Stained glass from the Geography building at Clark

Current Doctoral Students

Arakwiye, Bernadette 
M.S. Environmental Science, Antioch University
B.S. Biology National University of Huye, Rwanda
Research Interests: Application of GIS and Remote Sensing to ecology and conservation biology in tropical landscapes.
Advisor(s): J. Ronald Eastman and John Rogan

Arond, Elisa
M.Sc. Science & Technology for Sustainability, University of Sussex, UK
B.Sc. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst/Commonwealth College, USA
Research Interests: Science, technology and innovation policy; grassroots innovation and rural livelihoods; the role of scientific evidence and evaluation of risk in social-environmental conflict and policy decisions; Latin America, especially Colombia.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Bornschlegl, Teresa
M.Sc. Human Ecology, University Lund, Sweden
B.A. History and Spanish Studies, University Konstanz, Germany
Research Interests: Critical development theory, legal geography, mining and hydrocarbon industry, access to environmental justice/judiciary, CLS, Latin America.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Bravo, Mireya
B.A. Anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
Research Interests: Environmental governance, political ecology, biodiversity conservation, environmental institutions, natural resource management, development, South America.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Cai, Yifan
B.S. and M.S. Geography, Peking University
Research Interests: Industrial geography, political-industrial ecology, political economy, work and labour, technology and innovation, cyberspace, China.
Advisor: Yuko Aoyama

Cantor, Alida
M.S. Community & Regional Development, University of California Davis, USA, 2008
B.A. Geography, Simon's Rock College, USA, 2005
Research interests: Political ecology, water resources, waste, urban ecology, food systems, climate change.
Advisors: Jody Emel and Dianne Rocheleau

Chamberlain, Jacob
M.A. Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy, Goldsmiths College, University of London
B.A. Philosophy, University of Southern Maine
Research Interests: Urban-economic geography, spatial theory, post/de-colonial studies, migration studies, political economy, development theory, environmental/geospatial segregation, critical theory, political/cultural ecology, resource geography
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Collier, William M
M.E.Sc. Social Ecology, Yale University, USA, 2010
B.S. Ecology, University of Georgia, USA, 2006
Research Interests: Agrarian History, Agroforestry, Food Systems, GIS, Land-Use Change, Mixed Methods, Political Ecology, Remote Sensing, Resource-Use Conflicts, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Advisor: Dianne Rocheleau

Cuba, Nick
M.S. GIS for Development & Environment, Clark University, USA
B.A. Geology, Amherst College, USA
Research Interests: Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing, Land change Analysis and Modeling, Web Mapping.
Advisor: John Rogan

Dammert, Juan Luis
B.A. Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
Research Interests: Political ecology, large scale projects, hydroelectric dams, palm oil, illegal gold mining, Peru, Amazonia.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Davis, Janae
M.A. Geography, University of South Carolina
B.A. Sociology (Anthropology Concentration), North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Natural resources and disadvantaged groups, linking political ecology and environmental justice frameworks, applications of Global South issues and natural resource management strategies to the Global North, participatory management, participatory action research, ethnographic methods
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Dobler, Carlos
B.Sc. Biology and M.Sc. Geography, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
GIS and Remote Sensing applied to environmental modeling.
Advisor: Deborah Martin

Elmes, Arthur
M.A. Geography, West Virginia University, USA
B.A. Geography, West Virginia University, USA
Research Interests: Remote sensing, landscape ecology, invasive species, GIScience.
Advisor: John Rogan

Esfahani, Azadeh H.
M.A. Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada
M.B.A. Sharif University, Iran
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University, Iran
Research Interests: Place-making and identity building, Social learning and social change processes, Sustainable community and neighborhood development, Community-based urban planning and development, Citizen empowerment and capacity-building.
Advisor: Deborah Martin

Farahani, Alireza F.
M.A. Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada
M.B.A. Sharif University, Iran
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University, Iran
Research Interests: Socio-economic development, Development policy and practice, Developing countries, Middle-east, Economic geography, Learning regions Community development, Social Learning, Pragmatism Philosophy, Realist social theory, Phronetic research, Qualitative methods, action research.
Advisor: James Murphy

Fash, Benjamin
B.A. Studio Art, Wesleyan University
Research Interests: Political ecology, climate change, commons, rural livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, agroforestry, food systems, economic geography, environmental governance, international development, participatory urban and regional planning, Central America.
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Gallagher, Emily
M.S. Horticulture, Cornell University, USA
B.S. Natural Resource Conservation & Management, University of Kentucky, USA
Research Interests: Agriculture/resource geography, smallholder agriculture and rural development, agroforestry, spatial planning, GIS.
Advisor: Dianne Rocheleau

Gill, Nathan
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B.S. GIS, Brigham Young University, USA
Research interests: Forest dynamics, remote sensing, landscape ecology, compounded disturbance, invasive species
Advisor: Dominik Kulakowski

Harris, Dylan
M.Sc. Environment and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science
B.A. Political Science and Religion, University of Southern Mississippi
Research Interests: cultural/political ecology; climate change narratives; alternative ecological knowledge in high mountain communities; re-imagining climate change policy; GIS and storytelling.
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Hernandez-Espino, Fernando
M.A. Rural Development, University of East Anglia, UK
B.A. Economics and Social Anthropology, University of East Anglia, UK
Research Interests: Political ecology, international land grabs, agrarian movements, rural livelihoods, food systems, Latin America.
Advisor: Dianne Rocheleau

Hydrick, Guy
M.Sc. Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Central European University/University of Manchester/Lund University
B.A. Geography and International Studies, Millersville University
Research Interests: Urban Forestry; Water quality/hydrology; Spatial optimization; Political ecology; Enviromental Justice; Sustainability; Human dimensions of GIS; Mixed Methods
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Jampel, Catherine
M.A. Geography and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University, USA
B.A. History and Literature, Harvard University, USA
Research Interests: Development, political economy, rural livelihoods, food systems, feminist science studies, the Americas (especially Ecuador, US).
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Jiang, Wenjing
BEng Urban Planning, Peking University
M.A. Urban Planning, University of Illinois
Research Interests: land use and environmental urban planning, disaster recovery planning, human-environment issues in land use/cover change.
Advisor: James McCarthy

Jiao, Tong
B.S. Geography, Beijing Forest University
M.S. Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research Interests: terrestrial ecosystems energy, carbon and water cycles, leaf canopy and carbon absorption over forest areas.
Advisor: Christopher Williams

Johnson, Adrienne
M.A. Geography, York University, Canada, 2010
B.A. Political Science and International Development (Honors), York University, Canada, 2007
Research Interests: Political Ecology, Environment and Development, Science Studies, Environmental Governance, NGOs, Palm oil, Indonesia, South America.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Kay, Kelly
B.A. Environmental Studies, Lewis and Clark College, USA
Research Interests: Nature-society geography, political economy of the environment, land trusts and conservation easements, governance, critical theory, the American West, the Balkans.
Advisor: James McCarthy

Kenney-Lazar, Miles
B.A. Geography and International Studies, University of Miami, USA
Research Interests: Political ecology, foreign land investment, land tenure systems, natural resource development, Laos.
Advisor: Jody Emel

Kim, Young-Long
M.A. Geography, Seoul National University, South Korea
B.A. Economics, Seoul National University, South Korea
Research Interests: Economic geography, regional development, technological change, innovation, knowledge, network, East Asia.
Advisor: Yuko Aoyama

Knudson, Christopher
M.A. Globalization Studies, McMaster University, Canada, 2010
B.A. History, Carleton University, Canada, 2009
Research Interests: Risk, vulnerability, financialization, globalization, private governance, Caribbean.
Advisor: James McCarthy

Krithivasan, Roopa
M.E.Sc. Environmental Science, Yale University, USA, 2010
B.A. Biology, University of Chicago, 2007
Research Interests: Land use change, applications of GIS and remote sensing, natural resource management and conflicts, human-wildlife interactions, environmental governance
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Kruger, Richard
M.A. Geography, Rutgers University
B.A. Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University
Research Interests: Urban political ecology of infrastructure; innovations in urban infrastructures through frameworks of sustainability, resilience, and adaptation and the impacts for urban space and place-making; the politics of urban infrastructures; digital technologies and urban space; comparative urbanism; social theory and new / speculative materialisms.
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Lam, Son Ca
M.A. Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
B.A. Comparative Ethnic Studies and Environment, Earth, & Ocean Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Research Interests: Displacement, Forced Migration, Place-making, Language, Ethnic Studies, Community Building and Development, Grassroots Movement.
Advisor: Deborah Martin

Locke, Dexter
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M.E.Sc. Environmental Science, Yale University, USA, 2013
B.S. Natural Resource Planning, Forestry & Economics, University of Vermont, USA, 2009
Research Interests: Emerging roles of geospatial technology in urban environmental planning and collaborative decision making, residential landscapes in urban and suburban areas, sociological theories of the middle range, and the intersection of science and policy on urban and community forestry.
Advisor: Rinku Roy Chowdhury

Lukens, David
M.S. International Studies, Central Connecticut State University
B.A. History, Illinois State University
Research Interests: Gentrification and displacement, informal settlement formation and political organization, East Asian cities, urban agriculture, urban development in the global south
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

MacLean, Rich
M.Sc. Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire, USA
B.Sc. Biology, Western Washington University, USA
Research Interests: Carbon and nitrogen cycling in natural and actively managed ecosystems, effects of sustainable agriculture and management on ecosystem services and nutrient cycling.
Advisor: Christopher Williams

Meng, Kathryn-Louise
M.Sc. International Development: Environment & Development, University of Manchester, UK, 2010
B.A. Geography and Peace & Conflict Studies, Colgate University, USA, 2009
Research Interests: Political ecology, sustainability, global environmental change, political economy, critical theory.
Advisor: Richard Peet

Mietkiewicz, Nate
M.S. GIS for Development & Environment, Clark University, USA, 2013
B.S. Earth Science, University of Maine, USA, 2009
Research Interests: Applications of environmental GIS and Remote Sensing, fire behavior and fuels modeling, forest and disturbance ecology, mountain ecosystems, global environmental change.
Advisor: Dominik Kulakowski

Moulton, Alex
M.S. Geography, East Carolina University, USA
B.Sc. Geography and Geology, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Research Interests: tropical agriculture, rural livelihoods, sustainable development, fisheries management, climate change, social justice, water resources
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Mutegeki, Patrick Bright
M.Phil. Development Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
B.A. Tourism, Makerere University, Uganda
Fullbright PhD Fellow, USA
Research Interests: Livelihood Studies; Effects of Livelihood Strategies on Livelihood Vulnerabilities of Communities Neighboring Conservation Areas.
Advisors: Dianne Rocheleau and James Murphy

Nguon, Pheakkdey
M.A. International Development and Environmental Analysis, Monash University, Australia, 2009
B.Ed. Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2006
Research Interests: UN-REDD Programme, World Bank's FCPF, Sustainability Science, Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions, Cambodia.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Nirmal, Padini
M.A. International Development & Social Change, Clark University, USA, 2010
M.A. Communication, Madras Christian College, India, 2008
B.A. Economics, Stella Maris College, India, 2006
Research Interests: Indigeneity, Resistance Studies, Adivasi Politics, Decolonial Theory and Philosophy, Feminist Geography, Ontological Politics, Indigenous resistance movements, Feminist Political Ecology.
Advisors: Dianne Rocheleau and Jody Emel

Odell, Scott
B.S.F.S. Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA), Georgetown University
Research Interests: Rural livelihoods, development geography, indigenous social movements, Latin America, Andean region, climate change.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Petersen-Smith, Khury
M.A. Education, Tufts University, USA, 2009
B.Sc. Multidisciplinary Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, 2004
Research Interests: Critical Geography of US military interventions.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

Santacruz, Ali
M.Sc. Geomatics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogata, 2010
B.Sc. Forest Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, 2004
Research Interests: Geographic information science, spatial statistics, applications of remote sensing, natural resources management.
Advisor: John Rogan

Santiago, Melishia
B.S. Biology and M.S. Geography, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Research Interests: Impacts of sea ice cover and the biogeochemistry in the Pacific Arctic Region using field data and remote sensing.
Advisor: Karen Frey

Sauls, Laura
B.A. International Relations/Environment Science & Policy, The College of William & Mary
M. Phil. Development Studies, University of Oxford, UK
Research Interests: development theory, political ecology, natural resources management, international environmental governance, Central America.
Advisor: Anthony Bebbington

Shake, Kristen L.
M.S. Chemical Oceanography, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA, 2011
B.S. Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA, 2009
Research Interests: Arctic marine policy, polar climate change, law & geography, resource extraction in the Arctic, U.S. & Canadian Arctic policy relations, science communication, science/policy interface.
Advisor: Karen Frey and Deborah Martin

Shelton, Taylor
M.A. Geography, University of Kentucky, USA, 2011
B.A. Geography and Political Science, University of Kentucky, USA, 2008
Research Interests: Geographic thought and methodology, cities, 'big data', internet geography, science and technology studies, relational and territorial dimensions of urban governance.
Advisor: James Murphy

Sphar, Jefferson Alex
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Kansas, USA, 2007
M.B.A. International Business, University of Kansas, USA, 2007
B.A. Mechanical Engineering, Witchita State University, USA 2002
Research Interests: Intersection of Development Studies, Economic Geography, Political Economy, and Political Philosophy, Behavior of 'the state' in national and international spheres, Latin America, specifically Brazil.
Advisor: James Murphy

Surprise, Kevin
M.A. International Development & Social Change, Clark University, USA, 2010
B.A. Geography, Framingham State University, USA, 2008
Research Interests: Political geography, political economy of the environment, critical social theory, the geopolitics of climate change, environmental governance and the green economy, US climate engineering policy, theories of climate justice.
Advisor: Richard Peet

Tapp, Renee
M.A. Geography & Urban Studies, Temple University, USA
B.A. International Studies and Religious Studies, Butler University, USA
Research interests: Critical Theory, Urban Politics, Architecture, Modernism.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

Turker, Kaner
B.A. and M.A. Dept. of Economics, Bogazici University, Turkey
Research Interests: Economic geography and development, emphasis on income distribution, poverty, well-being and economically excluded groups and regional disparities.
Advisor: James Murphy

Wenderlich, Michelle
M.A. Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
B.A. Music, SUNY Stony Brook, USA
Research Interests: State theory and political philosophy, political ecology, political economy, commons, energy, climate justice, alternatives to privatization, participatory democracy.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

Wyrtzen, Leslie Gross
B.A., M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: Political ecology, green governmentality, transnational migration, Middle East/North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Ye, Su
M.S. Environmental Studies, Queen’s University, Canada
B.A. Forestry Science, Beijing Forestry University, China
Research Interests: Remote sensing, Land-cover change detection, Image processing, Machine Learning
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

York, Ashley
M.S. Applied Geospatial Sciences, Northern Arizona University, USA
B.S. Geography and Statistics, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Research Interests: Glaciology, the cryosphere, climate change, remote sensing, photogrammetry, radar.
Advisor: Karen Frey

Zhang, Kaixi
M.S. Earth Observation, University of Leuven, Belgium
B.S. Geographical Information Science, Wuhan University, China
Research Interests: Application of GIS and Remote Sensing to land change science
Advisor: R. Gilmore Pontius

Zhang, Yueming
M.Phil. Geography, The University of Hong Kong, 2011
B.A. Urban & Regional Management, Peking University, China, 2009
Research Interests: Urban politics and planning, public space, gentrification and displacement, art and culture industry, state-society relations, political economy, China.
Advisor: Deborah Martin

Zhou, Yu
M.S. Cartography & GIS, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
B.E. Remote Sensing Science & Technology, Shandong University of Science and Technology, China
Research Interests: ecological modeling; global change; ecosystem carbon and water cycling; human

Zhu, Zhiwen
B.Eng. Remote Sensing Information Engineering, Wuhan University
M.Sc. Cartography and GIS, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research Interests: remote sensing of vegetation, applications of remote sensing and GIS in ecology.
Advisor: John Rogan