The faculty of the Geography Department at the University of Alabama conduct research in a wide range of areas. Below are the research groups in our department, along with members of the groups and areas they work in.

Physical Geography

  • 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
    • Johanna Engstrom GIS; water management; hydroclimatology; climate services; renewable energy
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 transportation planning; environmental impact assessment; ecotourism; resource conservation; international development
  • Transportation
    • Seth Appiah-Opoku transportation planning; environmental impact assessment; ecotourism; resource conservation; 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
    • Johanna Engstrom GIS; water management; hydroclimatology; climate services; renewable energy
    • 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

  • 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
    • Johanna Engstrom GIS; water management; hydroclimatology; climate services; renewable energy
    • 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

    • 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
    • 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