping and geospatial modeling tasks related to natural resource management.
I am a graduate of Alderson Broaddus where I received bachelor degrees in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. I then attended West Virginia University where I earned a master degree in geology followed by a PhD in geology. I also hold a geographic information systems professional (GISP) certification from the GIS Certification Institute.
I am a native of West Virginia. I grew up in Preston County, where my parents still live. I have a twin sister, who is a school teacher in Morgantown, WV and a younger brother, who is a software engineer in Charleston, WV.
My research interests include land cover mapping, machine learning, LiDAR, image analysis, geomorphology, and landscape change. I am also very interested in geospatial education and effective teaching techniques.
Current Research Projects
Statewide object-based land cover mapping in West Virginia
Mapping forest types using spectral and terrain data
Mapping wetlands with spectral and terrain data using machine learning
Modeling fire induced forest canopy loss
Slope failure predictions using machine learning
Importance of DEM source for wetland mapping
Practical considerations when using machine learning for remote sensing image classification
Review of NAIP orthophotography for land cover mapping
Land cover mapping of Preston County, WV using object-based image analysis, mulitple data sets, and machine learning
Land cover mapping in the southern coalfields of West Virginia using RapidEye satellite data and LiDAR
Mapping forest stand types in the Monongahelia National Forest
Wetland topographic probabalistic modeling using random forests
Separating mine reclamation from spectrally similar cover types using terrain characteristics