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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


M.S  Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Jeff Widener

E-mail: afborunda@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Geography and Mathematics minor, California State University, Fullerton (2018)

Area of Research: GIS, Smart Cities, Weather


M.S. Student in Geography

Advisor: Kirsten de Beurs

Email: iain.a.bennett-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Geography, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Research: GIS, Remote Sensing


Ph.D Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Rebecca Loraamm

Email: burchcm@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Zoology/Environmental Science and Geography minor, Miami University (2016), M.S. Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma (2020)

Areas of Research: Human-environment interactions, renewable energy, human dimensions of natural resource management

 


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

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M.S.Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Jennifer Koch

E-mail:  david.m.conn-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Biology, Eastern Michigan University

Areas of Research: GIS, City Planning, Conservation, Human-Environmental Interactions


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research Assistant 

Advisor: Renee McPherson

E-mail: paulina.cwik-1@ou.edu

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

Areas of Research: Climate Variability and Change, Natural Hazards


M.S.Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant 

Advisor: Renee McPherson

E-mail:  tdewinter@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Research: Decision making responses to hazardous weather, risk communication, natural hazards


M.S. Student in Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Jadwiga Ziolkowska

E-mail: rachel.francks@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Geography.

Area of Research: Economic Impact of Superfund Cleanups 


M.A. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Anthony Levenda

E-mail: jag@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Environmental Studies , Temple 

Area of Research: Urban studies, new fare payment technology, mobility, critical transportation studies

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M.S. in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Mark Shafer

E-mail: america.gaviria@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. in Physical Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Areas of Research: Natural Hazards, Bilingual Science Communication and Climate Change


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research Assistant 

Advisor: 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


M.S. Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant 

Advisor: Rebecca Loraamm

E-mail: katherineho@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. in Geographic Information Science, minors in Economics and Geology, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Research: GIS, time geography, geospatial technology


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


M.S. Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

E-mail: ehuls@ou.edu

Degrees: University of Minnesota, B.S.B. Supply Chain and Operations Management & B.S. Ag and Food Business Management (2020)

Areas of Research: Sustainable Supply Chains, Sustainable Food Systems, Food Waste, Environmental Sustainability

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Ph.D. Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Jeff Widener

E-mail: johnsonvictoria@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Geography and Environmental Sustainability, Geospatial Technology, University of Oklahoma (2020); B.S. Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma (2018)

Areas of Research: GIS, Natural Hazards and Disasters, Risk Decision-Making, Resilience


M.A Geography 

Advisor: Laurel Smith

E-mail: morganjones@ou.edu

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

Area of Research: cultural geography, geopolitics, film


M.S. Student in Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

E-mail: samantha.jung@ou.edu

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

Area of Research: Environmental Sustainability


Ph.D. Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Michael Wimberly

E-mail: andrews.korah@ou.edu

Degrees: M.A. Geography, Miami University (2020); B.A. Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (2017)

Area of Research: Urban Growth Modelling, Sustainability, Policy Mobility, Remote Sensing, Land Use Change, and Mixed-Method Research


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Advisor: Thomas Neeson

E-mail: treylee@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Geographic Information Science & Technology, University of Southern California (2018), B.S. Strategic Communications, Oklahoma State University (2015)

Areas of Research: Aquatic Conservation, GIS, Remote Sensing, Scientific Diving, XR


PhD Candidate in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Mary Lawhon

E-mail: leneleroux@ou.edu

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

Research Area: Southern urban theory, 'place' theory, postcolonial urban studies, city planning, urban geography/planning education


Ph.D. Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Thomas Neeson, Dan Allen (Department of Biology)

Email: megan.malish@ou.edu

Degrees: MS Biology, Central Michigan University (2018); BA Biology, Kalamazoo College (2016)

Areas of Research: Stream Ecology, Conservation Biology


M.S. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

Email: Davis_Manshardt@ou.edu

Degrees: BS Environmental Sustainability, OU

Areas of Research: water systems innovation and resiliency


M.S. Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Anthony Levenda

Email: carolina.marca@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Universidad Mayor de San Simon, Bolivia 

Areas of Research: Environmental sustainability, Sustainable development, Circular economy


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Advisor: Laurel Smith

E-mail: mmattox@ou.edu

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

Areas of Research: Meteorology, Climatology, Fire Management, Risk Perception and Management, Natural Hazards, Decision-Making, and Organizational Structures


M.A. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jeff Widener

E-mail: mcthompson@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. in GIS and Native American Studies, OU May 2019

Area of Research: GIS, Indigenous geographies, digital curation through GIS


M.S. Student in Geography

Advisor: Bruce Hoagland

Email: montalva.jose@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. in Biology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso Chile

Areas of Research: Biogeography, Conservation biology, Invasion Biology


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 

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Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Scott Greene

E-mail: Gloria.Nakyagaba-1@ou.edu

Degrees: M.A. Geography, B.A. Education (Geography/History) Makerere University Kampala

Area of Research: Urban Waste and Sanitation, Energy, Sustainability


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research 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


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, Urban Green Space, Plant Phenology, Remote Sensing and Socio-Environmental Sustainability

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M.A. in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jeff Widener

E-mail: nordhueskr@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Geographic Information Science and German minor, University of Oklahoma (2020)

Areas of Research: Risk assessment, hazard mitigation, emergency management, GIS, human health


M.S. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor:  Jeff Widener

Email:  mperkins@ou.edu             

Degree:  B.S Geography- Resource and Environmental Studies, & B.A. Anthropology from Texas State University 

Areas of Research:  GIS, Water Resource Management, Environmental Education 


M.S. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Bruce Hoagland

Email: rochac@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S Natural Resource Management and mathematics minor, Grand Valley State University (2019)

Areas of Research: Biogeography, natural resource management, conservation biology, renewable energy, GIS

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Ph.D. in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Anthony Levenda

E-mail: Samuel.T.Ross-1@ou.edu

Degrees: M.A. Geospatial Science and Applied Geography from University of Colorado Denver, B.S. Geography from Texas State University

Areas of Research: Human-Environment Interactions, Climate Change Adaptation, Wildfire, Urban Sustainability, Wildland Urban Interface, GIS


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

E-mail: kacie.scherler@ou.edu

Degrees: MA Social Entrepreneurship (2016) Pepperdine University; BA Intercultural Communication (2013) Pepperdine University

Areas of Research: Agroecology, Political Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Supply Chains, Triple Bottom Line Development, Feminist Geographies


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


M.A. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jennifer Koch

E-mail: shelbysnapp@ou.edu

Degrees: BA Environmental Studies - University of Oklahoma

Areas of Research: Urban Geography, Feminist Methodologies, Environmental Modelling, GIS


Ph.D. Student in Geography

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


M.S. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Michael Wimberly

E-mail: ataylor28@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Environmental Science. University of Central Arkansas 

Area of Research: Natural Resource Management   


M.A Geography 

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jeff Widener

E-mail: Blake.A.Taylor-1@ou.edu

Degrees: BA in Geography, University of Central Oklahoma (2019) 

Area of Research: Foodways and Geographical Indications


M.A Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Anthony Levenda

E-mail: James.Tichy@ou.edu    

Degrees: B.S Anthropology, B.P.A Public Administration 

Area of Research: Urban geography, urban political economy, gentrification


M.S in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Renee McPherson

E-mail: oliviavanbuskirk@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. in Meteorology from Central Michigan University 

Area of Research: Risk communication, natural hazards  


Ph.D Student in Geography and Environmental Sustainability 

Advisor: Thomas Neeson

Email: Rebecca.veiga@ou.edu  

Degrees: MS in Soil and Water Science, University of California, Riverside (2004), BS in Biology from Texas Christian University (2000) 

Areas of Research: Protection and restoration of freshwaters and watershed integrity 

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M.S. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Kirsten de Beurs

E-mail: kaitlin.h.williams@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Geographic Information Science

Area of Research: Remote Sensing, GIS, Hydrology


Ph.D Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Scott Greene

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

Areas of Research: Renewable Energy, Climate Change


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


M.S. in Geography: Geospatial Technologies

Research Assistant

Advisor: Kirsten de Beurs

E-mail:  james.a.worden-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma (2019)

Area of Research: Remote Sensing, Water detection