My research program examines ways to increase active living and promote healthy communities. I engage these topics using geospatial tools and empirical modeling strategies with the goalto provide a fuller understanding of contextual and compositional factors affecting accessibility, mobility, and social equity; with a keen focus on the moderating influence of urban design and public health.  The techniques I use largly consist of: GISc, urban data science, spatial statistics, agent based modeling (ABM), spatiotemporal modeling, and other geovisualization strategies. The following topics represent ongoing and past research endeavors: 

  • Active transportation 

  • Urban design, mental health, travel

  • Spatial statistical analysis

  • Transportation psychology

  • Geovisualization and geospatial technology

  • Inter-modal transportation choice

  • Food access and demand

  • Human wayfinding 

  • Travel-demand forecasting

  • Crime risk modeling

  • Multi-criteria decision-making

  • Neighborhood-quality evaluation  

  • Bicycle crash modeling

Latest Research Updates:

October 13, 2016

A large part of my research investigates how urban design facilitates human wayfinding success while walking or bicycling. Using a bottom-approach to modeling, this research seeks to supplant traditional mobility studies in that micro-scale urban morphological metrics are explicitly accounted for, and aid in predicting transportation mode-choice and mobility trends. This research has two main components; 1) utilization of disaggregated urban morphological vari...

March 7, 2015

Food insecurity is a global problem that has no clear solution. My interest in this issue is to apply advanced spatial and GIS models that provide a greater understanding of the spatial and aspatial barriers to healthy food access. As a result of a USDA sponsored grant, I am able to assist a team of researchers set on studying this issue in Michigan. 

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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

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