I am Assistant Professor of Geography in the Social Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie Wisconsin. My research spans a number of academic specialties, including urban-rural interactions, political ecology, and critical GIS. I use a variety of methods in my research including standard qualitative methods, visual ethnography, and GIS.
I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, where I researched sprawling urban growth and and farmland preservation efforts. My academic interests emerged from a decade of working in science and outdoor education. I became interested in the processes the produce uneven access to environmental amenities such parks, conservation areas, and picturesque rural landscapes. I earned my masters degree from the University of California Davis, where I researched teens use of outdoor spaces and their involvement in community development processes.
Currently I am working on several projects. I have been studying the impacts of tourism in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. I’m interested in the work involved in creating spaces for tourism and how communities affected by growth in tourism.
For the last two summers I have worked with colleagues at UW-Stout and students from across the US on the LAKES REU, which investigates the social, economic, and environmental factors influencing phosphorus pollution and harmful algae blooms in local lakes and waterbodies.
I am currently developing a project examining the politics of wild rice management and restoration in Wisconsin.
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