I grew up in a small town in Central Pennsylvania, raised on a healthy dose of old school hip hop, Kool Aid, punk rock, egg rolls, skateboarding and Star Wars. Later, I played in bands, started a record label, printed a fanzine, joined the U.S. Coast Guard, lived in nine states and somehow, along the way, learned how to drive a forklift.
After my time in the Coast Guard, I earned a degree in photography from the Antonelli Institute, then spent the next decade as a lifestyle, fashion, wedding and portrait photographer, working both in New York City and Philadelphia. I then felt I needed a new challenge, one that combined with my photography background would effect change in this world. I graduated in December, 2017, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with three minors (Geoscience, Geographic Information Systems [GIS], and Community and Environmental Planning) from Rowan University. I was honored with the Delaware Valley Geographic Association’s Outstanding Geography Senior Award this past May.
This fall I began working as a Research Consultant at the Community Planning & Visualization Lab at Rowan University, studying the social impacts and social contexts of Philadelphia’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects. At the same time, I received my provisional Certificates of Eligibility from NJDOE to teach K-6 and Middle School Social Studies. Recently, I have begun the Rutgers 50-hour Pre-Service CE EPP course while working as a Teacher’s Aide in the Clayton School District in Clayton, NJ. In my spare time, I volunteer on the Shade Tree Commission in Wenonah, NJ and take Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC’s) through ESRI (Do-It-Yourself GeoApps and Earth Imagery at Work).
Earth, People and the Environment
Earth Sciences Laboratory
Environmental Science and Technology
Environmental Site Assessment
Fundamentals of GIS
Geoscience of Natural Disasters
History and Methods of Modern Geography
Introduction to Mapping and GIS
Introduction to Planning
Remote Sensing / Air Photo Interpretation
My interests include education, history, historical GIS, geology, volcanology, remote sensing, disaster preparedness, photogrammetry, appropriate technologies and renewable energy.
I live in Wenonah, NJ, with my wife and our two wild boys.