Enjoying a hot coffee after completing the Great Ocean Walk in southern Australia.

Last year I published my first book which explores public memorialization and exhibition of naval history. Moreover, I am investigating the global phenomenon of decommissioned naval warships being turned into cultural destinations. This transformation, morphing a mobile platform of war into a stationary kid-friendly environment with a mission statement of protecting naval heritage, holds both practical and theoretical considerations. My work also focuses on the adaptive reuse of portions of former vessels to function in the role of memorialization.

When not teaching and researching I enjoy the outdoors, including fly-fishing, golfing, backpacking, and whitewater rafting. Over the past four years I hiked 800 miles of the Pacific Crest Trial, floating for 16 days of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, and recently completed the the Great Ocean Walk, a 100km walk in southern Australia.