I am an Assistant Professor of Planning in the Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability at Rowan University. I examine the connection between spatial and human dimensions in developing plans for sustainable communities, focusing on the nexus of land, water, and food. My research interests also include the use of geospatial and other digital technologies in participatory spatial planning. My work has been published in leading journals, including Journal of Planning Literature, Landscape and Urban Planning, and Environmental Management. I currently teach Geovisualization and Community Planning & Site Design. Prior to joining Rowan University, I served as a GIS specialist, researcher, and educator at Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities for more than a decade. I have received research grants from federal, state, and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Currently, I am the principal investigator of a Brownfields area-wide planning project, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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