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Led by school director Trisalyn Nelson, our nationally- and internationally-recognized faculty includes three members of the National Academy of Sciences as well as members of national and international committees and panels such as the National Research Council Geographical Sciences Committee and Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change. Together with our staff, students, and community partners, we are working to generate unique knowledge that is helping society face a growing number of complex issues, including climate policy, water resource management, disaster relief, housing and community development, the transition to renewable energy, and sustainable growth.

Name
B.L. Turner II
Regents' Professor and Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society

Turner studies human-environment relationships from the ancient Maya to contemporary sustainability science. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, among other honors.

Randall Cerveny
President's Professor

Cerveny, professor of geographical sciences, also serves as Rapporteur on Extreme Records for the United Nations/World Meteorological Organization with the responsibility for researching and verifying global weather records.

480-965-7533
  
Stewart Fotheringham
Foundation Professor

Fotheringham is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea whose work focuses on the analysis of spatial data in relation to a variety of areas including health data, crime patterns and migration.

Trisalyn Nelson
Director and Foundation Professor

Nelson's work currently focuses on using spatial and spatial-temporal analyses to track wildlife movement and active transportation. She is also the founder of BikeMaps.org, a crowdsourcing app for bike safety and ridership.

Robert Balling
Professor

Balling has a long history of conducting research on the climate change issue with a special interest in blending in applications involving Geographic Information Systems.

480-965-7533
  
Ronald Dorn
Professor

Dorn, professor of geography, is also co-coordinator of the Arizona Geographic Alliance, a K-12 outreach program to promote geographic education in Arizona.

480-965-7533
  
Michael Kuby
Professor

Kuby specializes in transportation, energy, optimal facility location and network design models, and alternative fuels, stations, and vehicles. His research has been funded by NSF, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and NASA.

480-965-6850
  
Professor

Li, a senior Fulbright Scholar to India, focuses her research on ethnic geography, highly-skilled international migration and transnational connections. She is the author of more than 90 journal articles and book chapters.

480-727-6556
  
Soe Myint
Professor

Myint, an expert in remote sensing and GIScience, uses these skills to investigate urban land use land cover, urban climate, drought, desertification and deforestation, agriculture water use, among other issues.

Breandan O hUallachain
Professor

O hUallachain's research interests include economic, industrial location, urban and regional economic development.

480-965-7533
  
Martin Pasqualetti
Professor

Pasqualetti is an energy geographer specializing in the societal aspects of energy, especially renewable energy.

480-965-4548
  
David Pijawka
Professor

Pijawka's research focuses on sustainable planning and design, disaster management and recovery, environmental justice, and Native American community planning.

480-727-7319
  
David Sailor
Professor

Sailor's work focuses on the intersection of climate with the built environment. He currently serves on the American Meteorological Society's Board on the Urban Environment and International Association for Urban Climate.

480-965-4082
Mark Schmeeckle
Professor

Schmeeckle's interest is in landscape mechanics with a primary focus on fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, and surface water processes.

Ian Walker
Professor

Walker is a geomorphologist and surficial geologist well known for his expertise in sediment transport and erosion, aeolian geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, environmental fluid dynamics, and sand dune ecosystems.

480-965-5658
Douglas Webster
Professor

Webster's current interests are in comparative city building and urban dynamics, urban competitiveness and resilience, and peri-urbanization with a primary geographic focus on East Asia.

480-727-0737
  
Elizabeth Wentz
Dean & Professor

Her research interests include: shape and pattern analysis, geographic information science, applications of GIS to urban environment, urban remote sensing and water resource management.

480-965-4144
 
Netra Chhetri
Associate Professor

Netra Chhetri works to advance innovative approaches to climate adaptation that tie together and link multi-scalar processes between environmental dynamics and social outcomes.

480-727-0747
  
Matei Georgescu
Associate Professor, Associate Director for Research-Based Graduate Programs

Georgescu's interests are on human-environment interactions, with research aimed to improve understanding of phenomena related to urbanization-induced landscape change. He is a member of the Urban Climate Research Center.

Joochul Kim
Associate Professor

An expert in community and economic development planning and housing, Kim has a long history of community involvement with government organizations throughout his career.

480-965-2768
  
Kelli Larson
Professor

Kelli Larson, a professor of geography and sustainability, focuses her work on human-environment interactions and the implications for water governance and urban sustainability.

480-727-3603
  
WenWen Li
Associate Professor

Li's work in geographic information science aims to develop integrated and smart cyber-infrastructure to revolutionize knowledge discovery. Li is a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER award.

480-727-5987
 
Kevin McHugh
Associate Professor

McHugh is a cultural geographer with research interests in geographical thought & theory, geohumanities, post-phenomenology, and more-than-human geographies.

480-965-7533
  
Deirdre Pfeiffer
Associate Professor

Pfeiffer's work focuses on housing and health, the outcomes of the foreclosure crisis and its lasting impact, and issues of equity in relation to housing.

Daoqin Tong
Associate Professor

Tong's research primarily focuses on the use of spatial analytics including spatial optimization, geographic information system, and spatial statistics to support urban and regional studies concerning location.

480-965-3553
Dylan Connor
Assistant Professor

Connor's research centers on urban-spatial demography, historical immigration, and social inequality.

Meagan Ehlenz
Assistant Professor

Ehlenz, a certified planner with AICP, focuses research on urban revitalization and community development, with specializations in the role of anchor institutions in urban places and mechanisms for building community wealth.

Amy Frazier
Assistant Professor

Frazier’s research interests are focused on the integration of remote sensing, GIS, and landscape ecology to study global environmental change.

David Hondula
Assistant Professor

Hondula, assistant professor and member of the Urban Climate Research Center, researches the societal impacts of weather and climate, including efforts to learn how individuals experience and cope with extreme heat.

480-965-4794
Peter Kedron
Assistant Professor

Kedron both develops spatial statistical methods and customizes and applies mixed methodologies to study the evolution of the economic landscape and the socio-ecological interactions that shape urban environments.

David King
Assistant Professor

King, an assistant professor in urban planning, focuses his research on the codependence of transportation and land use planning. King is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Paratransit Committee.

480-965-2055
Sara Meerow
Assistant Professor

Meerow combines the disciplines of geography and urban planning as she researches how to make cities more resilient in the face of climate change as well as other social and environmental hazards.

480-965-6501
Deborah Salon
Assistant Professor

Salon researches travel behavior and the built environment, climate policy for transport, and government and transit agency institutions with the goal to inform policies that reduce global automobile dependence.

480-965-7475
Name
Patricia Basile
Lecturer

Patricia Basile is an architect and urban planner whose change-oriented research aims to expand agency and access to those who have been historically disempowered and oppressed.

Stephanie Deitrick
Assistant Clinical Professor

Deitrick is the program director for the Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MASGIS) Program. Her research focuses on GIS, decision-making and uncertainty and the use of GIS in public policy decisions.

480-965-7533
 
Jason Kelley
Lecturer

Kelley researches transportation planning, sustainable design, as well as impact of pricing strategies on low-income and transportation-disadvantaged groups.

480-965-7188
  
Elizabeth Larson
Senior Lecturer

Larson's work primary focuses on human and regional geography, including work studying refugee populations in Central America.

480-965-7533
  
Erinanne Saffell
Lecturer

Saffell, a climatologist, has interests in understanding risk, vulnerability and resilience in relation to extreme weather events. She is also the director of the SWIFT Weather Camp.

480-965-7533
  
John Shaeffer
Principal Lecturer

Shaeffer, a principal lecturer of geography, teaches the introductory World Geography course and numerous specialized regional geography courses.

480-965-3652
  
Name
Patricia Gober
Research Professor

Gober is the founding co-director of the National Science Foundation's Decision Center for a Desert City and previously served on the National Research Council's Committee on Geographical Sciences.

480-965-7533
  
Michael Goodchild
Research Professor

An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada, Michael Goodchild is a global leader in Geographic Information Science.

Nancy Selover
Research Professor

Selover's research focuses on urban heat island, microclimate, and evaporation. She currently serves as the official climatologist for the state of Arizona.

480-965-0580
 
Susanna Werth
Assistant Research Professor

Werth's work engages in the monitoring, modeling and forecasting the Earth's water mass budget variations using remote sensing data.

480-727-4655
Name
Michael Batty
Distinguished Visiting Professor

Batty is a distinguished visiting professor with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He is director for the Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis and professor of planning at University College London.

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Bob Bolin
Affiliate Faculty

Bolin blends hazards geography, political ecology and critical theory to study environmental justice and human vulnerability to environmental and technological hazards.

480-965-6421
  
Christopher Boone
Affiliate Faculty

Boone's research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change.

480-965-2236
  
Brittany Crow-Miller
Affiliate Faculty

Crow-Miller's research focuses on the question of how power, politics, and technologies work to shape and constrain development pathways and their socio-environmental impacts in China, the Western U.S., and the world.

480-727-6579
Hallie Eakin
Affiliate Faculty

Eakin's research interests include household vulnerability and sustainability of adaptations to global change, governance, globalization, rural development, sustainable food systems, and agricultural change.

480-727-7764
  
Anthony Grubesic
Affiliate Faculty

Grubesic's research and teaching interests are in geographic information science, regional development and public policy evaluation.

Kevin Gurney
Affiliate Faculty

Gurney is an atmospheric scientist and ecologist who studies global change. He focuses on carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels and exchange of carbon with land plants and soils.

Francisco Lara-Valencia
Affiliate Faculty

Lara-Valencia's major areas of inquiry include socio-environmental vulnerability, urban health, regional development, binational planning, and the role of community networks on sustainable development.

480-965-9179
  
Michael E. Smith
Affiliate Faculty

Smith is an archaeologist who research interests include the Aztecs, Teotihuacan, ancient and modern cities (planning, neighborhoods, scaling), and transdisciplinary study.

480-727-9520
 
Jianguo Wu
Affiliate Faculty

Wu is a Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Arizona State University. His research areas include: landscape ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science.

480-965-1063
  
Name
Robert Balling
Professor

Balling has a long history of conducting research on the climate change issue with a special interest in blending in applications involving Geographic Information Systems.

480-965-7533
  
Michael Batty
Distinguished Visiting Professor

Batty is a distinguished visiting professor with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He is director for the Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis and professor of planning at University College London.

4402031083877
Randall Cerveny
President's Professor

Cerveny, professor of geographical sciences, also serves as Rapporteur on Extreme Records for the United Nations/World Meteorological Organization with the responsibility for researching and verifying global weather records.

480-965-7533
  
Netra Chhetri
Associate Professor

Netra Chhetri works to advance innovative approaches to climate adaptation that tie together and link multi-scalar processes between environmental dynamics and social outcomes.

480-727-0747
  
Dylan Connor
Assistant Professor

Connor's research centers on urban-spatial demography, historical immigration, and social inequality.

Patricia Basile
Lecturer

Patricia Basile is an architect and urban planner whose change-oriented research aims to expand agency and access to those who have been historically disempowered and oppressed.

Stephanie Deitrick
Assistant Clinical Professor

Deitrick is the program director for the Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MASGIS) Program. Her research focuses on GIS, decision-making and uncertainty and the use of GIS in public policy decisions.

480-965-7533
 
Ronald Dorn
Professor

Dorn, professor of geography, is also co-coordinator of the Arizona Geographic Alliance, a K-12 outreach program to promote geographic education in Arizona.

480-965-7533
  
Meagan Ehlenz
Assistant Professor

Ehlenz, a certified planner with AICP, focuses research on urban revitalization and community development, with specializations in the role of anchor institutions in urban places and mechanisms for building community wealth.

Stewart Fotheringham
Foundation Professor

Fotheringham is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea whose work focuses on the analysis of spatial data in relation to a variety of areas including health data, crime patterns and migration.

Amy Frazier
Assistant Professor

Frazier’s research interests are focused on the integration of remote sensing, GIS, and landscape ecology to study global environmental change.

Matei Georgescu
Associate Professor, Associate Director for Research-Based Graduate Programs

Georgescu's interests are on human-environment interactions, with research aimed to improve understanding of phenomena related to urbanization-induced landscape change. He is a member of the Urban Climate Research Center.

Patricia Gober
Research Professor

Gober is the founding co-director of the National Science Foundation's Decision Center for a Desert City and previously served on the National Research Council's Committee on Geographical Sciences.

480-965-7533
  
David Hondula
Assistant Professor

Hondula, assistant professor and member of the Urban Climate Research Center, researches the societal impacts of weather and climate, including efforts to learn how individuals experience and cope with extreme heat.

480-965-4794
Peter Kedron
Assistant Professor

Kedron both develops spatial statistical methods and customizes and applies mixed methodologies to study the evolution of the economic landscape and the socio-ecological interactions that shape urban environments.

Jason Kelley
Lecturer

Kelley researches transportation planning, sustainable design, as well as impact of pricing strategies on low-income and transportation-disadvantaged groups.

480-965-7188
  
Joochul Kim
Associate Professor

An expert in community and economic development planning and housing, Kim has a long history of community involvement with government organizations throughout his career.

480-965-2768
  
David King
Assistant Professor

King, an assistant professor in urban planning, focuses his research on the codependence of transportation and land use planning. King is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Paratransit Committee.

480-965-2055
Michael Kuby
Professor

Kuby specializes in transportation, energy, optimal facility location and network design models, and alternative fuels, stations, and vehicles. His research has been funded by NSF, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and NASA.

480-965-6850
  
Elizabeth Larson
Senior Lecturer

Larson's work primary focuses on human and regional geography, including work studying refugee populations in Central America.

480-965-7533
  
Kelli Larson
Professor

Kelli Larson, a professor of geography and sustainability, focuses her work on human-environment interactions and the implications for water governance and urban sustainability.

480-727-3603
  
Professor

Li, a senior Fulbright Scholar to India, focuses her research on ethnic geography, highly-skilled international migration and transnational connections. She is the author of more than 90 journal articles and book chapters.

480-727-6556
  
WenWen Li
Associate Professor

Li's work in geographic information science aims to develop integrated and smart cyber-infrastructure to revolutionize knowledge discovery. Li is a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER award.

480-727-5987
 
Kevin McHugh
Associate Professor

McHugh is a cultural geographer with research interests in geographical thought & theory, geohumanities, post-phenomenology, and more-than-human geographies.

480-965-7533
  
Sara Meerow
Assistant Professor

Meerow combines the disciplines of geography and urban planning as she researches how to make cities more resilient in the face of climate change as well as other social and environmental hazards.

480-965-6501
Soe Myint
Professor

Myint, an expert in remote sensing and GIScience, uses these skills to investigate urban land use land cover, urban climate, drought, desertification and deforestation, agriculture water use, among other issues.

Trisalyn Nelson
Director and Foundation Professor

Nelson's work currently focuses on using spatial and spatial-temporal analyses to track wildlife movement and active transportation. She is also the founder of BikeMaps.org, a crowdsourcing app for bike safety and ridership.

Breandan O hUallachain
Professor

O hUallachain's research interests include economic, industrial location, urban and regional economic development.

480-965-7533
  
Martin Pasqualetti
Professor

Pasqualetti is an energy geographer specializing in the societal aspects of energy, especially renewable energy.

480-965-4548
  
Deirdre Pfeiffer
Associate Professor

Pfeiffer's work focuses on housing and health, the outcomes of the foreclosure crisis and its lasting impact, and issues of equity in relation to housing.

David Pijawka
Professor

Pijawka's research focuses on sustainable planning and design, disaster management and recovery, environmental justice, and Native American community planning.

480-727-7319
  
Erinanne Saffell
Lecturer

Saffell, a climatologist, has interests in understanding risk, vulnerability and resilience in relation to extreme weather events. She is also the director of the SWIFT Weather Camp.

480-965-7533
  
David Sailor
Professor

Sailor's work focuses on the intersection of climate with the built environment. He currently serves on the American Meteorological Society's Board on the Urban Environment and International Association for Urban Climate.

480-965-4082
Deborah Salon
Assistant Professor

Salon researches travel behavior and the built environment, climate policy for transport, and government and transit agency institutions with the goal to inform policies that reduce global automobile dependence.

480-965-7475
Mark Schmeeckle
Professor

Schmeeckle's interest is in landscape mechanics with a primary focus on fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, and surface water processes.

Nancy Selover
Research Professor

Selover's research focuses on urban heat island, microclimate, and evaporation. She currently serves as the official climatologist for the state of Arizona.

480-965-0580
 
John Shaeffer
Principal Lecturer

Shaeffer, a principal lecturer of geography, teaches the introductory World Geography course and numerous specialized regional geography courses.

480-965-3652
  
Daoqin Tong
Associate Professor

Tong's research primarily focuses on the use of spatial analytics including spatial optimization, geographic information system, and spatial statistics to support urban and regional studies concerning location.

480-965-3553
B.L. Turner II
Regents' Professor and Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society

Turner studies human-environment relationships from the ancient Maya to contemporary sustainability science. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, among other honors.

Ian Walker
Professor

Walker is a geomorphologist and surficial geologist well known for his expertise in sediment transport and erosion, aeolian geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, environmental fluid dynamics, and sand dune ecosystems.

480-965-5658
Douglas Webster
Professor

Webster's current interests are in comparative city building and urban dynamics, urban competitiveness and resilience, and peri-urbanization with a primary geographic focus on East Asia.

480-727-0737
  
Elizabeth Wentz
Dean & Professor

Her research interests include: shape and pattern analysis, geographic information science, applications of GIS to urban environment, urban remote sensing and water resource management.

480-965-4144
 
Susanna Werth
Assistant Research Professor

Werth's work engages in the monitoring, modeling and forecasting the Earth's water mass budget variations using remote sensing data.

480-727-4655