Chris is a native of Buffalo, NY and is currently living in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in Boone, NC. Here, he is an active member in the Appalachian State University community through research, teaching, mentoring, and various campus involvement. Chris received his PhD from the University of Buffalo in Geography, focusing on GIScience. He excelled as a NSF IGERT Fellow and as a Graduate Assistant for the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research Information Service (MCEERIS). As an undergraduate, Chris received a BA after double majoring in Biology and Psychology at Cornell University.
is interested in urban and environmental geography and
human-environment interactions, specifically using applications such as
GIS to identify spatial patterns. He also uses GIS as a tool for
social science research.
research interests include: the use of GIS in modeling issues such as
urban sprawl and changes in land patterns, water
quality, natural disasters, renewable energy resources, and energy
policy. Past social research has focused on issues such as crime
patterns, regional community policing, and access to land in
Chris also actively works to bridge local and academic interests,
working to bring knowledge about the surrounding environment and
environmental issues to the public. He has developed a community "Earth
Day Panel" on issues such as Mountain Top Removal, participated in
community awareness about the surrounding development on the pristine
Blue Ridge Parkway, and works with local governmental and interest groups.