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I am a geographer with a broad background in geospatial science applications addressing human-environment interactions. Prior to coming to Massey in 2017 I was Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. While in Fiji my research focused on geospatial applications in public health, urban ecology, and disaster risk assessment in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). I maintain connections with USP as adjunct Senior Lecturer, and with postgraduate students in Fiji I am leading research investigating spatial accessibility to health facilities, developing spatial decision support systems for agroforestry interventions, and recording traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in fishing communities using Participatory GIS. From 1999-2010 I was Associate Director at the Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory at Utah State University where my research focused on large area remote-sensing based mapping for biodiversity conservation, and the effects of urban sprawl on water resources in arid urban environments.
Geospatial Science applications in urban planning, environmental management and public health. Geolinguistics. Urban and landscape ecology.
Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Human Geography (160400):
Pacific Peoples Environmental Knowledge (050210):
Studies In Human Society (160000):
Urban and Regional Planning (120500)
GIS, Geospatial Science, Urban Ecology, Pacific Islands
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