Charlie Curtin is a master’s student pursuing a degree in environmental data science at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. He received his bachelor’s degree in GeoDesign and environmental studies from the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, where he applied his love of data to research topics ranging from regional transportation planning to underwater cultural resource management.
During his senior year, he worked with the USC Urban Trees Initiative, providing data-driven solutions to the City of Los Angeles to mitigate inequitable urban canopy cover in East Los Angeles. With a newly-stoked interest in forestry, he went on to spend a year working as a GrizzlyCorps Fellow in rural Trinity County, California on community wildfire protection, ecological forestry, and public land management.
Ever the restless but enthusiastic student, he intends to strengthen his foundation in machine learning, GIS, and programming to extract meaningful data-based insights into whatever complex environmental problem jumps out at him next, whether it be wildfire modeling and mitigation or building sustainable food systems.