I am the Kalin Librarian for Technological Innovation, Geospatial Services Librarian and Assistant Professor of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. I lead the library’s Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information where I promote and facilitate spatial literacy and the use of maps and geospatial information and technologies across the university. This includes the development of publically accessible map and geospatial data collections and tools, one on one and small group research consultations, offering technical and non-technical trainings and workshops, and conducting primary research. My research interests and experiences are diverse and span the fields of geographic information science and remote sensing, historical cartography, landscape ecology and conservation, human geography and mapping, and academic librarianship.
I also co-edit the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries that is a great international resource for a wide variety of geospatial and mapping topics.
Prior to my arrival at Penn State I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Montana State University where I was working with the U.S. Department of Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center on the ecological impacts of climate and land use change in the Northern Rocky Mountains. I have a long history of working for and with the U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service and continue to be interested in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in the context of global change, including how spatial and statistical modeling can provide decision-support in the face of scientific uncertainty.
For more information about me, please consult my curriculum vitae: NBP CV