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Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Jennifer Koch

E-mail: nastaran.abdoli-1@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Applied Geography, University of Louisville, Kentucky; B.A. Urban Planning, Urmia University, Iran

Area of Research: Spatial Analysis, GIS, Travel Behavior, Public Transportation, Transportation Planning

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M.A. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Darren Purcell

E-mail: mattwaller@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. Geography, Minors in GIS and History, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Research: Digital Geographies, GIS, Geopolitics, Historical Geography, Native American History 


Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Michael Wimberly

E-mail: eric.bump@ou.edu

Degrees: MPH Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; B.S. Health and Exercise Science, Minor in Psychology, Minor in History, University of Oklahoma

Area of Research: Disease Ecology, Public Health, Spatial Epidemiology, 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: Teaching


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 & Environmental Sustainability with a certificate in Geospatial Technologies

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Laurel Smith

E-mail: valerie.doornbos@ou.edu 

Degrees: BA Environmental Studies and History, Minor in Spanish, Ripon College

Area of Research: Post-Industrial Urban Areas, Environmental Justice, Tribal Sovereignty, Air Quality, and Environmental Policy relating to the Environmental Protection Agency

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Ph.D. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Thomas Neeson

E-mail: shadi.fard@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Civil Engineering Water Resources Management and Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran (2020); B.S. Civil Engineering Water and Wastewater Networks, College of Environment, Iran (2017).

Areas of Research: Water Resources Systems Analysis, Wetlands Hydrology, Drylands Vulnerability


M.S. Student in Environmental Sustainability

Advisor: Laurel Smith

E-mail: rachel.francks@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Geography.

Area of Research: Economic Impact of Superfund Cleanups 

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M.S. Student 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


M.S. Student in Geospatial Technologies

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Bruce Hoagland

E-mail: aiyesha.ghani@ou.edu

Degrees: Nomad MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, University of Hartford; B.A. Global Development & Anthro-ecology, New York University

Area of Research: Remote Sensing, Hydroclimatology, Land-Atmosphere Interaction, Conservation Ecology, Land Use/Land Change, Emergency Management & Hazards, Traditional Knowledge Keeping/Making

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Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Darren Purcell

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


Ph.D. Student in Geography & 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

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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


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Advisor: Darren Purcell

Teaching Assistant

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. Student in 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

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Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Rebecca Loraamm

E-mail: martin.k.manu-1@ou.edu

Degrees: MSc. Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation; BSc. Natural Resources Management (Wildlife Mangement); Dip. Natural Resources Management (Forest Silviculture)

Area of Research: Conservation Ecology, GIS, Remote Sensing, Land Use/Land Cover Change, Animal Distribution


M.S. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Tom Neeson

E-mail: hannah.mattes@ou.edu

Degrees: BS Aquatic Biology, Texas State University

Area of Research: Conservation Biology, Stream Ecology, Human-Environment Interactions, Climate Change


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

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Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Scott Greene

E-mail: gloria.n.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

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M.A. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Mark Shafer

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


Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Rebecca Loraamm

E-mail:  chinedu.nsude@ou.edu

Degrees: MSc Ecology and Conservation, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom; B-Tech Applied Ecology, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria

Area of Research: Urban Ecology; Human - Environmental Interactions; Global Sustainable Environmental Practice

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M.S. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Rebecca Loraamm

E-mail: kritikapathak1210@gmail.com

Degrees: Masters degree in Water Resource Policy and Management (2020) from East Central University, USA; Bachelors in Environmental Science (2018) from Nepal

Areas of Research: Watershed Management, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Sustainable Development


M.S. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Bruce Hoagland

E-mail: leah.pearman@ou.edu

Degrees: B.A. International Security Studies; B.A. Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

Area of Research: Spatial Conservation, Spatial Ecology

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Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Kirsten de Beurs

E-mail: nikhil.r.poudyal@ou.edu  

Degrees: M.S. Earth Science, Land cover change, GIS, Micro-Wave remote sensing (Glacier tracking), Chiba University, Japan; B.E. Electrical and Electronics, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Areas of Research: Land Cover/Use Change, Pattern Recognition, Environment and Climate Change Studies, Livelihood, Public Health


M.A. Student in Geography

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Darren Purcell

E-mail: krayburn@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Geography, Jacksonville State University

Area of Research: My area of research primarily focuses on Pop Culture and how they use geography. I focus on movies, videogames, and books and study how story tellers utilize geography to tell a narrative. I have examined movies such as How to Train Your Dragon, Frozen, and Spirited Away. Videogames I have studied are: Gris (won Best Graduate of Sciences in 2021 at JSU's Student Symposium), Hellblade: Sennua's Sacrifice, and Fortnite: Battle Royal. By studying Pop Culture and how they utlaize geography I can see what storytellers choose to include or exclude to tell their story. Whether this is by including or excluding cultural aspects or choosing to display an environment by codding it with key features to evoke an emotion, it all comes down to how we choose to present the world.


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


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Advisor: Laurel Smith

Teaching Assistant

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

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M.S. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Renee McPherson

Email: ebone.d.smith-1@ou.edu

Degrees: B.S. Meteorology, Virginia Tech; B.A. Communications, Virginia Tech

Areas of Research: Community Resilience and Empowerment, Urban Heat Islands, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies, Environmental Justice, Natural Hazards

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Ph.D. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Research Assistant

Advisor: Anni Yang

Email: himel.talukder-1@ou.edu

Degrees: M.S. Epidemiology and Public Health, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh; B.S. Veterinary Medicine, Minor in Animal Science, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh

Areas of Research: Disease Ecology, Spatial Epidemiology, Health Geography, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife Ecology


M.S. Student in Geography & 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   

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M.A. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

E-mail: James.Tichy@ou.edu   

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

Areas of Research: Urban Geography, Urban Political Economy, Gentrification


M.S. Student in Geography & 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 & 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 


M.S. Student in Geography & Environmental Sustainability

Teaching Assistant

Advisor: Travis Gliedt

E-mail: jennastormwarner@ou.edu

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

Area of Research: Water Adaptation, Sustainability Solutions and Development, Emergency Management, Meteorology Communications


Ph.D. Student in Geography

Research Assistant

Advisor: Scott Greene

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

Areas of Research: Renewable Energy, Climate Change