Research

I am interested in a wide variety of research areas where Geographic Information Science (GISci) and spatial analysis can be used to solve environmental and ecological problems. Currently, I am actively engaged in a number of research areas - see below. For students interested in working with me please see current opportunities or contact me directly for more information.



Current Projects/Grants

Reshaping society and space: home-based self-employment and businesses (WORKANDHOME)
Collaborators: Darja Reuschke, Anahid Basiri
Funded by the ERC

Conflict and coexistance in the Scottish uplands: Quantifying the relative importance of human disturbance to wildife using red deer as a case study. More Info
PhD opporunity at FindAPhD on studying interactions between hill-walkers and red deer in the Scottish Uplands.
Collaborators: Justin Irvine, Phil Stephens


Current Research Students

Vanessa da Silva Brum Bastos, PhD Student (2nd supervisor, with Urska Demsar)
New methodological approaches for cross-scale integration of thermal remote sensing data with spatial-temporal movement data

Noor Saeed, PhD Student (with Zhiqiang Feng and Alan Marshall)
Evaluating cancer survival in Scotland in relation to proximity to health services

Valeria Toledo-Gallegos, PhD Student (2nd Supervisor, with Nick Hanley)
GIS based indexes as an alternative for Environmental Valuation Studies of UK Estuaries




Research Areas

Movement Ecology

Working with researchers from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in the USA, I am involved in reseach aimed at developing new methods and tools for studying movement of ecology of white-tailed deer in Oklahoma. Specifically, I primarily work on novel techniques for studying social behaviour using GPS telemetry data. These methods can then be used to understand various social behaviour phases in animal life cycles, relating to for example reproduction or the spread of disease.

Time Geography

Time Geography is a powerful framework for understanding and quantifying movement opportunities in space and time. I am interested in further developing quantitative approaches for using time geography with contemporary GIS applications. Specifically, I am interested in two main areas: 1) the development of a kinetic-based probabilistic time geographic model, and 2) applying time geographic theory to the analysis of wildlife movement data.

Map Comparison

I am working on various projects developing and applying methods for quantitative map comparison in order to study problems related to the comparison of two maps. The first main area of research is how to use map comparison as an evaluation tool in spatial modelling in order to generate spatially relevant assessmet of spatial models. I am also studying how quantitative map comparison can be used to investigate spatial processes in ecology. Currently, I am working with researchers from the Marine Mammal Resarch Unit at the University of St Andrews on comparing the distributions of grey and harbour seals.