I have spent the majority of my life working to understand the many ways in which humans and their environment interact to effect one another. In my experience, the various different types of problems which arise in this domain can be extremely difficult to understand. This is due not only to their multiple and sometimes interelated causes but also to their often time delayed effects.
I believe that as a civilization we are entering a new and interesting period; one wherein the pursuit of a deeper understanding of these types of human-environment interactions will be elevated from its current status as a mere academic diversion to that of a wide reaching socio-economic mandate. I for one am extremely excited to see what this change will enable us to achieve. My only hope is to make a meaninful contribution in the process.
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Doctor of Philosphy in Environmental Science • June 2015
My PhD dissertation work involved the study of municipal freshwater reuse systems that involve artificial groundwater recharge components. My research discovered that the net water savings associated with this type of water reuse are highly sensitive to local geographic context. This sensitivity is due to the embedded water consumption associated with the production of the electricity that is required to operate the large pumps used by the aritifical recharge systems. This project involved the development of a novel parallel genetic algorithm for the location of optimal corridors relative to multiple spatially distributed costs. My PhD committee inlcuded Dr. Arturo Keller (Chair), Dr. Roland Geyer, Dr. James Frew.
Master of Arts in Geography • June 2014
My MA in Geography focused on the use of geostatistical techniques to develop synethic geographic variables that could be used to systematically test and validate the performance of stochastic spatial optimization algorithms. My masters committee included Dr. James Frew (Chair) Dr. Keith Clarke, and Dr. Phaedon Kyriakidis.
School of Foresty and Environmental Studies
Master of Environmental Science • June 2010
My MESc involved intensive study in three main areas: the application of geographic information systems to environmental science, life cycle assessment theory and implementation, and the principles of green chemistry and green engineering. My masters thesis advisors included Dr. Paul Anastas and Dr. Julie Zimmerman.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science • June 2008
During my undergraduate years I did research in analytical environmental chemistry on the application of various iron rich clay species to the remediation of pesticide derived groundwater pollutants. I also undertook an honors thesis investigating the energy consumption footprint of the Bucknell University campus buildings and facilities. My honors thesis committee included Dr. Molly McGuire (Chair), Dr. Peter Slaughter, and Mr. James Knight.
Graduate Level • March 2009 - 2015
While at Yale, I assisted Dr. Charles Dana Tomlin in the teaching of both raster and vector based GIS courses. At UCSB, I also assisted Dr. James Frew in the teaching of similar graduate level GIS courses at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Additionally, also while at UCSB, I assisted in the teaching of graduate level courses in Lanscape Ecology and Biogeochemistry.
Spatial Analysis • September 2011 - 2014
While at UCSB, I worked as a research scientist on several different projects funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the California Energy Commission. The work which I did involving these projects focused on the application of advanced computational techniques to complicated spatial analysis problems.
Over the years I have accumulated a number of useful skills relevant to the design, execution, and documentation of advanced science research projects. Listed below are a number of tools with which I am proficient. The bars plotted beneath each application domain reflect a personal, and somewhat arbitrary, assessment of my relative level of competence.
Go | C | C++
POSIX Shell | DOS Command Prompt
NumPy | SciPy | PySpark | Tensorflow | MATLAB | R
ArcPy | QGIS | GRASS | ERDAS | ENVI
PostgreSQL | HBase | MySQL | SQLite
My PhD dissertation provided an in depth investigation of net energy-water usage efficiency of municipal wastewater reuse involving artificial groundwater recharge for five case study regions within the state of California.Academic, Research, Water, Energy, GIS
A paper published in the Journal Environmental Management describing an effort to locate the placement of fracking wells within a natural landscape such that the impact to a portfolio of ecosystem services was minimized.Ecosystem Services, Spatial Optimization, GIS, InVEST
The major application paper coming out the work done for my dissertation was published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.Energy-Water Nexus, Corridor Location Planning, GIS, Shortest Path, Water Reuse
This is a paper that my undergraduate research group published in the analytical chemistry journal Langmuir. The paper discusses findings regarding the structural behavior of a family of iron rich clays under various reduction-oxidation conditions.Redox Chemistry, FTIR, Smectite Clays, Atrazine, Colloids
This paper describes some theoretical contributions that I made towards the improvment of a genetic algorithm for the multi-objective corridor location problem.Corridor Location Problem, Shortest Path, Genetic Algorithm, MOGADOR
This small grant research project sought to determine if 100% of the usable rooftop area within the state of California were outfitted with solar PV panels whether the quantity of electricity produced within a given year would effectively offset the quantity of energy consumed in that period of time by the state's automotive fleet.patial Statistics, Solar Photovoltaics, California Energy Commission, Sun to Wheels
After I finished my PhD in Santa Barbara, my wife, Tessa Mendez, and I went on a six month, 18,888 mile, overland roadtrip throughout North America. After this trip she started a blog to document our various travels and experiences. Check it out if you are interested in learning more about the places that we like to visit and the types of things that we like to do.
That man is the richest,Henry David Thoreau
whose pleasures are the cheapest.
I think Thoreau may have been onto something here, because I most enjoy doing activies that allow me to physcially engage with the outdoors without spending too much money. Surfing, diving, running, cycling, and playing soccer are all among these.
Please feel free to send me a note if your have an interesting project or employment opportunity that you think I might be a good fit for.