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Our nationally- and internationally-recognized faculty includes four 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
Stewart Fotheringham
Regents 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.

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, and American Academy of Arts and 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
  
Trisalyn Nelson
Foundation Professor
Gregory Asner
Professor

Asner is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems and climate change at regional to global scales. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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
  
Kelli Larson
Deputy Director & Professor

Kelli Larson, a professor of geography and sustainability, focuses on human dimensions of natural resource management. She is particularly interested in the social-ecological dynamics of landscape design and planning.

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
  
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 Sailor
Professor

Sailor's work is at the intersection of climate and the built environment. He uses modeling and measurements to evaluate innovative materials, technologies, & strategies for improving indoor and outdoor thermal environments.

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 with expertise in sediment transport and erosion, coastal and aeolian geomorphology, environmental fluid dynamics, sand dune ecosystems, and paleo landscape reconstructions.

480-965-5658
Elizabeth Wentz
Interim Director

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

480-965-7279
 
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.

David Hondula
Associate 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
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
 
Roberta Martin
Associate Professor

Martin’s research incorporates field and laboratory studies of trees and corals with aircraft- and satellite-based maps to understand the biodiversity and health of forests and reefs.

Kevin McHugh
Associate Professor

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

Deirdre Pfeiffer
Associate Professor

Pfeiffer's work focuses on housing and health, housing market disruptions and their lasting impact, and issues of equity in relation to housing.

Deborah Salon
Associate 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
Rashad Shabazz
Associate Professor

Shabazz's academic expertise brings together human geography, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies.

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
Assistant Professor

Connor's research focuses on immigration, demography, intergenerational inequality, and urban and regional development.

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 focus on the integration of remote sensing, GIS, and landscape ecology to study global environmental change.

480-727-7414
Hue-Tam Jamme
Assistant Professor

Jamme explores issues of equitable access to opportunities from a global comparative perspective. Her research interests include urban theory, socio-spatial justice, mobilities, public space, TOD, and affordable housing.

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.

480-727-7820
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
Matthew Quick
Assistant Professor

Quick's research focuses on the development and application of spatial and spatiotemporal analytical methods to place-based and policy-relevant issues in urban planning, urban geography, criminology, and public health.

Name
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
  
Duncan 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
 
Patricia Solis
Executive Director, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at ASU

Solís works at the intersection of academic research, public engagement, and participatory spatial technologies in service to community resilience, development and humanitarian challenges.

480-965-3767
  
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
  
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, spatial analytics, community vulnerability, environmental risk and regional infrastructure systems.

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
  
Ariane Middel
Affiliate Faculty

Middel’s research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of urban climate with focus on climate-sensitive urban form, design, landscapes, and infrastructure in the face of extreme heat and climatic uncertainty.

480-967-2875
  
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 social science research.

480-727-9520
 
Jennifer Vanos
Affiliate Faculty

Vanos is a member of the Urban Climate Research Center studying sustainable and healthy urban spaces with an emphasis on extreme heat, air pollution and children’s health.

480-965-6380
  
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
Gregory Asner
Professor

Asner is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems and climate change at regional to global scales. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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
  
Assistant Professor

Connor's research focuses on immigration, demography, intergenerational inequality, and urban and regional development.

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
Regents 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 focus on the integration of remote sensing, GIS, and landscape ecology to study global environmental change.

480-727-7414
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
Associate 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
Hue-Tam Jamme
Assistant Professor

Jamme explores issues of equitable access to opportunities from a global comparative perspective. Her research interests include urban theory, socio-spatial justice, mobilities, public space, TOD, and affordable housing.

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.

480-727-7820
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
  
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
Deputy Director & Professor

Kelli Larson, a professor of geography and sustainability, focuses on human dimensions of natural resource management. She is particularly interested in the social-ecological dynamics of landscape design and planning.

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
 
Roberta Martin
Associate Professor

Martin’s research incorporates field and laboratory studies of trees and corals with aircraft- and satellite-based maps to understand the biodiversity and health of forests and reefs.

Kevin McHugh
Associate Professor

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

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
Foundation Professor
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, housing market disruptions and their lasting impact, and issues of equity in relation to housing.

Matthew Quick
Assistant Professor

Quick's research focuses on the development and application of spatial and spatiotemporal analytical methods to place-based and policy-relevant issues in urban planning, urban geography, criminology, and public health.

Jose Rosales Chavez
Instructor ABD

Rosales Chavez is an instructor ABD in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He studies the food environment with a focus on community development, access to food and social determinants of health.

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 is at the intersection of climate and the built environment. He uses modeling and measurements to evaluate innovative materials, technologies, & strategies for improving indoor and outdoor thermal environments.

480-965-4082
Deborah Salon
Associate 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
 
Rashad Shabazz
Associate Professor

Shabazz's academic expertise brings together human geography, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies.

Duncan 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, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among other honors.

Ian Walker
Professor

Walker is a geomorphologist with expertise in sediment transport and erosion, coastal and aeolian geomorphology, environmental fluid dynamics, sand dune ecosystems, and paleo landscape reconstructions.

480-965-5658
Elizabeth Wentz
Interim Director

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

480-965-7279