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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State. My research focus is on encouraging climate-resistant communities and ecosystems. I use my Landscape Architecture (BSLA, MSLA) and urban and regional planning (Ph.D.) training to examine how we can design, plan, and manage our landscapes to sustain mutually beneficial relationships between people and ecological systems. My work broadly addresses how communities and households can adapt to or manage and mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events and the degradation of ecosystems to ensure the continuation of mutually beneficial ecosystem services? Due to the inter-and intra-system complexities of humans, climate, weather, built environment, and ecosystems I favor a mixed, spatial-methods research approach to ensure I fully understand the spatial context, human and natural landscape patterns, and different dimensions of the issue(s) under analysis. My work covers three thematic areas: 1) ecology plus design, 2) spatial design computing, and 3) design education and pedagogy.