Chris has combined teaching experience, technical expertise in GIS, and theoretical background from his education to become a well-rounded researcher in geography and information technology. His primary goals are to provide innovative methodologies and technologies to geographical and geospatial problems in human and urban geographies of the past and present with a focus on three major sub-specialities:
1. Technical: Chris has collected over eight years of experience in geographic information systems (GIS) using ArcGIS and qGIS merged with various programming skills, especially in Python including a strong background in cartographic theory and visualization using ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. In addition to real-world experience using these techniques, he has taught various courses in secondary and higher education in both cartography and GIS.
2. Theoretical: Throughout his graduate education, he become proficient in theoretical applications of urban and human geography with publications focusing on the small, urban center of Umm Sayhoun in southern Jordan. Recently, borrowing from his undergraduate education in history, he extended his research to include urban analysis of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, also in southern Jordan.
3. Regional: Since 2007, he gained personal experience working within the Middle East and North Africa. In Jordan he have worked side-by-side with local professionals and leaders in various research and professional settings including consulting on best practices for localized, urban/cultural GIS management. Recently he taught Introduction to Middle East Studies (Spring 2015).
Introduction to Middle East Studies (Fall 2015)
Conservation of Natural Resources (Summer 2013 & 2014)
Human Geography (Summer 2012 & 2015)
GEOS Introduction to Cartography (Fall 2010 & Fall 2011)
GEOG 410V - Urban Geography: From the Classical to the Developing World (Fall 2012)
Geography of the Middle East & North Africa (Fall 2011 & Fall 2012)
Urban Geography (Spring 2012)
Ph.D., Environmental Dynamics, University of Arkansas
M.A., Geography, University of Arkansas
B.A., History & Political Science in Secondary Education, Arkansas Tech University
Chris has worked with CAST in various capacities since 2006 working in GIS/GPS, Cartography, web development, complex data management and visualization, Urban Planning, Secondary Education, Web Design & Development, Remote Sensing, and human geography. Previous research focus includes spatial analysis of nomadic settlements near Petra, Jordan working with the Petra Project and assessing the socio-spatial components of the ancient city of Petra through qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
In recent years, he expanded this focus to include programming and visualization techniques for online platforms such as:
- Developing a cross-searchable data management platform for the Plant Imagain Consortium (site deployed 2015)
- Currently develping a visualization and archival system for the Rohwer Reconstructed project underway at CAST. Initial site deployed 2015.
- Developed an online georeferencing/orthorectification system for Corona satellite imagery
- PHP development of NSF Supported: Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) – successfully deployed Oct. 2013
Chris completed his Ph.D. in 2017 in the Environmental Dynamics program at the University of Arkansas with funding initially provided by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and continued support from the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies.