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Bernadette Arakwiye
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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.
Adviser(s): J. Ronald Eastman and John Rogan

Elisa Arond
M.A. Geography, Clark University
M.Sc. Science and Technology for Sustainability, University of Sussex, UK
B.Sc. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst/Commonwealth College
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.
Adviser: Anthony Bebbington

J. Michael Athay
M.Sc. Environmental Policy and Regulation, The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
B.A. French Studies, Brigham Young University
Research Interests: human-environment and nature-society relationships; economic and development geographies; sustainability; political and industrial ecologies; global-south perspectives; critical theories; environmental philosophies, ethics, and justice
Adviser: Karen Frey

Melissa Bollman
M.A. Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware
B.A. Philosophy and Environmental Policy/Science, McDaniel College, Maryland
Research Interests: Nature-Society relationships, political ecology, energy and environmental policy, renewable energy
Adviser: Karen Frey

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

Michael Cecil
M.S. Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (GISDE), Clark University
M.S. Mathematics, University of Washington
B.A. Mathematics and International Relations, Brown University
Research Interests: Applications of GIS and land change modeling to climate change science and climate change policy, risk analysis and vulnerability analysis, participatory GIS
Adviser: Karen Frey

Jacob Chamberlain
M.A. Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy, Goldsmiths College, University of London
B.A. Philosophy, University of Southern Maine
Research Interests: Migration and border studies, political theory, critical theory, continental philosophy, post/decolonial studies, urban-economic geography
Adviser: Mark Davidson

Mwangi Chege
M.A., International Relations and Economics, Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC
B.A., Geography, University of South Africa, Pretoria
Research Interests: urban geography; economic development in developing countries; environmental sustainability; urbanization, health and wellbeing; African cities
Adviser: Karen Frey

William M. Collier
M.E.Sc. Social Ecology, Yale University
B.S. Ecology, University of Georgia
Research Interests: Agroforestry, development theory, environmental history, forest ecology, global production networks, governance, land-use change, political ecology, post-colonial theory.
Adviser: Dianne Rocheleau

Jessica Craigg
B.A. Geography, Georgia College & State University
B.S. Environmental Science, Georgia College & State University
Research Interests: natural hazards, environmental change, vulnerability and adaptation, socioeconomic development, global South (especially East Africa
Adviser: Karen Frey

Janae Davis
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
Adviser: Edward Carr

Carlos Dobler Morales
M.A. Geography, Clark University
M.Sc. Geography, National Autonomous University of Mexico
B.Sc. Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Research Interests:
GIS and Remote Sensing applied to environmental modeling.
Adviser: Rinku Roy Chowdhury

Amy Dundon
M.A. Urban Affairs, University of San Francisco
B.S. Philosophy, Northeastern University
Research Interests: urban geography; race and racism; work and labor; social movements; access, belonging, and citizenship; higher education
Adviser: Karen Frey

Azadeh H. Esfahani
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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.
Adviser: Deborah Martin

Alireza F. Farahani
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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.
Adviser: Yuko Aoyama

Benjamin Fash
B.A. Studio Art, Wesleyan University
Research Interests: Environmental governance, social movements, decolonial thought, social theory, socio-ecological transitions, (post-)development, (post-)extractivism, water, Participatory Action Research, socially engaged art, Honduras.
Adviser: Anthony Bebbington

Clare Gaffey
M.A. Geography, University at Albany
B.S. Environmental Science, University at Albany
Research Interests: remote sensing, unmanned aerial vehicles, arctic systems, cryosphere, climate, phenology
Adviser: Karen Frey

Nicholas Geron
M.S. Ed Education, Leham College CUNY, NY
B.A. Environmental Policy and Analysis and French Literature, Boston University
Research Interests: Use of GIS and Remote Sensing for monitoring land use change and natural resources due to climate change, Urban Ecology and Citizen Science, engaging local communities in Environmental Justice issues
Adviser: John Rogan

Jackie Guz
B. A. Environmental Studies, Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Forest dynamics, GIS, remote sensing biogeography
Adviser: Dominik Kulakowski

Dylan Harris
M.Sc. Environment and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
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.
Adviser: James McCarthy

Marc Healy
B.A. Geography, University of Utah
Research Interests
: Urban Forestry Dynamics and Legacies, Urban Heat Island, Applied GIS and Remote Sensing, Sustainable, Proactive Urban Tree Management Policies
Adviser: John Rogan

Karen Hudlet Vazquez
M.S. International Development Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands
B.S. International Relations, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Mexico
Research Interests: Business and human rights, development theory, environmental governance, land use change, access to lands, participatory action research, social-environmental conflicts, social movements, Latin America, especially Mexico and Central America
Adviser: Karen Frey

Guy Hydrick
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; Environmental Justice; Sustainability; Human dimensions of GIS; Mixed Methods
Adviser(s): Deborah Martin and John Rogan

Catherine Jampel
M.S. Geography and Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University
B.A. History and Literature, Harvard University
Research Interests: Disability, inclusion, labor and livelihoods, political economy, development, feminist theory, the Americas (especially Ecuador, U.S.).
Adviser: Anthony Bebbington

Wenjing Jiang
M.A. Geography, Clark University
BEng Urban Planning, Peking University, China
M.A. Urban Planning, University of Illinois
Research Interests: political economy of nature; theory of social change; with special emphasis on property relations, agrarian transformation, urban and regional development, post-socialist/post-communist transitions, and post-disaster recovery planning.
Adviser: James McCarthy

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

Sam Khallaghi
M.S. Geomatics Lund University, Sweden
M.S. GIS and RS with focus on land and water resources Tabriz University, Iran
B.S. Forestry Agriculture and Natural Resource University of Gorgan, Iran
Research interests: Spatial databases, Web Mapping, Spatial Ontology, Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
Adviser: J. Ronald Eastman

Roopa Krithivasan
M.E.Sc. Environmental Science, Yale University
B.A. Biology, University of Chicago
Research Interests: Land use change, applications of GIS and remote sensing, natural resource management and conflicts, human-wildlife interactions, environmental governance
Adviser: John Rogan

Richard Kruger
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.
Adviser: Deborah Martin

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

Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff
B.A. Geography, Georgia College and State University
B.A. Environmental Science , Georgia College and State University
Research Interests: the social, economic, and ecological legacy of industrial contamination in urban waterways
Adviser: Karen Frey

David Lukens
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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
Adviser: Mark Davidson

Mario Machado
M.S. Geography, Penn State University
B.S. Biological Anthropology, Penn State University
Research Interests: Political ecology, small-scale agriculture, social justice, and development.
Adviser: Edward Carr

Alex Moulton
M.S. Geography, East Carolina University
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
Adviser: James McCarthy

Patrick Bright Mutegeki
M.Phil. Development Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
B.A. Tourism, Makerere University, Uganda
Fulbright PhD Fellow, USA
Research Interests: Livelihood Studies: With specific interest on effects of livelihood strategies on household poverty; Place-based household livelihood analysis in the Global South.
Advisers: Dianne Rocheleau

Scott Odell
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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.
Adviser: Anthony Bebbington

Helen Rosko
M.S. Geography, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
B.A. Political Science, College of Charleston
Research Interests: rural livelihoods, development geography, climate services, aid and adaptation, vulnerability and resilience, vulnerable populations, information flows, gender and identity
Adviser: Edward Carr

Inge Salo 
M.A. Geography, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
B.A. Anthropology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Research Interests: South African urbanism, place-making, urban displacement, urban resistance.
Adviser: Asha Best

Sarah SanGiovanni
M.U.P. Urban Planning, The State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A. English, The State University of New York at Binghamton
B.A. Environmental Studies, The State University of New York at Binghamton
Research Interests: Nature-society relationships, political ecology, urban geography
Adviser: Deborah Martin and James McCarthy

Ali Santacruz Delgado
M. A. Geography, Clark University
M.Sc. Geomatics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogata
B.Sc. Forest Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin
Research Interests: Geographic information science, spatial statistics, applications of remote sensing, natural resources management.
Adviser: John Rogan

Melishia Santiago
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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.
Adviser: Karen Frey

Dan Santos
B.A. (Honours), Geography and English Literature, University of Melbourne, Australia
B.Sc. Environmental Science and Genetics, University of Melbourne, Australia
Research interests: science and technology studies; biotechnologies and genetics; nature-society relations; innovation; science and democracy; materiality
Adviser: James Murphy

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

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

Surendra Shrestha
M.S. Forestry, University of Georgia
B.A. Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Research Interests: Land use change modeling, Hydrologic process modeling, Ecohydrologic impacts of land use change, Land-Atmosphere interaction.
Adviser: Christopher Williams

Lei Song
M.S. 3S, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China
B.S. GIS, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China
Research Interests: Remote Sensing and GIS, Land-cover/land-use change, Human-Environment interactions, Ecological modeling, Machine learning.
Adviser: Lyndon Estes

Nathaniel Strosberg
B.S. Political Science, Union College
M.R.P. (Regional Planning), State University of New York at Albany
M.L.A. (Landscape Architecture), Rhode Island School of Design
Research Interests: Spatial theory, urban geography, musical geography, municipal governance, landscape design.
Adviser: Karen Frey

Kaner Turker
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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.
Adviser: James Murphy

Mara van den Bold
MSc. Anthropology and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
B.A. Anthropology and Latin American Studies, Union College, USA
Research interests: political ecology, development theory, natural resource conflicts, indigenous social movements, agrarian change, food sovereignty and nutrition, Latin America, West Africa.
Adviser: James McCarthy

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

Brittany Lauren Wheeler
M.A. Forced Migration Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
M.A. International Museum Studies, University of Gothenburg
B.A. English, University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: legal geography, moral geography, environmental migration, spatial justice, reparation/restitution, historical justice and anticipatory futures, geographies of care, death and dying, museum geographies
Adviser: Deborah Martin

Leslie Wyrtzen
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
Adviser(s): Deborah Martin and Jody Emel

Su Ye
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
Adviser(s): John Rogan and J. Ronald Eastman

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

Luisa Young
M.Sc. Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (GISDE), Clark University
B.Sc. Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), University of Hawaii at Manoa
Research Interests: Remote Sensing and GIS, Ecological Modeling, Global Environmental Change, Water Resources, Pacific Islands, Ethnobotany
Adviser: Karen Frey and John Rogan

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