Application for Departmental Assistantship
Please note NEW Deadline
The Department nominates a limited number of outstanding applicants for Graduate School Assistantships and Supplements. Final selections for those awards are based on a University-wide competition. Nominees for a Graduate School Award must first be admitted to the Geography Graduate Program. Applicants who believe they possess the credentials to compete for this award should see to it that this application, as well as all other application materials required by the department are received by the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Geography no later than December 1.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Institution
Graduate Program Administrator
GIS in transportation network analysis, urban transportation simulation, human mobility studies with mobile devices (i.e., cell phone, GPS, etc.), transportation planning and public health.
Graduate student in the Center for Geospatial Research (CGR)
Landscape ecology; remote sensing; Lidar; human-environment interactions;GIS
Remote Sensing, LiDAR, environmental and urban applications
Graduate Research Assistant
I am working on monitoring health and productivity of salt marshes in the northern Gulf of Mexico, using proximal and remote sensing methods. My broader research interests are landscape ecology, remote sensing, plant-animal interactions and ecological niche modelling.
Urban Climatology, GIS, Spatial Metrics, Remote Sensing
Application of geospatial science including remote sensing, GIS, and GPS to coastal environments.
My broad research interests are:
Remote Sensing of Wetlands, Estuaries, Coastal and Open Ocean Waters
Remote Sensing in Monitoring Global Climate Change
Ocean Optics and Satellite Oceanography
Director of Development, Social Sciences
Associate Provost for International Education, Professor
Third World Development, Population and Migration
Geomorphology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction
Van Sant, Levi
Global Capitalism and its Discontents; Urban-Rural Relations; Decentralist Thought; Place; Sustainability and Social Justice
My research takes shape around the concepts of “place”, community, stigma, and social difference. I’m interested in theorizing localized economic and/or cultural decline in North American communities – in particular the set of social forces that seem to arbitrarily reinforce or reverse the decay that these once-prosperous places now suffer. By examining the discourse that permeates declining places, I hope to arrive at a more culturally nuanced understanding of the processes of uneven development.
I see the primary importance of this research in the political possibilities it may serve. People who have established their lives in a particular location have inherently contributed to the “making of place”; places should therefore be seen as products of creative human labor, both materially and socially. When investment pulls out – leaving these people and places to fend for themselves – capitalism’s alienation of the fruits of labor from the laborer makes itself intimately known on an extensive spatial scale. I hope my research will help us better comprehend what decline means; why some declining places revitalize, others gentrify, and still others continue to decline; and most importantly, how communities in decline can stop the process as well as envision recovery alternatives that avoid the trap of returning to an unstable capitalist model of development.
PhD Candidate and Senior GIS Analyst at USAID
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography where I study the use of geospatial tools and volunteered geographic information for humanitarian operations. The substantive nature of my work is a geographic approach to studying refugee and internally displaced populations. Past and current projects include collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Stand By Task Force, local NGOs, and affected communities. I am currently working at USAID to stand up the agency's new GeoCenter.
Project design & management, strategic planning, remote sensing, GIS and GPS training, geovisualization. Strategic planning for volunteered geographic information data collection and reach-back to technical volunteer communities. Languages: fluent FR, basic ES
Richard, Roland A.
My intellectual interests are based in a simple question: what are the processes through which humans transform their environments into things that sustain them, and what are the implications of those processes? Geography provides a rich tradition and foundation from which to approach this broad question. One particular stand within this tradition that I find useful is that of political ecology, a framework that fundamentally understands human and environmental questions as deeply imbricated with one another. Without imposing disciplinary dogma on political ecology, I find that it allows me to understand these processes of material transformation not only through the lens of geographic political economy, which investigates questions of labor, value, growth, and inequality, but through examining cultural practices of knowledge production and representation.
Starting with this set of interests and political ecology as an intellectual framework, my empirical work broadly engages with notions of sustainability and the "greening" of economies. A political ecology approach to sustainability means that efforts to create a more "sustainable" world have to be understood not simply as driven by technological change, but as questions of democratically engaging with how we choose to transform our environments.
The empirical "cut" I take towards investigating the political economic, cultural, and material processes of the transforming nature is to examine the production, consumption, and disposal of commodities. More specifically, my disseration research focuses on efforts to govern the flows of used electronics, or e-waste, through global networks of recycling, re-use, and disposal. I examine efforts by insitutional actors within the U.S. to create mechanisms of coordinating these flows with the intent of maximizing the safe recovery of value from these items through recycling, while also mitigating the potential hazards that come along with mishandling these ubiquitous objects.
More generally, I work in the areas of political ecology, political geography, resource geography, nature-society studies, and environmental justice studies.
social movements that promote urban agricultural practices as a means of promoting social justice within marginalized populations
Food and agricultural politics, sovereignty and state theory, political ecology of development
O’Hare, Nancy K.
Using remote sensing to assess habitat structure and function
McDonald, Jacob M.
Mathew, Rita R.
Lash, R. Ryan
PhD Student and ORISE Fellow at CDC
I am interested in the ways in which geography can contribute to our understanding of human health. Most of my research thus far has focused on the utilization of geospatial tools and techniques for the study of zoonotic disease ecology. I have a strong interest in understanding the geographic information component inherent in our knowledge about public health and disease. I also have expertise in cartographic visualization and production for print and electronic reproduction. Please see my CV for a comprehensive list of my professional qualifications and accomplishments.
• Environmental Policy;
• Environmental Justice;
• Nature – Society Interactions;
• Social Movement Theory
• Critical Social Theory
Scott, Loretta D.
Business Manager I
Phares, Robert G.
Labor; Political Economy; Migration; Social movements
Urban inequality, race, housing, and GIS & RS applications in human and physical geography
Severe convective storms, dynamical downscaling, synoptic meteorology, applied climatology, GIS techniques, operational meteorology, hazards
Winter Hazard Climatology
Assessment of Winter Hazard Vulnerability
Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) Forecasting
Forecaster Decision Making During Severe Weather
Tornado Debris Distributions
Climatology of High Wind
Hurricanes, Boundary Layer Processes
Duggar, Emily M.
Administrative Assistant II
Coffee, Emily M.
Administrative Assistant II
Determining climatological and environmental changes via multiple proxies (with a focus on speleothems) during the Holocene and Quaternary epochs, emphasizing the impact of these changes on human history and biological systems.
Sediment source ascription, soil erosion modeling, human impacts and fluvial response
LiDAR remote sensing for human and environmental applications.
Hart, Tonya R.
Fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, large woody debris, riparian land use
Miller, Charles A.
Urban and historical geography.
I'm interested in climate change adaptation planning in cities. For my master's research, I'm examining the development and implement of climate adaptation plans in New York City.
Urban geography, Marxist political economy, faith-based organizations, homelessness, social movements, feminist theory, critical race theory
Application of GIS, RS, & water modeling to examine anthropogenic alteration of water systems
Drivers and impacts of small reservoir construction. Reservoir network design, management, and ecosystem response
Cumulative hydrological impacts: Evaporative loss; Nutrient cycling; Temperature alteration
Woodruff, James F.
Welch, Roy A.
Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems
Schretter, Howard A.
Education Policy, Program Formulation and Development
Parker, Kathleen C.
Biogeography, Plant Population Dynamics and Genetics, Arid Lands