I am an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Science. My research addresses the role of cognition in extraction of information from remote sensing data products. This takes two forms. First, the cognitive factors of very high spatial resolution imagery interpretation. In this area I have recently published work from my study of a visual analytics image interpretation system. Second, the integration of cognitive factors of image interpretation into Geographic-Object Based Image Analysis Worflows. I am currently working on expertise transfer and knowledge formalization for GEOBIA applications.
I teach Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis Methods (GEO 826 GeoComputation) in addition to the two cartography courses (GEO 326 and 426). In all three courses I emphasize the role of spatial knowledge and cognition to our understanding of geospatial phenomena. I incorporate my own artistic hobbies (pottery and watercoloring) into the classes and encourage students to bring their own artistic and scientific interests as well. In the past students have completed hand drawn maps, water colorings, and this year we will be creating stoneware relief tiles from USGS topographic maps.
I am originally from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. I enjoy anything creative, but especially landscape photography, orchid growing, pottery, water coloring, woodworking, and classical literature. I also am a member of the Mid-Michigan Running Group, and will be running my first marathon in the spring of 2018. I am a long-distance parent to my nine year old son Brett, and a pet parent to two Flemish Giant rabbits named Fergus and Mildred, a Doberman named Zelda, and a cat named Charlie.