Education and Experience

Education

Ph.D., Natural Resource Policy

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, 2006

Dissertation: Exploring Complex Dynamics in Multi Agent-Based Intelligent Systems: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches Using the Multi Agent-Based Behavioral Environmental Landscape (MABEL) Model.

Advisor: Dr. Bryan C. Pijanowski

B.S./M.S., Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Agricultural Economics, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2000

Thesis: Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Pesticide Ban Policies in Greece, 1965-1995.

Advisor: Dr. Evangelos Papanagiotou

Experience

Government (current position)

County of Orange

  • GIS Analyst (2019-current), OC Survey Geospatial Services, Santa Ana, California, USA.
  • GIS Specialist (2018-2019), OC Survey Geospatial Services, Santa Ana, California, USA.

Research Experience

University of the Virgin Islands

  • Research Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Science (2010-2018). Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), College of Science and Mathematics, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

  • Senior Research Scientist (2006-2009). CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems, Davies Laboratory, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Purdue University

  • PRF Fellow (2005-2006). Purdue Research Foundation, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
  • Doctoral Research Assistant (2003-2005). Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

Michigan State University

  • Graduate Research Assistant (2001-2003). East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Teaching Experience

County of Orange

  • Certified GIS Instructor (2018). County of Orange, OC Survey Geospatial Services, Santa Ana, CA. Courses Taught:
    • Introduction to GIS for Orange County Employees: Provided, designed and taught four 5-day certified training programs for Orange County professional staff across county agencies, including John Wayne Airport, Child Services, Health Care Agency, County's Assessor's Office, Sheriff's Office,

University of the Virgin Islands

  • Assistant Professor, Marine and Environmental Sciences (2010-2018). College of Science and Mathematics, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Courses taught:
    • Introduction to Geographic Information Science (2013-2018, MES565, 5 credits, St. Thomas campus)
    • Human Dimensions in Natural Resource Management and Policy (2011-2012, MES565A, 3 credits, St. Thomas campus)
  • Assistant Professor, Computer and Computational Sciences (2010-2018). College of Science and Mathematics, St. Thomas and St. Croix, VI. Courses taught:
    • Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (2016-2018, CSC110, 3 credits, St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses)
    • Computer Science Seminars (2014-2018, CSC397, 398, 497, 498, 4 credits, St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses)
    • Scientific Computer Applications (2011-2018, CSC239, 2 credits, St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses)
    • Documentation and Technical Communication (2016, CSC363, 3 credits, St. Thomas campus)
    • Knowledge Engineering and Expert Systems (2015-2016, CSC430, 3 credits, St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses)
    • Mathematical Modeling (2011-2013, MAT352, 3 credits, St. Thomas Campus)

Administrative Experience

University of the Virgin Islands

  • Director, Institute for Geocomputational Analysis and Statistics, GeoCAS (2013 -2018), St. Thomas, VI
    • Managing ArcGIS organizational portal and ESRI licensing for the University of the Virgin Islands.
    • Maintained geospatial and geocomputational infrastructure, servers, and databases for the GeoCAS Institute and the University of the Virgin Islands.
    • Supervised and managed GeoCAS staff and researchers.
    • Provided certified GIS training to multiple territorial agencies and personnel.
    • Provided certified GIS training to faculty, staff and students at UVI.
    • Managed and maintained a comprehensive portfolio of research, educational, and training projects.
    • Hosted and organized geospatial and computational classrooms, training, and cutting-edge visualization facilities and equipment.
    • Provided poster design and large-format printing services.
  • Director, Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, CMES (2012-2013), St. Thomas, VI
    • Organizational management of the CMES Center.
    • Managed and maintained infrastructure, research vessel fleet and the Center's overall infrastructure.
    • Developed and maintained research, educational, and outreach portfolio of competitive projects for CMES.
    • Supervised and mentored CMES faculty and staff.

Related Professional Experience

  • GISP Certification, No. 51820 (2012-current). GIS Certification Institute. Acquired and maintaining official and formal professional certification as a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).
  • Climate Change Science Advisor (2016-2017). Office of the Governor of the US Virgin Islands. Served as a climate change science advisor for the Gorvenor of the US Virgin Islands.
  • Agricultural Economist (1999-2000). Hellenic Cotton Organization. European Union Controller for implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy framework in the cotton agricultural industry in Greece.
  • Spatial Information Analyst (1997-1999). Hellenic Air Force. 131 Flight Squadron/ 113 Battle Group: performed spatial analysis for the squadron's center of command (CoC) in the island of Lemnos, and Thessaloniki air bases in Greece.