Jordan Smith

Ph.D. Geography
Graduate Assistant/Associate

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Jordan P. Smith was born in Hanau, Hesse, Germany (US Army) and lived in Washington D.C. until he was five. His family then moved to Denton, Texas where he spent most of his childhood. He attended Rice University for his undergraduate where he was (and remains) a member of Baker College and earned degrees in Earth Science and Environmental Science. He spent several more years in Houston working as an environmental geologist.

He enjoys both the eating and cooking food, collecting art and rocks, and attending estate sales. Mr. Smith is active in the ASU chapter of oSTEM and is the founder, former President, and Vice President of the SGSUP Graduate Student Committee.


2017 - M.A. (Geography) Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

2010 - B.S. (Earth Science) Rice University, Houston, Texas

2010 - B.A. (Environmental Science) Rice University, Houston, Texas


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Research Interests

Mr. Smith is a human-environment geographer, and his interests lie in how humans and the environment, particularly the urban environment, interact with one another He is most interested in studying urban social-ecological systems in the context of global environmental change and how the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods can improve the development of urban green infrastructure.

Research Group

Environmental Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab

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Heather A. Fischer, Peter Crank, Ryan Heintzman, Jordan P. Smith (eds). 2018. Introduction to Physical Geography: Lab Manual. Hayden-McNeil, Plymouth, MI.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles-In Progress
Smith, J.P., Zhang, Y., Tong, D., Turner II, B.L. Evaluating the Synergies and Tradeoffs of Urban Heat and Food Deserts through Spatially-Optimized Urban Community Garden Planning (Manuscript in Progress)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles-Submitted/Published

Smith, J.P., Meerow, S., Turner II, B.L. Planning Urban Community Gardens Strategically through Multicriteria Decision Analysis. (Manuscript in Review)

Oshan, T.M., Smith, J.P. & Fotheringham, A.S. Targeting the spatial context of obesity determinants via multiscale geographically weighted regression. Int J Health Geogr 19, 11 (2020).

Uludere Aragon, N., Stuhlmacher, M., Smith, J. P., Clinton, N., & Georgescu, M. (2019). Urban agriculture’s bounty: contributions to Phoenix’s sustainability goals. Environmental Research Letters, 14(10), 105001.

Smith, J. P., Li, X., & Turner, B. L. (2017). Lots for greening: Identification of metropolitan vacant land and its potential use for cooling and agriculture in Phoenix, AZ, USA. Applied Geography, 85, 139–151.

Research Activity

Environmental Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab

Arizona State University: 06/2015-Present

Graduate Research Assistant to B.L. Turner, II

  • Conducted transdisciplinary research on utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods applied to studies on urban land system science, urban garden siting and development, and obesity
  • Experienced in spatial and statistical analyses, creating and managing large-scale datasets, and survey development and analysis
  • Experienced in collaborating with scholars from multiple disciplines and engaging citizen stakeholders in applied research
  • Lead author on three research projects composed of researchers from geography, urban planning, and agricultural economics

Institute of Applied Sciences

University of North Texas: 01/2005-08/2006

Undergraduate Researcher for Sam Atkinson

  • Classified remotely sensed imagery to assess development impacts within the Trinity River Watershed


Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography


Lots for Greening: Identification of Metropolitan Vacant Land and Its Potential Use for Cooling and Agriculture in Phoenix, AZ. Invited Colloquium Speaker, Morrison School of Agribusiness, ASU, November 8, 2017

Lots for Greening: Identification of Metropolitan Vacant Land and Its Potential Use for Cooling and Agriculture in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presentation, USDA-NIFA AFRI Bioeconomy, Climate Agroecosystems Annual Project Director Meeting, October 22, 2017

Lots of potential: Identification of metropolitan vacant land and its potential use for urban agriculture and cooling effects. Poster presentation, CAP LTER Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 13, 2017

Lots of Potential: Urban vacant land identification from high resolution remote sensing imagery." Session presentation at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1, 2016


Graduate Service Award (SGSUP, Arizona State University): 2015, 2020

Anthony J. Brazel Research Award (Arizona State University): 2018

Graduate College Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2018

University Graduate Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2016

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences LGBT Leadership Graduate Student Award (Arizona State University): 2016

Gilbert F. White Environment and Society Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2015-2016

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship: 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2014-2015

Baker College  Senior Fellow and Student Service Award (Rice University): 2010

Geoffrey James Norris Memorial Scholarship (Rice University): 2008, 2009

Rice University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Assoc. Award: 2009

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science Summer Research Grant: 2005

Chester O. Strickland Middle School Geography Bee Champion: 2002, 2003

Professional Associations

American Association of Geographers                                                                      2015 - Present

Rice Young Alumni Association                                                                                 2010 - Present

Houston Geological Society                                                                                      2011 - 2014

American Indian Science and Engineering Society                                                  2005 - Present


SGSUP Graduate Student Committee                                                                      

Vice President (2018 - 2019, 2019 - 2020)

Founder & President (2015 - 2016)

Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission                                                                      

Volunteer Undergraduate Admissions Interviewer (2010 - Present)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (ASU Chapter)              

Treasurer (2018 - 2019.)

Graduate Mentor (2017 - 2018)

American of Association Geographers                                                                      

Applied Geography Graduate Student Representative (2018 - 2019)

ASU Graduate & Professional Student Association                                                 

Travel Grant Reviewer (2014 - 2017)


Kleinfelder, Inc., Houston, Texas: 06/2011-07/2014

Environmental Geologist

  • Conducted Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments, subsurface investigations, soil and groundwater sampling, environmental compliance audits at oil and gas and hazardous waste facilities and interpreted analytical data and assisted with regulatory compliance and permitting in accordance with state and federal guidelines
  • Participated in RCRA Permit Renewal Applications for two commercial industrial hazardous waste treatment facilities and over ten RCRA Permit Modification Applications, acting as lead author of facility siting, site geology, contingency planning, and detection monitoring program sections

Industry Positions

Port of Houston Authority, Houston, Texas: 06/2007-08/2007

Environmental Affairs Department Intern

  • Conducted research for diesel engine retrofitting initiative for off-road cargo handling equipment
  • Assisted in the compilation of a ship traffic study used in the 2007 Goods Movement Air Emissions Inventory