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dane atkins

Dr. Dane Atkins

Lecturer
Texas State University, Ph.D., Geography, 2022
Office: ELA 358
Phone: 512.245.4962
Email: dma122@txstate.edu
Research Interests: Human-Environmental Relations, Transportation, Urban Growth

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Dr. Sarah Blue

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
Research Interests:  Political Geography, Urban Studies, Economic Geography, Migration



 

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Dr. Edwin Chow

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of South Carolina, 2005
Research Interests:  Geocomputation, Human Dynamics, Hazards, Environmental Modeling

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Dr. Nathan Currit

Associate Professor & DirectorTexas Center for Geographic Information Science
Ph.D., Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Research Interests:  Uncertainty and Change in Human-Environment Systems, Remote Sensing and Land-Cover Change

 

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Dr. Jennifer Devine

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013
Research Interests: Human-Environmental Relations, Latin American - US Politics, Critical Social Theory

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Dr. Alberto Giordano

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Syracuse University, 1999
Research Interests: Historical GIS, Holocaust and Genocide Geography, Policy Applications of GIScience, Spatial Applications of Forensic Anthropology
 

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Dr. Su Y Han  

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
Research Interests:  Spatial data science, social media analytics, health gis, web-based gis, gis-based decision support system, cybergis, cartography, geovisaulization, geovisual analytics, and neighborhood dynamics

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Dr. Injeong Jo

Associate Professor & Learning Outcomes Coordinator
Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 2011
Research Interests: Geography and Spatial Thinking Education, Geography and Social Studies Teacher Preparation, Geospatial Technologies for Education, Assessment in Geography

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Dr. Samantha Krause

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 2018
Research Interests: Soil and Water Geochemistry, Tropical Wetlands, Long Term Paleoenvironmental change

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Dr. Yongmei Lu

Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Geography, SUNY Buffalo, 2001
Research Interests:  GIScience, Urban and Regional Analysis, Health and Medical Geography, Crime Geography
 

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Dr. Kimberly Meitzen

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of South Carolina, 2011
Research Interests: Fluvial Processes and Geomorphology, River Basin Management, Biogeography

 

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Dr. Soe Myint

Meadows Endowed Chair
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2001
Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Geospatial Technology, Environmental Issues, Water Use and Management, Landscape Ecology, Ecosystem Services

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Dr. Benjamin Prince

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Environmental Geography, Texas State University 2016
Research Interests:  Community and Regional Planning, Environmental Geography, Agriculture-Ecological Systems

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Dr. Brandon Radoman-Shaw

Lecturer
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 2019
Research Interests: Geochemistry, Planetary Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Meteoritics

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Dr. Eric Sarmiento

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2015
Research Interests: Urban Development, Cultural Geography, Political Ecology, Economic Geography, Social Theory, Critical Geographies of Race and Ethnicity

 

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Dr. John Tiefenbacher

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers University, 1992
Research Interests: Global Warming, Climate Change, Spatial Change, Environmental Problems, Geography of Wine, Air Quality, Dissonance, Circus Clowns
 

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Dr. Shelly Wernette

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Geological Science, University of California - Riverside, 2020
Research Interests: Paleontology and Application of Fossils for Resolving Geological Time, Ancient Environments, and Paleogeography

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Dr. F. Benjamin Zhan

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, SUNY Buffalo, 1994
Research Interests: Health/Medical Geography; Geographic Information Science; Spatial Data Science; Earthquake Hazards Reduction; Transportation; China

denise blachard

Dr. Denise Blanchard

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1992
Research Interests:  Natural and Environmental Hazards, Economic Geography, Environmental Studies, Research Methods, Historical Geography
 

richard boehm

Dr. Richard Boehm

Director, The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
Co-Director, National Center for Research in Geography Education
Professor and Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair in Geographic Education
Ph.D., Geography, The University of Texas at Austin, 1975
Research Interests:  Geographic Education, Economic Geography, Applied Geography

brian cooper

Dr. Brian Cooper

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator
Ph.D., Geography, Texas State University, 2012
Research Interests: World Regional Geography, Sub-Saharan Africa
 

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Dr. Rebecca Davio

Associate Professor of Practice & Internship Coordinator
DirectorInstitute for Government Innovation
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Research Interests:  Applied Research In Data-Driven Decision Making Across A Variety Of Topics, Policy Analysis, Recycling And Sustainability

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Dr. Richard Dixon

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 1996
Research Interests: Climatology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Environmental Geography, Quantitative Methods

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Dr. Ron Hagelman

Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Ph.D., Environmental Geography, Texas State University, 2002
Research Interests: Environmental Geography, Hazards and Disasters, Historical Geography, Land Management and Conservation, Urban Environment / Agriculture

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Dr. Jennifer Jensen

Professor & Associate Chair
Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of Idaho, 2009
Research Interests: Remote Sensing; Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring; Habitat Modeling; Landscape Ecology; Natural Resource Management; Land Cover Land Use Change; Lidar
 

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Dr. Jason Julian

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina, 2007
Research Interests: Water Resources, Parks & Protected Places, Land Use Change, Ecosystem Services
 

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Dr. Yanan (Nancy) Li

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015
Research Interests: Glacial Geomorphology, Paleoenvironment reconstruction, Natural Processes in Climate Change

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Dr. Robert Mace

Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
Research Interests: Water Policy and Science, Water Resources and Conservation, Groundwater Sustainability and Modeling, Climate Change and Water

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Dr. Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari

Professor
Associate Director, Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
Honorary Professor of International Studies

Ph.D., Geography, University of Tennessee, 1991
Research Interests: Population Flows, Geographical Mobility, Regional Networks, Learning Strategies in Geography Education

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Dr. Colleen C. Myles

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Davis, 2012
Research Interests: Human-environment Interactions, Cultural and Political Ecology, Qualitative Methods

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Dr. Thomas Ptak

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon, 2016
Research Interests:  Energy Transitions & Society, Climate Change & Sustainability, Water Resources & Hydropower, Borders

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Dr. Rosalie Ray

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Urban Planning, Columbia University, 2020
Research Interests: Sustainable Transportation, Transit Governance, Multi-scalar Planning, and Just Transitions
 

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Dr. Michael Solem

Professor, Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
Co-Director, National Center for Research in Geography Education
Research Interests: K-12 curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Spatial Thinking and Learning, Powerful Geography, Geospatial Technology, Higher Education, Broadening Participation, and Workforce Development

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Dr. Christi Townsend

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Environmental Geography, Texas State University, 2012
Research Interests: Environmental Geography, Geomorphology, Natural Hazards, The Geography of Agriculture and Viticulture, Research Methods

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Dr. Yihong Yuan

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
Research Interests: GIScience, Spatio-Temporal Data Mining, Big Geo-Data Analytics, Human Mobility Modeling, Urban Computing

 

Associated Faculty

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Lecturer 
J.D., Univ. Texas-Austin 1996, M.S. Univ-Wisconsin 1993
Office:   ELA 374
Phone:  512.636.4036
Email:   l_c337@txstate.edu
Vita      HB2504 website information

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Mr. Neil Kucera

Lecturer
MAG, Geography, Southwest Texas State University, 2001
Office: ELA 362
Phone: 512.245.3440
Email: kucera@txstate.edu
Vita    HB2504 website information

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Dr. Jo Beth Oestreich

Senior Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D., C&I, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002
Office: ELA 355
Phone: 512.245.7976
Email: jo15@txstate.edu
Vita     HB2504 website information

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Dr. Andrew Sansom

Professor of Practice
Executive Director, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Ph.D., Texas State University, Geographic Education, 2013
 

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Steve Shannon

Lecturer
Office: ELA 374
Phone: 512.2457809
Email:  bhb@txstate.edu
Vita  HB2504 website information

 

 

 

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Dr. Nathaniel Dede-Bamfo

Lecturer
Ph.D., Geographic Information Science, Texas State University, 2014
Office:   ELA 374
Phone:  512.245.7809
Email:  nd1115@txstate.edu
Vita      HB2504 website information

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Dr. Christina Lopez

Lecturer
Ph.D., Geography, Texas State University, 2021
Office: Spring Lake Hall 207
Phone: 512.245.2170
Email: cwr41@txstate.edu
Vita  HB2504 website information
 

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Shelley Plante

Lecturer
MAG, Geography, Texas State University, 2007
Office:  ELA 362
Phone: 512.245.7976
Email:  ss1331@txstate.edu
Vita     HB2504 website information
 

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Dr. Benjamin Schwartz

Associate Professor, Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Tech University, Geosciences, 2007
Office: FAB
Phone: 512-245-7608
E-mail: bs37@txstate.edu

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Dr. Mona Wells

Climate Science Director, Meadows Center
Phone: 512.245.1577
Email:  mwells@txstate.edu
Vita HB2504 website information

Retired Faculty

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Texas State University System Regents' Professor Emeritus, and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
D.A., Northern Colorado, 1975
Research Interests: Conservation, Latin America, geographic education, Middle East

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Dr. David R. Butler

Texas State University System Regents' Professor Emeritus, and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas, 1982
Research Interests: Zoogeomorphology, Dendrogeomorphology, Mountain Geomorphology, Mountain Biogeography, Mountain Environments and Environmental Change, Geomorphology in the Anthropocene, History and Philosophy of Geography, Glacier National Park (Montana)

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Dr. Fred Day

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, The Ohio State University, 1982
Research Interests: Population, Economic Development East and Southeast Asia
 

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Dr. Richard Earl

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, Arizona State University, 1983
Research Interests: Physical Geography, Water Resources, Environmental Change and Management, Field Methods
 

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Dr. Bob Larsen

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interests: Urban and Regional Planning, Solid Waste Management

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Dr. James Petersen

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Utah, 1981
Research Interests:  Geographic Education, Geomorphology, Applied Physical Geography

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Dr. David Stea

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Stanford, 1964
Research Interests: Spatial Cognition, Environmental Perception, Sustainable Development

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Dr. Sent Visser

Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Ohio State University, 1979
Research Interests: Agricultural Geography, Economic Geography, Quantitative Methods

 

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Dr. Brock Brown

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma, 1992



 

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Mr. Mark Carter

Senior Lecturer
MAG Geography, Texas State University, 1994
Research Interests:  Quantitative Methods, Spatial Statistics, Land Use Planning Management and Conservation


 

 

 

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Dr. Rene DeHon

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Geology/Geochemistry, Texas Tech University, 1970
Office:  ELA 371
Phone:  512.245.7461

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Dr. Jim Kimmel

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
Research Interests: Interpretive Environmental Geography, Nature and Heritage Tourism, River Studies, Southwestern Geography

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Dr. Susan Macey

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1982
Research Interests:  Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Hazards, Energy, Medical Geography, Behavioral Geography, Aging
 

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Dr. Andrew Sansom

Professor of Practice
Executive Director, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Ph.D., Texas State University, Geographic Education, 2013

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Dr. Phil Suckling

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of British Columbia, 1977
Research Interests: Climatology, natural hazards

 

Faculty in Memoriam

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Dr. Lawrence Estaville

Texas State University System Regents' Professor and Texas State University Distinguished Professor
DirectorTexas Atlas Project
Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma, 1984

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Dr. Allen Hellman

Professor & Chair, Southwest Texas State University
Ph.D., Geography, University of Michigan, 1962

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Dr. Ron Eyton

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Illinois, 1974
Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Computer Cartography, Quantitative Methods
 

Dr. Don Huebner

don huebner

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 2002
Research Interests:  Environmental Geography, Coastal Hazards, Historical Ecology, Geomorphology, Texas and American Southwest, Human Perception of Risk