PhD. in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis
of the great challenges of the twenty-first century is the sustainable
management and conservation of natural resources. We face threats
from pernicious terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, declining
fisheries, shrinking wetlands, decreasing forest areas that are becoming
increasingly fragmented, an ever expanding rural-urban interface that
creates a host of problems ranging from diseases associated with human-wildlife
interactions to increasing fire hazards, and pressures to make forests
more productive and more amenable to multiple uses.
College of Natural Resources and Environment hosts the Doctor of
Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in Geospatial and Environmental
Analysis. Geospatial research involves Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, and imagery
analysis. Environmental analysis in this program is broadly defined from rural/natural to urban/human environments. Many of our students focus on the complex
interactions among people, nonhuman biota, and environmental conditions.
This doctoral program combines cutting-edge training and research
in the theory and application of geospatial science with environmental
analysis to enhance research on a broad range of contemporary natural
resource and environmental issues.
Students in the GEA program find homes mainly in the department of Geography, but can be situated in the home departments of their adviser in the College of Natureal Resources and Environment (Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservaion, and Sustainable Biomaterials). Some students work with faculty in other colleges as well.
Potential Research Areas
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