In my research in the Trugman Lab at UCSB's Geography Department, I seek to explore the ways in which changing climatic baselines, evolving land use patterns, and altered disturbance regimes affect landscape resilience in complex coupled human-natural systems.
I'm interested in different conceptions of the environment, specifically the tensions between environmental policy and Indigenous geographies. I also research how social movements assert land rights and environmental justice.
My work focuses on characterization of marine sinking particles and their role in biogeochemical cycles using a variety of tools including the marine snow catcher. Advisors: Uta Passow and David Siegel.
I study of the interaction between people and their environments, and analyze the spatial characteristics of all manner of cultural, economic, political, and physical processes and their relationships.
My research is focused on understanding human mobility patterns, travel behavior, and urban dynamics using spatiotemporal analytics, statistical models, discrete choice modeling, and machine learning techniques.
William's interests encompass the use of remotely sensed climate data (precipitation and evapotranspiration) to monitor crop-water demands and drought-related food insecurity in rainfed agricultural areas, particularly in eastern and southern Africa.
My research is on climate accountability, in which I bring together climate attribution research (specifically regarding drought), vulnerability assessments, and carbon accounting, all within the research program of climate justice.
I analyze observational weather data to supplement the climatology of fire weather in coastal Santa Barbara, and run wildfire models to 1) determine how well they can simulate past influential fires and 2) identify regions at high wildfire risk.