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Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Alabama

I am a geographer who studies the relationship between nature and society at various geographic scales and its policy implications. Specific research and teaching interests include human dimension of climate change, environmental risk perceptions, environmental policy/planning, community resilience to natural hazards, and social response to hydrological hazards. My current research can be generalized as: understanding environmental decision making in a geographic context. My scholarly work has appeared in the Annals of American Association of Geographers, Environmental Research Letters, Climatic Change, Climate Policy, Geographic Review, Weather, Climate, and Society, Journal of Risk Research, Risk Analysis, International Journal of Climatology, Social Science Quarterly, Disasters, Environmental Politics, Journal of Hydrology, Social Science & Medicine, Scientific Reports, Science of the Total Environment, 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.

Experience

  • 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

Education

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

Publications

  • 2020
    Climatic Change, Comparing public perceptions of sea level rise with scientific projections across five states of the U.S. Gulf Coast region
  • 2020
    Climate Policy, Polycentric governance with a focus on non-financial capital can enable incremental adaptation in disadvantaged communities
  • 2020
    Geographic Review, Understanding evangelical protestant identity, religiosity, extreme weather, and American public perceptions of global warming, 2006-2016
  • 2020
    Scientific Reports, A Place-based assessment of flash flood hazard and vulnerability in the contiguous United States
  • 2020
    Science of the Total Environment, Retrospective and prospective evaluations of drought and flood
  • 2020
    Social Science & Medicine, Confidence in political leaders can slant risk perceptions of COVID–19 in a highly polarized environment
  • 2019
    International Journal Of Environmental Health Research , A spatial epidemiology case study of mentally unhealthy days (MUDs): air pollution, community resilience, and sunlight perspectives
  • 2019
    Palgrave Communications , Spatiotemporal patterns of US drought awareness
  • 2019
    Climatic Change, Approval of political leaders can slant evaluation of political issues: Evidence from public concern for climate change in the U.S.
  • 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
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Geographers
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society for Risk Analysis

Honours

National Science Foundation Enabling Next Generation Hazards Fellow; National Academies of Sciences Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellow