About Me

I’m a Geography student in my fourth year in the 5-year MS+PhD program. My research interests focus on the application of immersive virtual reality (iVR) technology to geographic visualization. In particular, I’m interested in experimentally evaluating how unique aspects enabled by iVR systems (such as embodied movement) affect understanding of 3D data visualizations. Additional research interests include GIScience generally, spatial cognition, and big data science.

I joined Penn State in Fall 2014, and received my MS in Geography in the fall of 2016.  I am currently in the Big Data Social Science- Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (BDSS-IGERT) program.

Before joining the Department of Geography at Penn State, I received my Bachelor’s in Geography from New Mexico State University in 2012, and worked as a Geospatial Analyst for Bohannan Huston, inc. in Albuquerque, NM. I recently interned with the Geographic Information Science and Technology group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Summer 2017), and my past internships include working with the United States Geological Survey and the NMSU Spatial Applications Research Center.