My research work focuses on understanding the dynamics of coupled natural-human systems through a data-enabled approach. I utilize geospatial big data to examine the impact of increasing landscape spatial heterogeneity and connectivity on ecosystem function, particularly in urban areas. My publications discuss issues such as discovering novel environmental relations by mining big data, quantifying the impact of missing information on our ecological inference, and developing methods to integrate authoritative and non-authoritative data streams to study social-ecological systems.
The existing of three hubs in a subset of the commuting network of Chicago demonstrates a scaling law that dictates how resources are distributed under competition. My research focuses on contextualizing this phenomenon in different research areas such as studying the spread of infectious diseases. (Data credits: census.gov)