M.A. Geography, 1992, San Diego State University
B.A. Geography, 1989, Sonoma State University
A.S. Earth Science, 1986, Santa Rosa Junior College
Adjunct Faculty, Santa Rosa Junior College, January 1996 - present
Lecturer, Sonoma State University, August 1999 - May 2000; January 2002 - May 2002
Lecturer, Sonoma State University Extended Education, October 1995 - December 1999
Adjunct Faculty, Alameda College, August 1995 - December 1995
Adjunct Faculty, Palomar College, June 1990 - December 1994
Adjunct Faculty, Southwestern College, January 1993 - May 1993
Guest Lecturer, San Diego State University, January 1991 - May 1991
Graduate Teaching Assistant, San Diego State University, August 1989 - December 1991
Teaching Assistant, Sonoma State University, August 1988 - December 1988
I started reading and drawing maps when I was six years old. Even at that early age I could see how powerful they were and I wanted to understand how they were created and how people got the information to put on them! Working with geo-spatial technology, such as GIS, GPS, and remote sensing, has afforded me the opportunity to match my interest in mapping with my passion for the environment. I'm especially interested in resource conservation issues, whether it is wilderness areas or places of intensive human activity. I'm also curious about how culture and value systems intersect with human stewardship of the land in the U.S. and in different parts of the world. Despite great advances in technology, there are still some basic limitations to human survival that are becoming even more apparent as human population continues to grow exponentially.
I have traveled extensively around the United States, Mexico, and Canada to study the physical and cultural landscape of North America. I've also researched and traveled to the South Pacific, with particular interest in Tahiti and New Zealand. While most of the rest of my experience with the wider world is via research, mapping and remote sensing, I have a strong interest in international travel and have many places yet to see on my "to-do list".
I currently work with a number of organizations within County government to promote the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in decision making. I enjoy working in County government because the scope is local, yet broad enough to examine issues in the context of larger systems. I think we are making good progress in using it to solve everyday problems in a wide range of government services, especially in public safety. My goal is to make using geo-spatial technology a seamless part of our employees' daily consumption of information, in the same way that no one thinks overly much about how they use a web browser to access information on the Internet. Check out the link below for our recent collaborative effort on an interactive GIS web site with the Permit and Resource Management Department.
I enjoy teaching at SRJC because I enjoy sharing what I've learned to students of all ages, and I love seeing their passion develop into their avocation. I also consider it to be an honor and a privilege to teach at the same institution where I started my college education three decades ago!
Geography as a major field of study is useful for expanding personal knowledge of the world, but it also provides excellent tools and general education for designing a career path that matches aptitude and interest with job potential. If you love maps (and computers) and observing and interacting with physical and/or cultural landscapes, it just might be the discipline for you!
Work and Consulting Experience:
2005-Present; GIS Manager, County of Sonoma, Information Systems Department, Santa Rosa, CA.
2001-2005; GIS Coordinator, County of Sonoma, Information Systems Department, Santa Rosa, CA.
2000-2001; System Software Analyst, County of Sonoma, Information Systems Department, Santa Rosa, CA.
1995-2000; GIS Specialist, County of Sonoma, Information Systems Department, Santa Rosa, CA.
1993-1995; Software Analyst, Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI), Inc., Redlands, CA.
1993; GIS Intern, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Diego, CA.
1989-1992; Graduate Research Assistant, San Diego State University (SDSU), San Diego, CA.
Professional Areas of Interest:
Concentration of Study/Research -
Geographic Information Systems, ESRI ArcGIS software, techniques and applications, especially environmental, public safety, and other local government;
Cartography and map interpretation;
Environmental Conservation, especially watershed analysis and habitat protection
Physical Geography, esp. arid lands climate, landforms, and vegetation; coastal geomorphology
Human Geography, esp. cultural ecology, historical geography, environmental perception, geography of childhood, gender studies, and census demography.
Regional Proficiencies and/or Interests -
Desert Southwest, U.S.
Northeast Pacific Coast, California, U.S.
Sierra Nevada Mountains, U.S.
Rocky Mountains and Basin & Range, U.S.
Western Europe, esp. Ireland, Scotland, and the U.K., Portugal, France, and the Netherlands;
Russia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and SW Asia, esp. patterns of language and folk music;
South Pacific, including Tahiti, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand
Africa, especially western and southern
Professional Involvement and Community Service:
Chairperson, County of Sonoma, GIS Technical Advisory Committee (GIS-TAC), 2003-present
Member, Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), 2011-present
Member, SRJC Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation Technical Advisory Committee, 2003-present
Member, SRJC Civil Engineering and Surveying Technical Advisory Committee, 2002-present
Piner High School Geospatial Technology Pathway (GTP) partner, 2011-present
SRJC Transfer Advocate Program, Geography and GIS, UC and CSU, 1996-present
Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Co-Coordinator and Coordinator, Santa Rosa ArcGIS User Group, 1999-2005
Bay Area Regional GIS Council (BAR-GC), Sonoma County representative, 2002-present (organization inactive since 2009)
Honors and Awards:
Special Achievement Award in GIS (SAG); awarded at the ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, CA, July 2016.