I am a Professor of Geography at San Diego State University. My research focuses on better envisioning, understanding, and planning of complex human-environment systems (CHES). Complexity theory, landscape ecology, geographic information science, and related domain knowledge (e.g., sociology, demography, and economics) leverage theoretical support toward my research and empirical problem-solving projects in CHES. My approach features a digital, computerized methodology, including geo-visualization and representation, space-time analysis, and micro-level modeling and simulation.
My work aims to integrate multidisciplinary (e.g., ecological, geomorphological, sociopolitical, demographic, economic), type-varying (e.g., qualitative and quantitative), and multi-scale (time, space, organizational) data and models. Recent projects have focused on 4-D (x, y, z, and time) agent-based models, modeling of human decisions, disaster-hazard (e.g., wildfire, invasive species) analysis, urban land change processes and mechanisms, reciprocal human-environment relationships under the coupled human and natural systems (CHANS) framework, environmental impact of human socioeconomics and behaviors under the telecoupling framework, and quantitative methods/metrics for landscape analysis and modeling.
June 2016: Awardee of an NSF Grant titled "ABM’17: The usefulness, uselessness, and impending tasks of agent-based models in social, human-environment, and life sciences" (as lead-PI).
May 2014: Awardee of the SDSU President's Leadership Fund in 2014, which is aimed at "building on excellence" in support of student success, research and creative endeavors, and community and communication.
January 2014: The 2013-14 Outstanding International Scholar Award at San Diego State University, which annually recognizes a distinguished faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the international arena.