I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Architecture & Design Research using Geodesign methodology to explore configurations of coastal buffer design that will enhance the flood resilience of coastal cities. Measuring trees in Virginia Beach, VA using software tools from i-Tree, my research seeks to understand how communities can actively manage their land to enhance flood resilience in the collective retreat from rising seas and flood waters.
My teaching and research appointments have varied during my time at Virginia Tech. I have been involved with courses in the Landscape Architecture Program and in the Transformative Graduate Experience offered by the Graduate School. Since Fall 2019 I have been working with Prof. Brian Katen, Prof. Terry Cements, and Prof. C.L. Bohannon, Ph.D., on a project for the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service studying pre-Civil Rights African American Recreation in order to nominate sites for National Landmark Status. I am also a teaching assistant for Prof. Homero Murzi, Ph.D., in the Contemporary Pedagogy course offered by the Graduate School.
I am serving as the Past-Chair of the Departmental Advisory Board for the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University. Prior to acceptance at Virginia Tech, I held a sales position at Green Oak Garden Center, LLC in my hometown of Jackson, MS, where I practiced landscape design for private residential and commercial clients.
I live in Christiansburg, VA with my two daughters, Lilah and Zoe, and our pets: an elder Beta Fish named Big Buddy and a orange and white bobtail cat named Blanket. I enjoy cycling on the Huckleberry Trail, gardening, and DIY projects.
- Ph.D. student, Current. Architecture and Design Research, Landscape Architecture Program, Virginia Tech.
- MLA, 2015. Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University.
- BFA, 2009. Fine Art (Sculpture Emphasis), Mississippi State University.