Chapter Author, World Development Report 2010
I am a geographer at the World Bank, where I have worked in the Development Research Group and the Agriculture and Rural Development Department. My work focuses on climate risk management, modeling, and financing (such as weather-based insurance and catastrophe contingency planning), natural resource management, and analytical support to operations with a focus on spatial analysis, geographic information systems and remote sensing. Before that, I researched Earth system science, remote sensing-based terrestrial ecosystem mapping, atmosphere-biosphere interactions, and geo-statistical computing. I have a PhD in Geo-Information Science from Boston University, and undergraduate degrees in Physical Geography and Agricultural Sciences from the Free University and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. I am an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University, Virginia.