I am currently a PhD Candidate researching the complexities of recovery from economic collapse in Youngstown, OH. To do this, I am exploring the relationships between crime, blight/vacancy, and neighborhood improvement efforts. My main interests are in crisis/disaster management, the utilization of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, and geospatial intelligence. I especially enjoy combining remote sensing techniques with environmental assessments.
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I earned my Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Florida's Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Before pursuing a Ph.D., I worked for seven years in the field of natural resource management and conservation. During this time, I worked for the United States Park Service, the United States Forest Service and was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, East Africa. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I served for two years as a Warden of Tourism in Uganda's national park system.