I am a research scientist with the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University. At GSI we work as an interdisciplinary team to address the world's most intractable problems, enhancing the prospects for a secure, prosperous, and sustainable future. I embrace a complex systems perspective to address wicked problems - problems that typically stem from the conflict between individual desires and social goals, exhibit nonlinear or unpredictable responses to policy intervention, and are exacerbated by the increasing human connectivity that comes with globalization and technology. Furthermore, I work closely with decision makers outside of academia to better understand the most pressing social issues of our times and to offer tools and insights that may lead to improved outcomes. My focal units of research are urban systems - their social, economic, and ecological dynamics. Prior to PhD work in theoretical ecology and evolutionary economics, I earned a B.S. in finance and worked for several years in international finance and accounting.