About Me

I am a person focused on big ideas, who loves thinking and serving people, causes, and institutions I care about. I am currently a graduate research student at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. I also write and visualize data.

Highlights of my CV are attached below, for more details reach out on social media.

| Education

University of Oxford

School of Geography & the Environment: 2017 - Present

MPhil in Environmental Change & Management

  • Foci in Corporate Governance, Natural History Museums, Marine Ecosystems Conservation & Management

Member - Worcester College

  • Chapel Sacristan, Chapel Committee MCR Rep, Woodroffe Society
  • MCR Computer Rep

University of South Carolina

Department of Geography / School of the Earth Ocean & Environment: 2013-2017

B.S. in Geography / Marine Science, Minor in Geophysics

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Major Concentration in Marine Policy & Coastal Resource Management / foci in Fisheries, Geological Oceanography, Environmental Processes & Management
  • Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Community Service, Research, and Professional & Civic Engagement

| Experience

SpringerNature

Reporter: Nov 2018

Worked with SpringerNature on assignment to cover the Better Science Through Better Data 2018 conference.

Congressional Research Service

Truman Fellow / GIS Analyst: Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

Research fellow in the Knowledge Services Group, working to deliver GIS analysis and map products for Congress.

NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Hollings Fellow / Geospatial Data Scientist: Jun 2016 - Jul 2016

Research fellow in marine GIS, working with sea level rise and 3D GIS.

McEntire Joint National Guard Base

GIS Technician: Feb 2015 - Aug 2015

Performed GIS, mapping and surveying duties under the base GIS coordinator.

Beitz and Daigh Geographics

GIS Intern: Sep 2013 - Jul 2014

Assisted in creating data and maps for clients in development & real estate.

| Research

Oxford School of Geography & The Environment

MPhil Research: Jun 2018 - Present

Graduate thesis research into cartography and the use of maps for policy by political leaders.

Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Lab: Oct 2017 - Present

team research into the intersection of social science, data and AI

University of South Carolina

USC Biogeography & National Park Service Magellan Scholar Research Grant: Apr 2016 - Apr 2017

Biogeography research in Congaree National Park using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

SC Geographic Alliance & National Geographic Education Magellan Mini-Grant: Apr 2015 - Dec 2016

Research on geographic education & spatial thinking.

USC Aquaponics Jan 2015 - Aug 2015

Collaborated with a team to construct an aquaponics system for sustainable farming, and designed mechanical solutions to improve the system’s biological efficiency.

USC Phytoplankton Ecology Research Lab Sep 2014 - Mar 2016

Undergraduate research assistant for phytoplankton food web modeling and ecological analysis.

USC Beach & Dune Processes Lab Magellan Apprentice Grant: Jun 2014 - May 2017

Developed statistical analyses for time series data to study instrumentation. Beach-dune system surveying.

Wet Lab Assistant Jun 2015 - May 2017

monitored and maintained invertebrate and coral tanks

| Volunteerism & Activities

Congaree National Park

2015 - 2017

Helped lead wilderness canoe tours, front desk and visitor engagement, environmental interpretation ranging from assisting with walks to becoming an owl mascot.

Marine Technology Society

2015 - 2017

Helped form a chapter and served as its first chair. Engaged students in building a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and helped organize campus activities.

Geography Club

2014 - 2017

Helped restart the geography club and served as co-president. Led efforts to engage the community in geographic education through historical geography field trips, campus outreach, and staffing the South Carolina GeoBee.

Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences

2014 - 2017

Education Outreach Coordinator, designing curricula and visiting schools across South Carolina. Taught all ages, from pre-K to senior. Adapted lessons on marine biology and taxonomy, and developed specialized lessons on climate change, aquaponics, and ichthyology (dissection). Led STEM tours for secondary students. Participated in river monitoring and clean-ups.

South Carolina Center for Children’s Books & Literacy

2014 - 2017

Children’s book reader with Cocky’s Reading Express. Visited all corners of the state. Creating maps & analysis to visualize community impact. Activism for children’s literacy.

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)

2013 - Present

Speaking about disabilities to community groups, fundraising and events volunteer. Counselor at the inclusive Summer PAALS camp, book reader with the Reading PAALS program at the public library. Co-Founded Cocky’s Canine PAALS, a UofSC student organization that aids PAALS with volunteers and fundraising.

Shandon College

2013 - 2017

Helped organize community volunteer outings, participated in a mission trip to Chicago.

| Teaching

University of Oxford Tutorial Training

2018 - 2019

Trained by the School of Geography and Environment in the Oxford tutorial method. Observed tutorials in geography, economics, & theology.

U101 Senior Peer Leader

2016 - 2016

Co-Instructor for a section of EDLP 520: The Teacher as Manager. Developed facilitation while teaching interactive methodologies, group leadership, problem solving, and involvement in the freshman experience. Assisted the U101 Office with recruitment and interviewing of teaching assistants.

U101 Peer Leader

2015 - 2015

Teaching Assistant for a Capstone Scholars section of U101: The Student in the University. Assisted in developing lesson plans, group facilitation, and student engagement outside the classroom. Mentored students and organized class field trips and projects, developing communication, facilitation and other soft skills.

South Carolina Outreach and Informal Educators Summit

2015 - 2017

Connected to my work in STEM outreach and Congaree NP, participated in SCOIES workshops and trainings to develop better teaching methods and engagement strategies.

| Awards

  • Information Is Beautiful Award - Rising Star
  • Rhodes Scholar (South Carolina & Worcester 2017)
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar (South Carolina 2016)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
  • Udall Honorable Mention
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Scholar
  • United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Scholar

| Certifications

  • United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Geospatial Intelligence Certification
  • National Geographic Certified Educator
  • Project Learning Tree Certified Facilitator

| Skills

  • GIS / Spatial Analysis
  • GEOINT
  • Remote Sensing
  • Cartography
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Facilitation
  • Data Analytics & Visualization
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
  • Teaching
  • Coding: Matlab (moderate), Python (basic), Palantir (basic), UNIX (basic), AWS (learning), R (learning)