In 2010 I graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.S. in Earth Science and a minor in Geography. During my undergraduate education I prepared GIS/Remote Sensing posters for professional academic conferences, including the GSA (Geological Society of America), AGU (American Geophysical Union), and AEG (Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists). At the 2009 GSA annual meeting in Portland, OR I presented land-cover change detection research using decadal scale, sequential aerial photography gathered over a time span of 64 years. As a senior Earth Science student I was awarded a $5000 undergraduate research grant from the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium. This support allowed me to engage in a multi-temporal land-cover analysis of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon, utilizing Landsat TM imagery. Results of this study were presented in a poster at the 2010 AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco.
After completing my undergraduate degree I became employed as a full-time lead GIS Analyst at Western Oregon University for a fingerprint analysis research project funded by the National Institute of Justice. This project pursued a novel approach to fingerprint analysis, primarily due to the utilization of GIS software for millimeter-scale spatial analysis. Our project used spatial statistics to derive probabilistic models for predicting fingerprint uniqueness. I authored approximately 35 Python programs for the project, including a Monte Carlo simulation that resamples a database to calculate probabilities of false fingerprint matches. I gave a presentation on preliminary results of our research at the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012.