Geomatics expert with the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory
Geomatics integrates geospatial science and technology disciplines such as photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS, GNSS, and geodesy. These are fundamental tools for Volcano Science Center monitoring and research projects.
I specialize in quantitative fluvial geomorphology, which uses geomatics, field instrumentation, and sampling to study sediment transport in disturbed volcanic systems. My current research focus is developing innovative uses of camera systems, including high-precision photogrammetric models of vegetated river channels and a suspended-sediment surrogate based on close-range multispectral ‘SedCam’ imagery.
As the Volcano Hazards Program Lidar Coordinator, I leverage local and national partnerships to acquire topographic data needed for volcano hazard modeling, mapping, and eruption forecasting efforts.
Lidar Coordinator, USGS Volcano Hazards Program, 2020–present
Geologist, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 2017–present
Owner, JBC Geomatics, 2019–2023
Adjunct Professor, Portland State University Geography, 2014–2019
Hydrologic Technician, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 2009–2017
Education and Certifications
FAA UAS Remote Pilot Certificate, 2019–present
GIS Professional (GISP) Certification, since 2013–present
Graduate Certificate, GIS, Portland State University Geography, 2012
B.S. Earth Science, Portland State University Geology, 2011