As a geographer, my interests lie at the intersection of people, society, and environment. This fruition can be traced back to childhood family camping trips throughout the American West with inquisitive parents and a desire to understand how the environment and people interact to create a society that is both shaped by and reflected by each other. My professional training began at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in Secondary Education (English and Geography) followed by a Masters degree in Geography from the University of North Dakota. I was an intern for the National Geographic Society, Education Division, contributing to teacher training programs and publications. I have taught English and Geography at the secondary and post-secondary levels in traditional and online formats. Professional and personal travel has included North America, China, and New Zealand, with related regional interests for these places. My current research interests at the University of Kansas include the intersection of human activity with physical systems such as agricultural irrigation economics and water boundaries; climate change with its implications for globalization and sustainability; hazard risks, assessments, and perceptions; human geography especially population as it impacts development; and geography education.