Research

Our faculty conduct research across the fields of geography. You can learn about our individual interests in the faculty directory, or check out our research groups and areas of expertise below.

Physical Geography

Matthew Therrell

Biogeography

  • Michael K. Steinberg: cultural ecology, biogeography, endangered species, remote sensing, and forest cover changes
  • Matthew Therrell: biogeography, dendrochronology, paleoclimatology, environmental sustainability, water resources, southern Africa

Climatology

  • David Keellings: physical geography, climatology, quantitative methods, extreme events, medical geography
  • Jason C. Senkbeil: atmospheric hazards, applied climatology
  • Matthew Therrell: biogeography, dendrochronology, paleoclimatology, environmental sustainability, water resources, southern Africa

Geomorphology

  • Sagy Cohen: geographic information systems, numerical modeling, geomorphology, global hydrology, soil-landscape evolution
  • Lisa Davis: fluvial geomorphology, erosional and depositional geomorphology of rivers, paleoflood hydrology and flood science
  • Mary W. Pitts: natural hazards, environmental site assessments, water resources, watershed programs, water policy
  • Douglas J. Sherman: coastal and aeolian geomorphology, sediment transportation, natural hazards

Forest Ecology and Management

  • Justin Hart: applied forest ecology, silviculture, natural resources management, phytogeography

Human-Environment Interactions

Political Ecology

  • Seth Appiah-Opoku: environmental and transportation planning, urban and regional planning, biodiversity conservation, environmental risk assessment, natural resource conservation, indigenous ecological knowledge, ecotourism, international development
  • Matthew C. LaFevor: human-environment interactions, agriculture, watershed management, environmental history, Mexico, Caribbean
  • Nicholas R. Magliocca: human-environment interactions, traffiking, GIS, modeling, food-energy-water
  • Jared Margulies: political ecology, human-environment interactions, biodiversity conservation, illegal wildlife trade, political geography of the environment
  • Wanyun Shao: human dimensional climate change, environmental risk perceptions, community resilience to environmental hazards, environmental policy, natural hazards, social impacts of flooding

Planning

  • Seth Appiah-Opoku: environmental and transportation planning, urban and regional planning, biodiversity conservation, environmental risk assessment, natural resource conservation, indigenous ecological knowledge, ecotourism, international development

Transportation

  • Seth Appiah-Opoku: environmental and transportation planning, urban and regional planning, biodiversity conservation, environmental risk assessment, natural resource conservation, indigenous ecological knowledge, ecotourism, international development
  • Kevin M. Curtin: geographic information science, facilities location science, transportation, logistics, and network GIS, urban and environmental resource allocation, data modeling and database design
  • Nicholas R. Magliocca: human-environment interactions, traffiking, GIS, modeling, food-energy-water
  • Joe Weber: transport geography, national parks, urban geography, the American West

Geospatial Analysis

GIS

  • Sagy Cohen: geographic information systems, numerical modeling, geomorphology, global hydrology, soil-landscape evolution
  • Kevin M. Curtin: geographic information science, facilities location science, transportation, logistics, and network GIS, urban and environmental resource allocation, data modeling and database design
  • Nicholas R. Magliocca: human-environment interactions, traffiking, GIS, modeling, food-energy-water
  • Joe Weber: transport geography, national parks, urban geography, the American West

Remote Sensing

  • Luoheng Han: remote sensing of water quality, modeling nutrients dynamics using GIS, hyperspectral remote sensing, quality management of inland and coastal waters
  • Hongxing Liu: remote sensing; hyperspectral; LiDAR; radar; passive microwave, thermal, and altimetry; inland water quality remote sensing; lakes and rivers; satellite hydrography, watershed hydrologic modeling by assimilating multi-sensor remote sensing inputs, soil moisture, snow, and flood mapping, lake and river water level storage, riparian, coastal, and benthic habitat mapping
  • Michael K. Steinberg: cultural ecology, biogeography, endangered species, remote sensing and forest cover changes

Modeling

  • Sagy Cohen: geographic information systems, numerical modeling, geomorphology, global hydrology, soil-landscape evolution
  • Kevin M. Curtin: geographic information science, facilities location science, transportation, logistics, and network GIS, urban and environmental resource allocation, data modeling and database design
  • Luoheng Han: remote sensing of water quality, modeling nutrients dynamics using GIS, hyperspectral remote sensing, quality management of inland and coastal waters
  • Nicholas R. Magliocca: human-environment interactions, traffiking, GIS, modeling, food-energy-water

Water

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Water Science

  • Lisa Davis: fluvial geomorphology, erosional and depositional geomorphology of rivers, paleoflood hydrology and flood science
  • Luoheng Han: remote sensing of water quality; modeling nutrients dynamics using GIS; hyperspectral remote sensing; quality management of inland and coastal waters
  • Hongxing Liu: remote sensing, hyperspectral, LiDAR, radar, passive microwave, thermal, and altimetry, inland water quality remote sensing, lakes and rivers, satellite hydrography; watershed hydrologic modeling by assimilating multi-sensor remote sensing inputs; soil moisture, snow, and flood mapping; lake and river water level storage; riparian, coastal, and benthic habitat mapping
  • Matthew C. LaFevor: human-environment interactions, agriculture, watershed management, environmental history, Mexico, Caribbean
  • Nicholas R. Magliocca: human-environment interactions, traffiking, GIS, modeling, food-energy-water
  • Mary W. Pitts: natural hazards, environmental site assessments, water resources, watershed programs, water policy

Water Resources

  • Bennett Bearden: water policy and law; environmental law; water policy analysis; interfaces among science, policy, and law; water diplomacy; alternative dispute resolution; interstate and intrastate water disputes; transboundary water conflict; watershed management; food-energy-water nexus; governmental relations and strategies; international water law and policy; international environmental law, litigation, and mediation
  • Mary W. Pitts: natural hazards, environmental site assessments, water resources, watershed programs, water policy
  • Matthew Therrell: biogeography, dendrochronology, paleoclimatology, environmental sustainability, water resources, southern Africa

Human Geography

  • Seth Appiah-Opoku: environmental and transportation planning, urban and regional planning, biodiversity conservation, environmental risk assessment, natural resource conservation, indigenous ecological knowledge, ecotourism, international development
  • Matthew C. LaFevor: human-environment interactions, agriculture, watershed management, environmental history, Mexico, Caribbean
  • Nicholas R. Magliocca: human-environment interactions, traffiking, GIS, modeling, food-energy-water
  • Jared Margulies: political ecology, human-environment interactions, biodiversity conservation, illegal wildlife trade, political geography of the environment
  • Caroline McClure: geography education
  • Wanyun Shao: human dimensional climate change, environmental risk perceptions, community resilience to environmental hazards, environmental policy, natural hazards, social impacts of flooding