geography faculty and staff

Meet Our Faculty

Chair and Advisors

Fernando BoscoDepartment Chair
Fernando Bosco
 Storm Hall 310
 (619) 594-7187
 [email protected]

 

Molly CostelloUndergraduate Advisor
Molly Costello
 Storm Hall 301B
 [email protected]

Hilary McMillanMasters Advisor
Hilary McMillan
 Storm Hall 308B
 [email protected]

 

Piotr JankowskiJoint Doctoral Program Director
Piotr Jankowski
 Storm Hall 301C
(619) 594-0640
 [email protected]

Stuart C. AitkenStuart C. Aitken, Ph.D.
June Burnett Chair
Professor
[email protected]

Youth, Society, and Environment; Political Ecology; Migration and Borders; Geographies of Children, Young People, and Families; Geographies of Cities; Livelihoods; Media Geographies

 

Li AnLi An, Ph.D.
Professor
 (619) 594-7187
 [email protected]

Social-Ecological Systems; Environmental Planning and Policy; Land Cover and Land Use Change Analysis; Applied GIS; Cartography and Geovisualization; Geocomputation; Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Landscape Ecology

 

Trent BiggsTrent Biggs, Ph.D.
Professor
 [email protected]

Hydrological Processes and Modeling; Remote Sensing for Watershed Science; Social-Ecological Systems; Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Land Cover and Land Use Change Analysis; Environmental Planning and Policy; Sediment, Erosion, and Water Quality; Data Science

 

Fernando BoscoFernando Bosco, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor
 (619) 594-7187
 [email protected]

Youth, Society, and Environment; Political Ecology; Migration and Borders; Geographies of Food; Geographies of Children, Young People, and Families; Geographies of Cities; Political Geography and Social Movements

 

George ChristakosGeorge Christakos, Ph.D.
Steven and Mary Birch Endowed Chair
Professor
 [email protected]

Social-Ecological Systems; Environmental Planning and Policy; Applied GIS; Spatial Analysis and Modelling

 

Fernando De SalesFernando De Sales, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
 [email protected]

Regional Climate Modeling; Remote Sensing and Watershed Science; Land Cover and Land Use; Wildfire Processes; Landscape Ecology

 

Piotr JankowskiPiotr Jankowski, Ph.D.
Joint Doctoral Program Director
Professor
 (619) 594-0640
 [email protected]

Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Geocomputation; Applied GIS; Environmental Planning and Policy; Cartography and Geovisualization; Data Science

 

Pascale Joassart-MarcelliPascale Joassart-Marcelli, Ph.D.
Director, Urban Studies Program
Professor
 [email protected]

Geography of Food and Food Systems; Political Ecology; Migration and Borders; Geographies of Food; Geographies of Children, Young People, and Families; Geographies of Cities; Livelihoods; Political Geography and Social Movements

 

Arielle LevineArielle Levine, Ph.D.
Director, Sustainability Program
Professor
 (619) 594-5600
 [email protected]

Social-Ecological Systems; Environmental Planning and Policy; Geography of Food and Food Systems; Political Ecology; Applied GIS; Geographies of Food; Livelihoods

 

Hilary McMillanHilary McMillan, Ph.D.
Master’s Program Advisor
Associate Professor
 [email protected]

Hydrological Processes and Modeling; Remote Sensing for Watershed Science; Social-Ecological Systems; Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Land Cover and Land Use Change Analysis; Environmental Planning and Policy

 

Atsushi NaraAtsushi Nara, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
 [email protected]

Applied GIS; Geocomputation; Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Data Science

 

John F. O’LearyJohn F. O’Leary, Ph.D.
Professor
 [email protected]

Environmental Planning and Policy; Land Cover and Land Use Change Analysis; Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring; Wildfire Processes; Landscape Ecology

 

Amy QuandtAmy Quandt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
 [email protected]

Environmental Planning and Policy, Geography of Food and Food Systems, Political Ecology, Social-Ecological Systems, Livelihoods

 

André SkupinAndré Skupin, Ph.D.
Professor
 (619) 594-6946
 [email protected]

Cartography and Geovisualization; Geocomputation; Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Applied GIS; Data Science

 

Douglas A. StowDouglas A. Stow, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus (on FERP)
 [email protected]

Environmental Planning and Policy; Land Cover and Land Use Change Analysis; Remote Sensing; Applied GIS; Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring; Wildfire Processes; Landscape Ecology

 

Kate SwansonKate Swanson, Ph.D.
Professor
 [email protected]

Youth, Society, and Environment; Political Ecology; Migration and Borders; Geographies of Children, Young People, and Families; Geographies of Cities; Livelihoods; Political Geography and Social Movements

 

Ming-Hsiang TsouMing-Hsiang Tsou, Ph.D.
Director, Big Data Analytics Program
Professor
 (619) 594-0205
 [email protected]

Applied GIS; Cartography and Geovisualization; Geocomputation; Spatial Analysis and Modelling; Data Science

 

 

 

Molly Costello Molly (Pohl) Costello, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Advisor
Internship Coordinator
[email protected]

Physical and Environmental Geography

 

Giorgio Hadi CurtiGiorgio Hadi Curti, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Cities and Cultural Geography

 

Nathan EinbinderNathan Einbinder, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Cultural and Environmental Geography

 

Gabriela FernandezGabriela Fernandez, Ph.D.
[email protected]

GIS and Big Data

 

Thomas HermanThomas Herman, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Cultural Geography, Cities, Children and Youth

 

Joel KramerJoel Kramer, M.S.
[email protected]

Physical Geography and Hydrology

 

Taya LazootinTaya Lazootin, M.S.
[email protected]

Physical, Cultural, and Environmental Geography

 

Kristen Monteverde Kristen Monteverde, M.S.
[email protected]

Physical and Environmental Geography; GIS

 

globeAlan Osborn, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Cultural and Regional Geography

 

Cynthia PalomaCynthia Paloma, M.S.
[email protected]

GIS and Cartography

 

Julien PierretJulien Pierret, Ph.D.
[email protected]

GIS and Big Data

 

Akshay PottathilAkshay Pottathil, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Geospatial Intelligence

 

Jane ThorngrenJane Thorngren, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Physical and Environmental Geography

 

 

 

Edward AguadoEdward Aguado, Ph.D.
Physical Geography, Weather and Climate

 

 

Barbara E. FredrichBarbara E. Fredrich, Ph.D.
Latin America, Biogeography, Cultural Geography, Geographic Education

 

 

Arthur GetisArthur Getis, Ph.D.
Statistical Methods, Spatial Analysis, Disease Distribution

 

 

Ned H. GreenwoodNed H. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Physical Geography, Soils, Natural Resources and Environmental Geography

 

 

Ernst C. GriffinErnst C. Griffin, Ph.D.
Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Land Use, Central and South America

 

 

Allen S. HopeAllen S. Hope, Ph.D.
Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Climate and Land Cover Change, Environmental Modeling

 

 

Warren A. JohnsonWarren A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Cultural Geography, Natural Resources, Energy

 

 

David McArthurDavid McArthur, Ph.D.
Physical Geography, Coastal and Fluvial Geomorphology, Quantitative Methods

 

 

Philip PrydePhilip Pryde, Ph.D.
Policy and Management Issues regarding Protected Natural Areas, Environmental Issues in the Former Soviet Republics

 

 

globeImre E. Quastler, Ph.D.
Cultural Geography, Transportation Geography, North America

 

 

Diana RichardsonDiana Richardson, M.A.
Land Use Analysis and Planning, Recreational Land Use, Environmental and Resource Conservation, U.S. Geography

 

 

Frederick P. StutzFrederick P. Stutz, Ph.D.
World Economy, Trade, International Business, Europe, Transportation, GIS

 

 

John R. WeeksJohn R. Weeks, Ph.D.
Demography, Environment
[email protected]
International Population Center

 

 

Richard D. WrightRichard D. Wright, Ph.D.
GIS, U.S.-Mexico Border Geospatial Data Integration, Map Interpretation and Analysis, Water Conservation

 

 

 

Magdalena BenzaMagdalena Benza, Ph.D.
Population and Environment

 

 

Keith ClarkeKeith Clarke, Ph.D.
Geographic Information Science

 

 

Giorgio Hadi CurtiGiorgio Hadi Curti, Ph.D.
Geography and Philosophy; Affect, Emotion and the Body; Politics of Place; Media Geographies; Urban Geographies

 

 

globePaul Dare, Ph.D.
Airborne Remote Sensing Systems, Wildfire Mapping from Airborne Thermal Imaging

 

 

Nathan EinbinderNathan Einbinder, Ph.D.
Ecology and Sustainable Development

 

 

Maria Lidia Bueno FernandesMaria Lidia Bueno Fernandes, Ph.D.
Geography Education

 

 

Gabriela FernandezGabriela Fernandez, Ph.D.
Urban Metabolism, Industrial Ecology, Material Flow Analysis, Urban Planning, Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Environmental Planning and Policy, Sustainable Development, Resource Management, Circular Economy

 

Debbie FugateDebbie Fugate, Ph.D.
Demography, Human Geography, Humanitarian Issues and Complex Emergencies, International Security and Intelligence Issues

 

Gernot PaulusGernot Paulus, Ph.D.
Geoinformation & Environment; Spatial Information Management

 

 

Thomas HermanThomas Herman, Ph.D.
Urban social geography; children and families

 

 

Anna Carla LopezAnna Carla Lopez, Ph.D.
Food Security/Politics, Urbanization and Population in the Developing World

 

 

David Lopez-CarrDavid Lopez-Carr, Ph.D.
Human-Environment Relations

 

 

Alex MessinaAlex Messina, Ph.D.
Environmental Monitoring of Surface and Stormwater

 

 

Christopher M. MorenoChristopher M. Moreno, Ph.D.
Geography and Anthropology; Ethnographic and Qualitative Methodologies; Children, Families, and Communities; Health; Media

 

Alan MurrayAlan Murray, Ph.D.
Urban, regional, and natural resource planning and development, Spatial decision support system and GIS application and development

 

Akshay PottathilAkshay Pottathil, Ph.D.
Data Fusion, Global Security, Strategic Application Development, Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief, International Policy and Trade

 

Sergio J. ReySergio J. Rey, Ph.D.
Urban and Regional Modeling, Spatial Econometrics, Economic Geography

 

 

globePhillip J. Riggan, Ph.D.
Fire remote sensing, fire behavior, global consequences of wildland fire in tropical ecosystems

 

Daniel SousaDaniel Sousa, Ph.D.
Remote Sensing, Spectral Biogeography, Spatiotemporal Analysis

 

 

Emanuel StoreyEmanuel Storey, Ph.D.
Landscape Ecology, Biogeography

 

Alexandra D. SyphardAlexandra D. Syphard, Ph.D.
Interactions among human and natural disturbances, Fire ecology and pyrogeography

 

 

Kellie UyedaKellie Uyeda, Ph.D.
Remote Sensing, Fire ecology

 

 

A. Stewart WalkerA. Stewart Walker, Ph.D.
Photogrammetry, LiDAR and remote sensing

 

 

Limei ZhaoLimei Zhao, Ph.D.
Bibliometrics, Science Evaluation and Knowledge management