Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Alabama

I am a geographer who studies the relationship between nature and society at various geographic scales. Specific research and teaching interests include human dimension of climate change, environmental risk perceptions, environmental policy/planning, and community resilience to natural hazards. My current research can be generalized as: understanding human judgment on environmental hazards and risks in a geographic context. My scholarly work has appeared in the Annals of American Association of Geographers, Environmental Research Letters, Weather, Climate, and Society, Journal of Risk Research, Risk Analysis, International Journal of Climatology, Social Science Quarterly, Disasters, Environmental Politics, Journal of Hydrology, and Water Research. In addition to my academic experience, I have worked for Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in Louisiana. I consider myself as both an environmental scholar and a practitioner.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
  • 2015–2018
    Assistant Professor, Auburn University at Montgomery
  • 2013–2014
    Coastal Resources Scientist, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority


  • 2012 
    Louisiana State University, Ph.D in Geography
  • 2009 
    University of Wyoming, Master of Planning


  • 2019
    Disasters, Assessing community vulnerability to floods and hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast
  • 2019
    Environmental Research Letters, Predicting support for flood mitigation based on flood insurance purchase behavior
  • 2018
    Journal of Hydrology, Flood hazards and perceptions-a comparative study in two cities of Alabama
  • 2018
    Annals of American Association of Geographers, Examining the effects of objective hurricane risks and community resilience on risk perceptions of hurricanes at the county level in the US Gulf Coast: an innovative approach
  • 2017
    China’s Urbanization and Socioeconomic Impact, Understanding Chinese environmental risk perceptions from 1995 - 2015
  • 2017
    Water Research , A sequential model to link contextual risk, perception and public support for flood adaptation policy
  • 2017
    International Journal of Climatology, Understanding perceptions of changing hurricane strength along the U.S. Gulf Coast
  • 2017
    Water Research, Understanding the effects of past flood events, perceived and estimated flood risks on individuals' voluntary flood insurance purchase behaviors
  • 2017
    Environmental Politics, Weather, climate, politics, or God? – determinants of American public opinions toward global warming
  • 2016
    Social Science Quarterly, Science, scientists, and local weather: understanding mass attitudes toward global warming
  • 2016
    Risk Analysis, Seeing is believing? - An examination of perceptions of local weather conditions and climate change among residents in the U.S. Gulf Coast
  • 2016
    Journal of Risk Research, Are actual weather and perceived weather the same?
  • 2014
    Weather, Climate, and Society, Weather, climate, and the economy: explaining risk perceptions of global warming, 2001-2010

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Early-Career Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Geographers
  • American Geophysical Union


National Academies of Sciences Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellow