Greetings. I am a geographer, applying techniques such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography, quantitative and qualitative research, remote sensing, spatial data science, data communication/visualization, photography, report and technical writing, and public speaking. I employ these approaches leveraging technology in the form of applications such as the ArcGIS suite of products (ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, ArcPro), QGIS, and the Adobe Creative suite (Illustrator, Photoshop) to investigate:
- Environmental Awareness
- Change Analysis
- Land Use
- Natural Disasters
I graduated, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Geography with three minors (Geographic Information Systems [GIS], Geoscience, and Community and Environmental Planning) from Rowan University. I was honored with the Delaware Valley Geographic Association’s Outstanding Geography Senior Award. While at Rowan I completed several projects that have connections to Geography, History, Paleontology and Planning. I worked on a project with Zachary Christman, PhD., GIS Program Coordinator at Rowan, and Mr. Jody Manning, Assistant Professor, Modern European History at Rowan. The project entailed creating a series of maps showing structural changes in and around the former Dachau Concentration Camp and SS Training Grounds, in Dachau, Germany. I also worked with Dr. Mahbubur Meenar, GISP, at the Rowan University Community Visualization and Planning Lab. I began the process of creating a Brownfields Redevelopment Literature Review Database, documenting other researcher’s work in the field. This data will be applied to the robust brownfield redevelopment going on in the North Kensington section of Philadelphia near the Lehigh Viaduct.
In February 2018, I began working in the Bureau of Water Allocation and Well Permitting at New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). During my time at NJDEP I conducted routine surveys, studies, inspections, and investigations relating to the improvement and monitoring of environmental conditions, and the enforcement of environmental laws or regulations. More specifically, I conducted the technical review of well construction records and well decommissioning reports or water allocation and agricultural certification permit applications. The technical review of these applications or documents required an in-depth geological and/or hydrogeological evaluation of the design and construction of wells, and the potential impact of the diversion on other water users in the area. I frequently searched for possible unregistered wells in NJGeoWeb, NJDEP’s interactive web mapping application.
I then spent a year working as a Geographer for the U.S. Census Bureau working in the Philadelphia Regional Census Center. I used geographic concepts, tools, and systems to update address listing systems and databases and produce region-wide geographic and cartographic products as well as updated maps and lists of addresses for jurisdictions. Identified and analyzed problems with geographic projects, weighing relevance and accuracy of information, generating and evaluating alternative solutions, making recommendations, and implementing procedures to achieve objectives.
Currently, I am an Environmental Program Specialist working for NJDEP, in the Bureau of Safe Drinking Water, where I review lead and copper sampling plans and water quality parameter plans for community water systems and non-transient, non-community water systems. Other tasks include creating maps to help my colleagues see data in a new way, reviewing web content and fact sheets for data and grammatical errors.
Additionally , I am a research consultant in the Planning and Visualization Lab at Rowan, where I finished a project conducting field observations to analyze the social context and impacts of constructed Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects in Philadelphia and Camden. I have created several maps to be used in the co-authored article that is forthcoming. I am always looking to be a part of research teams, hoping to add my diverse set of skills to complete difficult and interesting projects.
I live in Southern New Jersey, with my wife and our two wild boys.