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Research Concentrations

Environmental Geography

  • Physical Geography, Geomorphology
  • Biogeography
  • Environmental Hazards and Disasters
  • Climatology
  • Water Resources, Hydrology, Water Policy 
  • Sustainability
  • Community Resilience

Geography Education

  • K-12
  • Spatial learning
  • Education policies
  • Powerful Geography: Teaching and Learning


  • Remote Sensing, Cartography and Geovisualization, GIS, Web
  • Spatial Analysis, Spatial Statistics
  • Spatial Humanities
  • Land Use/Land Cover Change




  • Across disciplines
  • Across universities, national and international

Human Geography

  • Political,
  • Migration
  • Mexico
    Central America

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Environment, Climate, Hazards, Physical Geography, Geology

  • R. Denise Blanchard, Ph.D., Colorado at Boulder, 1992, Professor — natural and environmental hazards, economic geography, environmental studies, research methods, historical geography
  • Rebecca Davio, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001, Associate Professor of Practice and Internship Coordinator — applied research in data-driven decision making across a variety of topics, policy analysis, and recycling and sustainability
  • Richard W. Dixon, Ph.D., Texas A&M, 1996, Professor — climatology, meteorology, oceanography, hazards, quantitative methods, environmental
  • Ronald Hagelman, III, Ph.D., Texas State, 2001, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator — environmental, hazards and disaster, historical, land management and conservation, urban environment/agriculture
  • Jason Julian, Ph.D., North Carolina, 2007, Professor — water resources, parks & protected places, land use change, ecosystem services
  • Samantha Krause, Ph.D., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 2018, Assistant Professor — soil and water geochemistry, tropical wetlands, long term paleoenvironmental change
  • Yanan (Nancy) Li, Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015, Assistant Professor — glacial geomorphology, paleoenvironment reconstruction, natural processes in climate change
  • Robert Mace, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1998, Professor of Practice — water policy and science, water resources and conservation, groundwater sustainability and modeling, climate change and water
  • Kimberly Meitzen, Ph.D., South Carolina, 2011, Associate Professor — fluvial processes, geomorphology, river basin management, biogeography
  • Benjamin Prince, Ph.D., Environmental Geography, Texas State University, 2016, Senior Lecturer — community and regional planning, environmental geography, agriculture-ecological systems
    Thomas Ptak, Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon, 2016, Assistant Professor — energy transitions & society, climate change & sustainability, water resources & hydropower, borders
  • John P. Tiefenbacher, Ph.D., Rutgers, 1992, Professor — global warming, climate change, spatial change, environmental problems, geography of wine, air quality, dissonance, circus clowns
  • Christi Townsend, Ph.D., Texas State, 2012, Senior Lecturer — environmental geography, geomorphology, natural hazards, the geography of agriculture and viticulture, research methods


  • Edwin Chow, Ph.D., South Carolina, 2005, Professor — geocomputation, human dynamics, hazards, environmental modeling
  • Nathan Currit, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State, 2003, Associate Professor and Director, Texas Center for Geographic Information Science — uncertainty and change in human-environment systems, remote sensing and land-cover change
  • Alberto Giordano, Ph.D., Syracuse, 1999, Professor — historical GIS, holocaust and genocide geography, policy applications of GIScience, spatial applications of forensic anthropology
  • Su Han, Ph.D., San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016, Assistant Professor — spatial data science, social media analytics, health GIS, web-based GIS, GIS-based decision support system, cybergis, cartography, geovisaulization, geovisual analytics, and neighborhood dynamics
  • Jennifer Jensen, Ph.D., Idaho, 2009, Professor and Associate Chair — remote sensing; vegetation mapping and monitoring; habitat modeling; landscape ecology; natural resource management; land cover land use change; lidar
  • Yongmei Lu, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo, 2001, Professor and Chair — GIScience, urban and regional analysis, health and medical geography, crime geography
  • Yihong Yuan, Ph.D., California at Santa Barbara, 2013, Assistant Professor — GIScience, spatio-temporal data mining, GIScience programming
  • F. Benjamin Zhan, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo, 1994, Professor — GIScience, health and the environment, transportation and network science

Geographic Education

  • Richard G. Boehm, Ph.D., Texas at Austin, 1975, Professor and Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair of Geographic Education
  • Injeong Jo, Ph.D., Texas A&M, 2011, Associate Professor & Learning Outcomes Coordinator — geography and spatial thinking education, geography and social studies teacher preparation, geospatial technologies for education, assessment in geography
  • Osvaldo Muniz, Ph.D., Tennessee, 1991, Professor — population flows, geographical mobility, regional networks, learning strategies in geography education
  • Michael Solem, Ph.D., Colorado at Boulder, 1999, Professor and Co-Director, National Center for Research in Geography Education — K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment, spatial thinking and learning, powerful geography, geospatial technology, higher education, broadening participation, and workforce development

Human Geography

  • Sarah Blue, Ph.D. UCLA, 2004, Associate Professor — political geography, urban studies, economic geography, migration
  • Brian Cooper, Ph.D., Texas State, 2012, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Coordinator — world regional geography, sub-saharan Africa
  • Jennifer Devine, Ph.D., California at Berkeley, 2013, Associate Professor — human-environmental relations, latin american - US politics, critical social theory
  • Colleen C. Myles, Ph.D., California at Davis, 2012, Associate Professor — human-environment interactions, cultural and political ecology, qualitative methods
  • Rosalie Ray, Ph.D., Urban Planning, Columbia University, 2020, Assistant Professor — sustainable transportation, transit governance, multi-scalar planning, and just transitions
  • Eric Sarmiento, Ph.D., Rutgers. 2015, Associate Professor — urban development, cultural geography, political ecology, economic geography, social theory, critical geographies of race and ethnicity