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Geography Faculty


Tim Baird
Associate Professor
Human/environment Interactions, Human Ecology of East Africa, Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Indoor Geography / Building Ecology.
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.
David Carroll
Meteorology, forecasting, severe weather.
Thomas W. Crawford (Tom)
Professor and Department Chair
Geographic Information Science & Systems, Coastal Geography, Human-Environment Interactions, Hazards, Geospatial Health Applications.
Andrew W. Ellis
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Meteorology, hydroclimatology, drought, climate change, water resources.
Eranga Galappaththi
Assistant Professor
Climate change adaptation, resilience, & vulnerability, Social-ecological systems, Indigenous peoples & knowledge systems, Multi-level governance, Systematic literature reviews


Scarlett Jin
Post Doctoral Associate
Urban geography, GIS, spatial analysis, Sharing economy and shared mobility, Shrinking cities, Urban China   
Luke Juran
Associate Professor
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.
Junghwan Kim
Assistant Professor
Human mobility, Travel behavior, Environmental health, Geospatial data science and applications, Geospatial data privacy and ethics, Urban planning and policies.
Korine N. Kolivras
Health and medical geography, climate and health, environmental variability and disease emergence, public health applications of geospatial techniques.
Robert Oliver
Associate Professor
The Geography of the Modern City, Urban-Political Geography, Mega-Event Planning and Politics (Sport Development).
Craig Ramseyer
Assistant Professor
Climate Modeling, Hydroclimatology,
Tropical Climatology, Artificial neural network applications in the Atmospheric Sciences.
Lynn M. Resler
Professor and Associate Chair
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
Advanced 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.

Josh Starnes

Josh Starnes
Josh Starner
Geospatial Information Technology, Transportation Technilogy, Mapping and Cartography, Web Mapping.
Stephanie Zick
Assistant Professor
Tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, precipitation, numerical weather prediction, model forecast verification.
Kenneth L. Stiles
Intelligence Operations, Counterterrorism , Geospatial applications used in the Intelligence Community.

Dan Sui

Dan Sui
Dan Sui
Virginia Tech Senior Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer