I’m a GIScientist, cartographer, and PhD candidate in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. Before moving out to State College I studied at Michigan State University where I received a B.S in GIScience and a master’s in Geography with Dr. Kirk Goldsberry. My master’s thesis focused on traffic map design and methods for improving travel time visualization.
For my doctoral work I am exploring cartography and geovisual analytics with an emphasis on human-computer interaction, interactive affordances, and big data. I am also interested in skeuomorphism and believe the typical aesthetic uses of skeuomorphism undervalue its true potential. Dr. Alan MacEachren is the chair of my committee.
As a research assistant at Penn State’s GeoVISTA Center I am researching and designing map symbology for mobile devices. I’ve also helped develop and design the Symbol Store, an online repository for finding and downloading map symbols as Esri style files.
Less notably, I serve as a panelist for Ask Science on Reddit where I help others answer scientific questions related to cartography, spatial reasoning, and geography. I’ve also been involved with the Drupal project for advertising and theme development.
Aside from geography and maps I love photography, fishing local streams, and geocaching. I ride motocross and play guitar less proficiently than I’d like. When it comes to reading outside of scientific domains I enjoy a good fantasy or two, if you know what I’m Tolkien about!