Welcome

As a geographic educator at the Community College level for eight years, I am responsible for relating the subject matter of both physical and human geography to current social, economic, scientific, and political issues. By enrolling in a geography class, students are in a unique position to increase their understanding of the world and to use that knowledge to benefit themselves and others. I bring a unique blend of environmental perspectives to a college earth science or ecology class. I am a native San Diegan and have spent three decades absorbing the local physical landscapes. I attended local high schools, universities and hold a BA in psychology and MA in geography from SDSU. All of the course work is done for a PhD in geography at Texas State University, dissertation in progress.

As a geographer, naturally, I love to travel, and have visited 20 or so countries. Sometimes I show landscape slides in my classes of these travels to enrich lectures.

I spent three years as the regional transportation planner in charge of public transit planning for all East County communities (e.g. Spring Valley. Lemon Grove, La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Alpine, etc.). In that capacity, I managed ten consultants and several staff at the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (now part of San Diego Association of Governments). In addition to that primary role, I also assisted with the environmental phase of the Mission Valley East Light Rail Extension and helped to prepare the final Environmental Impact Report for the same project (which had a $550 million dollar budget). Prior to my three year appointment at the Metro Transit Board, I worked for over two years as a transportation/urban planner for two private firms doing similar work, with emphasis on preparation of the circulation element (i.e. traffic impacts) of Environmental Impact Reports. Finally, I have two years of experience as an employee of the San Diego County Department of Public Works, Environmental Services Division. My primary job responsibilities included fieldwork related to mitigation monitoring (of stated environmental impacts) and reviewing Environmental Impact Reports and proposed mitigation measures for their compliance with CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act).

I hope to meet you in a geography or environmental science class soon!

Syllabi

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