Areas of Interest
Land Change Science, Biogeography, Latin America, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems.
Remote Sensing, Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Geography of Latin America, and Land Change Science.
Memberships and Professional Service
Guest Lecturer, Hunter College GeoSeminar Series: Plant Invasions in an Agricultural Frontier, "The case of bracken fern invasion in southern Yucatan Peninsular Region," 2007; Guest Lecturer, Centro de Investigaciones Científicas de Yucatán (CICY), Merida Yucatan, Unidad de Recursos Naturales, "Plantas Invasoras y cambios de uso del suelo: el efecto del manejo del terreno en la invasión del helecho P. aquilinum en el sur de la Península de Yucatán," 2006; Guest Lecturer, Association of American Geographers, "Advance and retreat: Land abandonment and plant invasions in an agricultural frontier in special session Linking Social and Ecological Systems," 2006; Global Futures Symposia, Livingston College, 2007; Faculty Advisor, Humprhey Fellows, 2006; Proposal Reviewer, NOAA-NSF Ecological Forecasting, NSF Regional Geography; Member: Association of American Geographers, Conference of Latinamericanist Geographers, Ecological Society of America, and the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER).
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Co-Principal Investigator, NASA, "Land Use-Land Cover Change Program. Landscape Resilience Vulnerability in the Southern Yucatan Peninsular Region," 2005-2008; Co-Prinicipal Investigator, Nastional Science Foundation, "Long Term Ecological Research. Social Science Supplement," 2004 and 2007; Pruzer-Holzhauer Fellowship, Clark University, 2003; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Exxon Fellow, 1991.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research focuses on human-environment relations affecting patterns and processes of land-use land-cover change. My specific research interests are monitoring and modeling land transformation, biophysical remote sensing and ecological dynamics of plant invasions.
I am currently involved in two ongoing research projects: 1. Understanding landscape resilience through the relationships of fire dynamics and invasive species in Southern Yucatán, Mexico (funded by NASA LCLUC program) and 2. The importance of landscape legacies on contemporary land change in New Hampshire (funded by LTER-NSF).