People

     
Timothy D. Baird Associate Professor Human/environment interactions, East Africa, information and communication technologies, sustainability.
John Boyer Senior Instructor World regions, viticulture, geography of wine, agricultural geography, educational technology.
Anamaria Bukvic Assistant Professor Climate change impacts, adaptation, and disaster risk reduction; population displacement, resettlement, and relocation; coastal hazards and disasters, transdisciplinary research
James B. Campbell Professor Remote sensing, soils and geomorphology, quantitative methods.
David Carroll Instructor Meteorology, forecasting, severe weather.
Laurence W. Carstensen Jr. Professor GIS, cartography, wireless telecommunications modeling, unmanned vehicle navigation, GIS uncertainty, spatial decision-support in GIS.
Thomas W. Crawford (Tom) Professor and Department Chair Geographic Information Science & Systems, Coastal Geography, Human-Environment Interactions, Hazards, Geospatial Health Applications.
Andrew W. Ellis Associate Professor Meteorology, hydroclimatology, drought, climate change, water resources.
Luke Juran Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Human Ecology of Water,  WASH & HWTS,  Hazards & Disasters,  Reconstruction,  South Asia.
Lisa M. Kennedy Associate Professor Long-term environmental change, biogeography, vegetation dynamics, fire history and ecology, human-environment interactions, tropical America, Caribbean, Appalachians/US southeast. .
Korine N. Kolivras Associate Professor
Medical geography, climate and health, climatology.
Robert Oliver Associate Professor The Geography of the Modern City, Urban-Political Geography, Mega-Event Planning and Politics (Sport Development).
Thomas Pingel Associate Professor GIS, geovisualization, and geospatial programming.
Craig Ramseyer Assistant Professor Climate Modeling, Hydroclimatology, Tropical Climatology, Artificial neural network applications in the Atmospheric Sciences
Lynn M. Resler Associate Professor
Biogeography, alpine treeline, mountain environments, field methods, digital image analysis.
Santosh Rijal
Collegiate Assistant Professor 
Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Land condition disturbance, Ecosystem Services, Natural Resource Management.
Stewart Scales Instructor Cartography and Map Design, Appalachia, Virginia, Physical Geography, Pyrogeography & Fire Ecology
Yang Shao Associate Professor Remote sensing, GIS, land use and land cover change, watershed assessment and modeling.
Kenneth L. Stiles Instructor Intelligence Operations, Counterterrorism , Geospatial applications used in the Intelligence Community
Stephanie Zick Assistant Professor Tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, precipitation, numerical weather prediction, shape analysis

 

     
Maria Elisa Christie Director, Women and Gender in International Development, Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED)
Gender, Agriculture, and Development, Cultural and Political Ecology, Geography of Food, Cuisine, and Kitchenspace, Qualitative Research Methods, Participatory Mapping.
Randel L. Dymond Associate Professor
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Sustainable Land Development, Urban Stormwater Quality & Quantity, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Spatial Decision Support Systems, Watershed Management, Civil Infrastructure Systems, Land Use Change Impacts, and Visualization of Geospatial data.
Charles M. Good Emeritus Professor
Medical, Africa, Third World Development, Immigration.
Lawrence S. Grossman Emeritus Professor
Caribbean, development, political ecology, colonial environmental history.
Robert W. Morrill Emeritus Professor
Geographic education, North America, political.
Bonham C. Richardson Emeritus Professor
Historical, Caribbean, human ecology.
Joseph L. Scarpaci Emeritus Professor
Latin American Studies, International Development, Place Promotion, Heritage, International & social marketing.

 

     
Karen Bland kbland@vt.edu Administrative assistant.
Katherine Pritchard kpritcha@vt.edu
Instructional technical assistant for John Boyer.
Julie Burger jcburger@vt.edu Student Services Coordinator and Undergraduate Adviser.

 

 

 

  Name

Degree

Email 

Previous Institution

Advisor

Research Interests

Karla Boza Cabonell

M.S. 

karlabc@vt.edu

Manhattanville College

Luke Juran

Coffee, food systems, feminism, Latin America 

Ozzy Campos 

Ph.D.

aocampos@vt.edu

US Air Force Academy

Yang Shao

Remote sensing of conflict zones 

Sam Carani

M.S. 

scarani@vt.edu

Northern Illinois University

Thomas Pingel

Hazards, remote sensing, GEOINT, GIScience

Hudson Chase

M.S. 

hudson6@vt.edu

Radford University

Thomas Pingel

GEOINT, point cloud manipulation, geospatial ML

Peter Forister

M.S. 

phf25@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Lynn Resler

Local thunderstorms, biogeography 

Gretchen Goeke Dee

M.S. 

ggretch@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Lynn Resler

 

Jack Gonzales

M.S.

jgonzales@vt.edu

University of South Carolina

Thomas Pingel

Coastal hazards, geomorphology, photogrammetry, infrastructure, transportation

Ryley Harris

M.S.

rcharris@vt.edu

Radford University

Lisa Kennedy

Landscape dynamics, plant ecology, remote sensing, sUAS

David Jensen

Ph.D.

ajdavid6@vt.edu

North Carolina State University

Lynn Resler

Cryosphere, polar environments, remote sensing

Jen Kern

M.S. 

jmkern@vt.edu

Appalachian State University

Luke Juran and Lynn Resler

Mountain and water geography

Scott Klopfer

Ph.D.

sklopfer@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Lynn Resler

Landscape ecology, wildlife habitat, natural resources management

Colleen Lewis

M.S.

lewiscp19@vt.edu

James Madison University

Thomas Pingel

Archaeology, least cost path analysis, Inca civilization, Amazon Basin

Michael Marston

Ph.D. 

mlmarston@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Andrew Ellis

Hydroclimatology, preciptation intensity extremes

Molly McKnight

M.S. 

mxm@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Korine Kolivras

Medical geography, spatial data visualization, infectious diseases, computer science

Md Sariful Islam

Ph.D.

shariful@vt.edu

Kent State University

Tom Crawford 

Coastal hazards, remote sensing, food security, machine learning 

Allison Mitchell

M.S. 

malli98@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Anamaria Bukvic

Coastal geography, water resouces, disaster recovery/mitigation, floods

Lindsey Morrison

M.S. 

lpmorr13@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Stephanie Zick

Tropical cyclones, precipitation, flooding

Balaji Ramesh

M.S. 

balajiramesh@vt.edu

College of Engineering, Guindy

Korine Kolivras

Medical geography, epidemiology, remote sensing, data science 

Alexander Rosenman

M.S.

zaninatr@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Yang Shao

 

Diana Simpson

M.S.

dianaes4@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

   
Kyler Stanley M.S. stanleyk@vt.edu Michigan State University Lynn Resler Physical geography, Geodiversity, Geomorphology, Geovisualization

Josh Starner

M.S. 

starner@vt.edu

Virginia Tech

Bill Carstensen

Network analysis route optimization 

Zachary Van Tol M.S. zaccv97@vt.edu Virginia Tech Andrew Ellis Urban microclimates

Heng Wan

Ph.D.

heng@vt.edu

University of Connecticut

Yang Shao

Remote sensing, land use land cover change, hydrologic modeling

Eric West

M.S. 

ewest@vt.edu

Indiana University

Bill Carstensen

Movement/network analysis in GIS, recreation ecology, geography of cider and beer

Aaron Whittemore

M.S. 

awhitt19@vt.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill

Andrew Ellis

Water resources, drought, climate change, sustainability 

James Young

M.S.

jryoung3@vt.edu

Radford University

Thomas Pingel

Landslide detection algorithms

Holly Young

M.S. 

hollyyoung@vt.edu

University of Kentucky

Korine Kolivras

Hydrology, medical geography, infectious diseases, watershed epidemiology


 

Year Student Degree Advisor(s) Title of Thesis or Dissertation
2019 Elizabeth Weaver Ph.D. Kolivras Investigating the Valley Fever – Environment Relationship in the Western U.S.
2019 Damien Geffroy M.S.  Oliver A City of Projects: Grand Paris, The 2024 Summer Olympics, and the Jurisdictional Negotiation of Contemporary Paris
2019 Yong Huang M.S. Campbell VIrginia Urban Dynamics Study Using DMSP/OLS Nighttime Imagery
2019 Nathaniel Lawrence M.S. Resler and Saladyga Fire History of an Acidic Barrens Complex: A Methods Assessment of Fire Return Intervals
2019 Veronica Scott M.S. Juran and Ling Strontium in Drinking Water: Assessing Strontium as a Drinking Water Contaminant in Virginia Private Wells
2019 Megan Stevenson M.S. Kolivras The Effects of Land Cover Change on the Spatial Distribution of Lyme Disease in Northern Virginia since 2005
2019 Kelly Summers M.S. Baird Mobile Phones, Social Relations, and the Gatekeepers to Women's Empowerment in Maasai Households
2019 Yanshen Sun M.S. Carstensen Evaluating the Quality of Ground Surfaces Generated from Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) data
2019 Aaron Updike M.S.  Zick A Modeling Study of the Principal Rainband in Hurricane Matthew and the Influence of Remote Terrain on Hurricane Structure During its Intensification in the Southern Caribbean
2019 Helen White M.S.  Resler Biotic and Abiotic Factors of Picea rubens (Red Spruce) Seedling Regeneration in Disturbed Heathland Barrens of the Central Appalachians
         
2018 Sanam Aksha Ph.D. Juran and Resler Assessing Vulnerability and Multi-Hazard Risk in the Nepal Himalaya
2018 Allison LeBlanc Ph.D. Kennedy Lake Sediment-Based Reconstructions of Late-Holocene Lowland Environments on Dominican Republic and Barbuda, Northern Caribbean
2018 Shreejana Bhattaria M.S. Kolivras Understanding the Relationship between Land Use/Land Cover and Malaria in Nepal
2018 Timothy Greene M.S. Ellis The Impact of Synoptic Weather on the Ice Phenology of Maine Lakes, 1955-2005
2018 Jessica Kirkland M.S.  Zick Regional Differences in the Spatial Patterns of Precipitation Bands in Hurricanes Through Landfall along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coasts of the United States
2018 Callie Lambert M.S. Resler and Shao Spatio-Temporal Vegetation Change as Related to Terrain Factors at Two Glacier Forefronts, Glacier National Park, Montana
2018 Suzanna Lindeman M.S. Ellis Assessment of Model Forecast Temperature Bias During Cold-Air Damming in the Central Appalachian Mountains
2018 Erik Olson M.S.  Oliver Rescinding a Bid: Stockholm's Uncertain Relationship with the Olympic Games. 
2018 Breeanna Prince M.S. Juran Access to Water: Advancement of Multidimensional, Multiscalar, and Participatory Methods of Measurement in the Global South
2018 Kaitlyn Spangler M.S. Christie When He Comes Home, then He Can Decide: Male Out-Migration, the Feminization of Agriculture, and Integrated Pest Management in the Nepali Mid-Hills
2018 Logan Stevens M.S. Kolivras Future Lyme Disease Risk in the Southeastern United States Based on Projected Land Cover
2018 Ruoyu Zhang M.S.  Shao An Evaluation of a Data-Driven Approach to Regional Scale Surface Runoff Modelling
         
2017 David Fox  M.S. Baird Settlement Patterns and their Potential Implications for Livelihoods among Maasai Pastoralists in Northern Tanzania
2017 Taylor Meade M.S. Campbell Analyzing Spatial Locations of the Common Agricultural Policy’s Subsidy Areas in Romania with Landsat Imagery
2017 Julia Sherry M.S. Juran Perceptions of Water Services and Innovations to Improve Water Services in Tanzania
2017 Andy Skeen M.S. Shao Estimating Impervious Surface Cover in Flathead County, Montana
2017 Jessica Suggs M.S. Ellis Long-Term Changes in Synoptic-Scale Air Mass Persistence across the United States
         
2016 J.T. Bandzuh M.S. Juran and Kolivras Perceptions of Measures to Control Aedes Mosquitoes and Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Costa Rica
2016 Austin Cooner M.S.  Shao Detection of Urban Damage Using Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Algorithms: Revisiting the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
2016 Mario Garza M.S.  Resler Biophysical and Climate Analysis of the Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) Infestations in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, 1962-2014
2016 Michael Marston M.S. Ellis Analysis of Extreme Reversals in Seasonal and Annual Precipitation Anomalies across the United States, 1895-2014
2016 Camille Martineau M.S.  Oliver  Still Last on the List: Examining Patterns of Economic Distress in Appalachia 
2016 Amanda Michaels M.S. Resler Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem
2016 Trevor White M.S. Carstensen Dual-Doppler Derived Vorticity as a Predictor of Hail Size in Severe Thunderstorms
         
2015 Ashley Athey M.S. Ellis Verification of Satellite-Derived Precipitation Estimates over Complex Terrain: A Ground Truth Analysis for Nepal
2015 Leyang Feng M.S.  Shao Sensitivity Analysis of Hot/Cold Pixel Selection in SEBAL Model for ET Estimation
2015 Lauren Freelander M.S. Kolivras and Hill Socio-Demographic and Environmental Influences on the Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in North Carolina
2015 Leslie Harwood M.S. Carstensen Identifying Environments in which Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety Application Alerts were Affected by the Surrounding Topography
2015 Bailey Kyle M.S.  Oliver  The Road to Rio: Infrastructure, Image, New Media, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup
2015 Ashley Lewis M.S. Baird Human-Wildlife Conflict and Mobile Phone Use among Maasai Pastoralists near Tarangire National Park, Northern Tanzania
2015 Rachael Lubitz M.S. Kennedy A Late Holocene Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of a Coastal Lake in Northeastern Dominican Republic
2015 Daniel Moore M.S. Carstensen Zone-Based Multiple Regression Models to Visualize GPS Locations in a Network Camera Image
2015 Brandon Wheeler M.S.  Shao Evaluating Time-Series Smoothing Algorithms for Multi-Temporal Land Cover Classification
2015 Suwen Zhao M.S.  Shao and Campbell Simulating Urban Growth for Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area by Coupling SLEUTH Model and Population Projection
         
2014 David Kramar  Ph.D. Carstensen Evaluation, Assessment, and Determination of Risk to High Trophic Level Piscivores in the Mid-Atlantic: A Spatial and Comparative Case Study of Mercury in Virginia and New England Bald Eagle Populations
2014 Ayanda Masilela M.S. Kolivras Discerning Neighborhood Characteristics as Contributing Factors to Infant Mortality in Rural Northern Plains Communities
2014 Paul Miller M.S. Ellis The Utility of Total Lightning in Diagnosing Single-Cell Thunderstorm Severity in the Central Appalachian Mountains Region
2014 Jayashree Surendrababu M.S. Kolivras Modeling the Impact of Projected Land Cover on Lyme Disease Emergence
2014 Haitao Wang M.S. Kennedy and Shao Monitoring Vegetation Dynamics in Zhongwei, an Arid City of Northwest China