My field of study is primarily urban geography, overlapping with urban and land use planning and the natural environment. My research interests are vast and varied, but a common thread among them is comprised of the issues of equity and sustainability. My focus is primarily on urban and periurban areas, and the relationships between humans and the built environment, and humans and the natural environment, including animals. More specifically, I am interested in the impacts the built environment has upon human behavior and choices, and conversely, the impacts of human behavior on the environment. I have a BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Ecology, as well as a BA and MA in Geography with a focus on urban geography and urban planning. I also have a Certificate in Municipal Administration.
My master’s thesis, conducted at the University of Toledo, included an analysis of accessibility to healthy food in Toledo, Ohio, using Network Analyst in ArcMap. Subsequent research has included assessing attitudes toward local food purchasing among consumers and school food service directors. I assisted with the formation of a CSA delivery site on the University of Toledo campus, and led the land use planning working group during the (ongoing) formation of a county-wide food council in Lucas County, OH. In addition to local food systems and food accessibility, I am also interested in alternative food systems, reclamation of urban and periurban land for food production, sustainable land use planning, and equity planning.