Our group develops modeling and analytics in two focal research areas:


Sudden Oak Death landscapePests & Pathogens

We investigate the origins, transmission, and spatial pathways of infectious diseases in plants and animals and develop novel ways to map, track, and predict disease spread. Using these tools, we can identify and better manage the threats posed by pests and pathogens to plant and animal health, ecosystems, and livelihoods. Historically, our group has focused on modeling the spread of Sudden Oak Death, a devastating tree infection invading West Coast forests with significant ecological, cultural, and economic consequences. Our attention has also turned to modeling a wider variety of pests and pathogens in a simulation framework (called PoPPS, the Pest or Pathogen Spread Simulation) that can help stakeholders easily examine potential management options. 

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Smart Cities

Over half of the world’s population lives in urbanizing regions, and this number is expected to only grow. Ongoing population growth and accelerating development have transformed urban and rural landscapes worldwide, stressing production of food, clean water, and energy. We examine the patterns, processes, and consequences of urban growth using scenario-driven spatial modeling and visualization, as well as develop technologies that leverage big data to engage stakeholders in designing “smart and connected” communities. With these tools, we can inform decision makers as to emerging development challenges and identify alternative futures leading to more sustainable and resilient cities.

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