Welcome to my homepage. I am an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Michigan-Flint as well as a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Michigan Data Science Institute (MIDAS) and Fellow at the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health (UK). I am also the Director of the GIS Program.  

My current CV is available here

My research is centered on examining accessibility, urban design, and public health outcomes using innovative GIS methods and empirical models. My work within these areas has been expansive, spanning approaches involving active transportation; naturalistic models to assess cycling stress; Agent Based Modeling (ABM); travel-mode sentiment analysis using Big Data; travel-demand modeling; neighborhood crime and public health outcomes; urban infrastructure resiliency; mental health-transportation-urban form relations; intermodal travel potentials in legacy cities; and geovisualizing food insecurity patterns. 

I also have a breadth of practical experience from working in private industry, government units, and non-profit organizations as a GIS analyst, planner, and consultant. These experiences inform my teaching and serve to complement my research agenda.   


A new open-access article has been published: "(Re) emphasizing Urban Infrastructure Resilience via Scoping Review and Content Analysis.Working with Dr. Richard Shaker (@geoedodesign), and other collaborators at Ryerson University, we reviewed the literature to more fully understand connected research themes, scientific popularity, and conceptual boundaries of the term "infrastructure resilience." The full paper can be found here.
My research in Germany will continue in 2020! I will be spending a good part of the spring season at the Hochschule Bochum University of Applied Sciences as a Visiting Professor. During my stay, I will be working with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Mühlenbruch on a comparative study of bicycling indicators as well as a pedelecs (e-bikes) mode choice project involving residents in Germany. Please stay tuned in....
I am excited to announce that I have been recently selected to become a Fellow at the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health. Working with Director, Leyla McCay (@laylamccay), and many other Fellows at the Institute, I will bring my enthusiasm and empirical skills to further our understanding on the connections among urban design, mental health, and active transportation. Stay tuned and if you want to learn more about the Institute, check them out here!




Find me

University of Michigan-Flint

Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment

University of Michigan, Michigan Institute of Data Sciences (MIDAS) 

Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health


University of Michigan-Flint

Department of Geography, Planning and Environment 

516 Murchie Science Bldg

Flint, Michigan 48502

t: 810-762-3355