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Aparna Bamzai

Aparna

Ph.D Student in Geography

Advisor: Renee McPherson

E-mail: aparna@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Environmental Management, Duke University. B.S. Statistics and Mathematics, Virginia Tech.

Area of Research: Evaluation of co-produced climate adaptation research

Claire Burch

Claire Burch

M.S. Student in Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant 

Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Loraamm

Email: burchcm@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Zoology/Environmental Science and Geography minor, Miami University (2016) 

Areas of Research: GIS, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Wildlife Movement

 

Lawrence Burkett

Lawrence Burkett

Ph.D Student in Geography

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

Email: lburkett@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Geography, The University of North Dakota. B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, The University of North Dakota.

Area of Research: Aeroecology

Jorge Celis Rodriguez

Jay

M.S. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Hernan Moreno

Email: Jorge.A.Celis.Rodriguez-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. in Environmental Engineering from El Bosque University at Bogota, Colombia

Areas of Research: GIS, Remote sensing, Hydrology and Environmental Management

Paulina Cwik

Paulina

M.S. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant 

Advisor: Renee McPherson

E-mail: paulina.cwik-1@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Geography, M.S Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Areas of Research: Climate Variability and Change, Natural Hazards

Parker Fleming

Parker

M.S. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Tom Neeson

Email: parkerfleming@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. in Biology, University of Oklahoma (2017)

Areas of Research: Stream Fragmentation, Conservation, Biogeography, Fisheries Biology

Filoteo (Filo) Gomez Martinez

Filo

M.S. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Kirsten de Beurs

E-mail: filogm@ou.edu

Degree: B.A. in  Geography, 2016

Area of research: remote sensing, GIS, urban green areas, UHI, sustainable urban development and political ecology

Jenny Hamel

Jenny

M.S. Student in Environmental Sustainability

Advisor:
Mark Meo

E-mail: jhamel@ou.edu

Degree: BFA Graphic Design, Finlandia University (2009)

Area of research: urban sustainability, addressing homelessness in cities, passive housing

Kyndra Hanson

Kyndra

M.A. Student in Geography

Advisor: Jennifer Koch

E-mail: kyndra.j.hanson-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Geography, B.S. Geographic Information Science and Meteorology Minor, University of Oklahoma

Area of Research: Coupled Human Natural Systems

Joshua Hatzis

Joshua

Ph.D Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jennifer Koch

E-mail: jjhatzis@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Geography, Northern Illinois University; B.S. Meteorology, Northern Illinois University

Areas of Research: Spatial Modeling and Severe Weather Impacts

Ethan Heck

Ethan

M.S. Student in Geography

Research Assistant 

Advisor: Dr. Kirsten de Beurs

E-mail: ethanheck@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Geographic Information Science, University of Oklahoma (2018)

Areas of Research: Remote Sensing, GIS

Andrea Hess

Andrea

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research Assistant 

Advisor: Dr. Michael Wimberly

E-mail: andrea.hess@ou.edu

Degrees: M.Sc. Global Change Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany; B.Sc. Geography, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Areas of Research: Remote Sensing, Landscape Ecology, Spatial Epidemiology

 

Zhen Hong

Zhen

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Hernan Moreno

E-mail: zhen.hong-1@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S., University of Oklahoma (2014); B.S. Computer Science and Technology, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (2012)

Areas of Research: Remote Sensing, Hydrology and GIS

Mahsa Jami

Zhen

M.S. Student in Geography

Research Assistant 

Advisor: Dr. Kirsten de Beurs

E-mail: mjami@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Civil and Surveying Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran 

Areas of Research: Remote Sensing, GIS, Land Change Analysis

Victoria Johnson

Victoria

M.S. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Mark Shafer

E-mail: johnsonvictoria@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Research: Natural Hazards & Disasters, Environmental Risk Perceptions, Place Attachment

Kelly Jones

Kelly J

M.A. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Darren Purcell

E-mail: kelly.d.jones-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Geography and International Studies Minor, University of Oklahoma

Area of Research: Twitter communication during natural hazards



Samantha Jung

Jung

M.S. Student in Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

E-mail: samantha.jung@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa

Area of Research: Environmental Sustainability

Lora LaPree

Lora

M.S. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant 

Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Loraamm

Email: lora.lapree@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Geography-Resource & Environmental Studies, Anthropology; Texas State University 

Areas of Research: GIS, Biogeography, Wildlife Movement



Lené Le Roux

Lene

PhD Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Dr. Mary Lawhon

E-mail: leneleroux@ou.edu

Degrees: B.Town & Regional Planning; M.Built Environment (Housing)

Research Area: Postcolonial and feminist urban geographies; critical urban planning; African cities

 

Anesu Makina

Anesu

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Mary Lawhon

Email: anesumakina@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. The University of the Witwatersrand, BSocSci. (honors) University of Pretoria, M.A. University of East Anglia. 

Areas of interest: Political ecology, Human-Environment Relationships, sub-Saharan Africa

Jacob Marchlinski

Jacob

MA Student in Geography

Advisor:  Dr. Mark Shafer

Email:  jacob.t.marchlinski-1@ou.edu

Degree:  BA Geography, Penn State University (2012)

Areas of Research:  Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Variability, Natural Hazards and Disasters

    

Monica Mattox

Monica

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Advisor: Jadwiga Ziolkowska

E-mail: mmattox@ou.edu

Degrees: M.A. Geography, University of Oklahoma; B.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Research: Meteorology, Climatology, Environmental Economics, Environmental Impacts, Societal Impacts, and Fire Management

Cayton Moore

Cayton

M.A. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Darren Purcell

E-mail: Cayton.t.moore-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Geography, University of Oklahoma B.A. Arabic Language and Literature, University Of Oklahoma

Area of Research: Critical Geopolitics, Digital Humanities, Middle East focus 



Dolly Na-Yemeh

Dolly

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jadwiga Ziolkowska

E-mail: dolly.na-yemeh1@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Geoscience, Western Kentucky University, B.ed. Social Science (Geography), University of Education, Winneba

Areas of Research: Climatology, GIS, Environmental Economics, Emergency Management

Kevin Neal

Kevin

M.S. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jennifer Koch

E-mail: nealkevin@ou.edu

Degree: B.S. Geographic Information Science, University of Oklahoma (2018)

Areas of Research: Environmental Modeling and Remote Sensing

 

Caroline Pavlowsky

Carrie

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Mark Meo

E-mail: cpavlowsky@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Geography, University of Oklahoma (2014); Geography, Missouri State University

Areas of Research: Human Dimensions of Climate Change Impacts

Virginia Silvis

Virginia

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Advisor: Mark Meo

E-mail: virginia.silvis@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma (2011); B.E. Earth System Science & Engineering/Meteorology, University of Michigan (2008)

Areas of Research: Public Policy and Goverence Issues around Atmospheric Natural Hazards

Aditi Singh

Aditi

PhD Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Mary Lawhon

E-mail: aditi.singh@ou.edu 

Degrees: B.A. Programme (Economics and Political Science), University of Delhi, India (2012),  M.A. Environment and Development, Ambedkar University Delhi, India (2015).

Areas of Research: Human-Environment Relationships, Urban Political Ecology, Contested Urban Spaces and Exclusion

 

Haley Smith

Haley

M.S Student in Geography

Advisor: Kirsten de Beurs

E-mail: haleysmith@ou.edu   

Degrees: B.A. Mathematics, B.A. Environmental Sustainability

Areas of Research: Landscape ecology, Applications of fractal geometry in urban systems

 

Daniela Spade

Daniel

Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Kirsten de Beurs and co advisor Mark Shafer

E-mail: dspade@ou.edu

Areas of Research: Drought risk assessments in the United States using GIS and remote sensing

Heather Stelter

Heather

M.S. Student in Enviornmental  Sustainability 

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

Email: h.stelter@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. History, University of Northern Colorado

Area of Research: Sustainable Textile Sourcing and Development, Garment Lifecycle Analysis, Sustainable Fashion Practices, Fair-trade, Fashion History 

 

 

Anna Thomas

Anna

M.S. Student in Geography

Advisor: Thomas Neeson

E-mail: anna.thomas@ou.edu

Degrees: BS in geography, University of South Alabama

 

 

Jay Wimhurst

Jay

M.S. Student in Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Scott Greene

Email: Joshua.J.Wimhurst-1@ou.edu

Areas of Research: Renewable Energy, Climate Change

Tanya S. Woody

Tanya

M.S. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jeffery Widener

E-mail: tanya.s.woody-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Environmental Sustainability - Science and Natural Resources, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Research: GIS, Sustainable Development, Urban Landscape Dialectics

 

Sean Wineland

Sean

PhD Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Thomas Neeson

E-mail: Seanwineland@ou.edu   

Degrees: M.S. Biology/Ecology, Marshall University (2018), B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, California University of Pennsylvania (2016)

Areas of Research: Conservation Biology, Stream Ecology, Landscape Ecology, GIS