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Programs : Doctoral : Dissertations


Phinn, Stuart. Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Techniques for Quantifying Landscape Structure in Disturbed and Restored Coastal Environments. (Chair: Dr. Doug Stow)


Brown, Christopher. A Watershed and Ecosystem Approach to Transboundary Wastewater Management in the Tijuana River Watershed. (Chair: Dr. Phil Pryde)

Wildes, Fred. Influence of Ecotourism on Conservation Policy for Sustainable Development: The Case of Costa Rica. (Chair: Dr. Ernst Griffin)

Ying, Long Gen. Modeling the Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of Chinese Economic Growth During the Recent Reform Period. (Chair: Dr. Art Getis)


McElroy, Stephen. In Situ Accretion and Urban Transformation on the Periphery: Social and Physical Changes in Villa El Salvador, 1971-1998. (Chair: Dr. Ernst Griffin)

Munroe, Scott. The Economic and Spatial Dynamics of U.S. Metropolitan Retailing: 1977-1997. (Chair: Dr. Art Getis)


Herman, Thomas. Images of Childhood, Images of Community: Children's Everyday Geographies in a Multi-ethnic Urban Neighborhood. (Chair: Dr. Stuart Aitken)

Lukinbeal, Christopher. "On Location" in San Diego: Film, Television and Urban Thirdspace. (Chair: Dr. Stuart Aitken)

Scott, Lauren. The Accessible City: Employment Opportunities in Time and Space. (Chair: Dr. Art Getis)


Chen, Dongmei. Multi-resolution Image Analysis and Classification for Improving Urban Land Use/Cover Mapping Using High Resolution Imagery. (Chairs: Dr. Doug Stow and Dr. Art Getis)

Dow, David L. The Effects of Symbol Iconicity on the Integration of Spatial Knowledge Acquired from the Fly-through Navigation of Simulated Environments. (Chair: Dr. Richard Wright)

Wells, Michael. Human-Altered Fire Regimes and the Development of Stand Structure in Macrocarpae Pines. (Chair: Dr. John O'Leary)

Westmoreland, Sally. Radiometric Correction of Multisensor Imagery. (Chair: Dr. Doug Stow)


Scull, Peter. Predictive Soil Mapping in the Mojave Desert of California. (Chair: Dr. Janet Franklin)


Carter, Christopher. Neoliberal Economic Reforms and Urban Sociospatial Change in Latin America: The Case of La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile. (Chair: Dr. Ernst Griffin)

Miller, Jennifer. Incorporating Spatial Dependence in Predictive Vegetation Models. (Chair: Dr. Janet Franklin)

Rashed, Tarek. Measuring the Environmental Context of Social Vulnerability to Urban Earthquake Hazards: An Integrative Remote Sensing and GIS Approach. (Chair: Dr. John Weeks)

West, Eric. Imagined Transitions: The Geography of Reform in American Foreign Correspondence from Post-Soviet Russia. (Chair: Dr. Stuart Aitken)


McMichael, Christi. Modeling the Effects of Fire on Streamflow in a Chaparral Watershed. (Chair: Dr. Allen Hope)


Craine, James. Geovisualizing Film: The Use of Dynamic Variables in the Analysis of Cinematic Geographies. (Chair: Dr. Stuart Aitken)

Engstrom, Ryan. Effects of Spatial and Temporal Variability in Vegetation, Soil Moisture, and depth of Thaw on Modeled Evapotranspiration Estimates in Arctic Coastal Plain Ecosystems. (Chair: Dr. Allen Hope)

Lulka, David. Networks Affecting the Geographical Distribution and Position of Bison in Modern America. (Chair: Dr. Stuart Aitken)

Rogan, John. Operational Monitoring of Land-Cover Change Using Multitemporal Remote Sensing Data. (Chair: Dr. Janet Franklin)

Syphard, Alexandria D. Long-term Impacts of Frequent Fire and Urban Growth on Southern California coastal shrublands: An Integrated Simulation Modeling Strategy. (Chair: Dr. Janet Franklin)


Janikas, Mark V. Comparative Regional Income Dynamics: Clustering, Scale, and Geocomputation. (Chair: Dr. Sergio Rey)

Kayzar, Brenda. Analyzing Revitalization Outcomes in Downtown San Diego. (Chair: Dr. Larry Ford)

Ryan, John. Using Spatial Updating Bias to Explore the Robustness of a Collaborative Geovisualization Model. (Chair: Dr. Piotr Jankowski)


Aldstadt, Jared. Spatial Spatiotemporal Analysis of Dengue Virus Transmission and Aedes aegypti Abundance. (Chair: Dr. Art Getis)

Zhang, Tong. Developing Grid-Enabled Internet GIService Portals to Support Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure: A Pilot Study in Accessibility. (Chair: Dr. Ming Tsou)


Antoninetti, Maurizio. Peter Pan Will Not Live Here Anymore. A Multi-Approach Study of the Relation Between Neighborhood Design and the Ability to Age in Place. (Chair: Dr. Larry Ford)

Claessens, Lodevicus. Hydro-Ecological Linkages in Urbanizing Watersheds: The Role of Small Streams in Controlling Nitrogen Export. (Chair: Dr. Christina Tague)

Fugate, Debbie. Geodemographic Modeling of Data-Poor Populations in a Security Context. (Chair: Dr. John Weeks)

Ligmann-Zielinska, Arika. Exploring Normative Scenarios of Land Use Development Decisions with an Agent-Based Simulation Laboratory. (Chair: Dr. Piotr Jankowski)


Lopez, Anna Carla. Spatial Patterns or Urban Food Security in Accra, Ghana: A Geographic Analysis of Household Hunger in an African City. (Chair: Dr. John Weeks)


Curti, Giorgio. The Body Geographic: Affect, Imagination and the Relationality of Be(com)ing, or Movements through Spinozan Earth-writings. (Chairs: Dr. Stuart Aitken and Dr. Fernando Bosco)

Hamada, Yuki. Characterizing Conditions of California Sage Scrub Communities in Mediterranean-type Ecosystems Using Remote Sensing. (Chair: Dr. Doug Stow)

Moreno, Christopher M. Geographies of Addiction and Recovery: Drugs, Space, and Body Politics. (Chair: Dr. Stuart Aitken)

Ye, Xinyue. Comparative Space Time Dynamics. (Chair: Dr. Sergio Rey)


Kuzera, Kristopher. Climate and Climate change and Infectious Disease Risk in Thailand: A Spatial Study of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Using GIS and Remotely-sensed Imagery. (Chair: Dr. Art Getis)


Bremer, Leah. Land-Use Change, Ecosystem Services, and Local Livelihoods: Ecological and Socioeconomic Outcomes of Payment for Ecosystem Services in Ecuadorian Paramo Grasslands. (Chair: Dr. Kathleen Farley)

Crotty, Sean. The Geographic Dimensions of Day Labor Conflict in the San Diego Metropolitan Area. (Chair: Dr. Fernando Bosco)

Freeman, Mary. An Analysis of Tree Mortality Using High Resolution Remotely-Sensed Data For Mixed-Conifer Forests in San Diego County. (Chair: Dr. Doug Stow)

Kim, Ick Hoi. Developing High Performance GIS Simulation Models on Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure: A Case Study of Population Change Models with Grid Computing and Cloud Computing Technologies. (Chair: Dr. Ming Tsou)

Lippitt, Christopher. Time-Sensitive Remote Sensing. (Chair: Dr. Doug Stow)

Stoler, Justin. Spatial Patterns of Water Insecurity in a Developing City: Lessons from Accra, Ghana. (Chair: Dr. John Weeks)

Swobodzinski, Martin. Exploring Human Decision Making in the Context of Web-Based Public Participation in Transportation Planning. (Chair: Dr. Piotr Jankowski)


Goerisch, Denise. Smart Cookies: The Gendered Spaces of Labor, Citizenship, and Nationalism in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. (Chair: Dr. Kate Swanson)

Jankowska, Marta. Integrating Space and Place into Children’s Perceptions of Environmental Health Hazards in Accra, Ghana. (Chair: Dr. John Weeks)

Lippitt, Caitlin. Remote Sensing Based Characterization of Herbaceous Vegetation in California Shrublands. (Chair: Dr. Doug Stow)

Simons, Nicole. Improving Decision Making During Wildland Fire Events. (Chair: Dr. Piotr Jankowski)

Wandersee, Sarah. Land-Cover and Land-Use Change in Human-Environment Systems: Understanding Complex Interactions among Policy and Management, Livelihoods, and Conservation. (Chairs: Dr. Li An and Dr. David López Carr)

Wang, Ninghua . Statistics for Time-Series Spatial Data: Applying Survival Analysis to Study Land-Use Change. (Chair: Dr. Li An)

Zvoleff, Alex. Understanding the Dynamics of Changing Land-use and Land-cover, Population, and Climate in the Chitwan Valley, Nepal. (Chairs: Dr. Li An and Dr. David López Carr)


Bart, Ryan. Regional Streamflow Response to Wildfire in California Watersheds. (Chair: Dr. Allen Hope)

Benza, Magdalena. Population Dynamics Throughout the Urban Context: A Case Study in Sub-Saharan Africa Utilizing Remotely Sensed Imagery and GIS. (Chair: Dr. John Weeks)

Carter, Norman. The Struggle to Create a Residential Community in Downtown Los Angeles. (Chair: Dr. Fernando Bosco)

Dev, Boris. Assessing Inequality Using Geographic Income Distributions. (Chair: Dr. Sergio Rey)

Salim, Zia. Building Community? Analyzing Gated Housing Compounds in Bahrain. (Chair: Dr. Fernando Bosco)

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