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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: Yuko Aoyama

Arman Bajracharya
B.S. Ecology and Field Biology, St. Cloud State University
Research Interests: Studying the impacts of urbanization on the fragmentation of vegetative land.
Adviser: Rinku Roy Chowdhury

Thomas Bilintoh
M.Sc. In Geography, Michigan State University
B.Sc. in Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana.
Research interests: GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Cognition and Uncertainty in spatial data.
Adviser: Robert Pontius

Melissa Bollman-Shih
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: James McCarthy

Andrea Cabrera Roa
M.Sc. Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University
B.A. Anthropology, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru
Research interests: Human-Nature relationships, political ecology, environmental governance, socio-environmental conflicts, socio-ecological vulnerability, indigeneity in the Peruvian amazon.
Adviser(s): Anthony Bebbington and 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: Lyndon Estes

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, Southern Urbanism, Agrarian studies, Rural-Urban linkages and relations.
Adviser: James Murphy

Maria del Pilar Delpino Marimon
Master in Regional Planning (MRP), Cornell University
B.A. in Geography, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Research Interests: globalisms, feminist political ecology, political geography, critical infrastructure studies, western Amazon, critical visualization, and digital humanities.
Adviser: Anthony Bebbington

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: Asha Best

Benjamin Fash
M.A. Geography, Clark University
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

Patrick Geiger
M.Sc. Geography, George Washington University
B.A. Geography and International Relations, George Washington University
Research Interests: Urban Geography, Legal Geography, Racial Capitalism, Carceral Geography, Criminalization.
Adviser: Asha Best

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

María José Guillén Araya
Bachelor and Licentiate in Political Science, University of Costa Rica
Research Interests: tourism, feminist political economy, feminist geopolitics, decolonial thought, race and racism, Central America.”
Adviser: Asha Best

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

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

Ashley Hoffman
B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Research Interests: Forest Ecology, Forest Disturbances, Forest Health.
Adviser: Dominik Kulakowski

Emily Holloway
M.S. Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College
B.A. Government, Smith College
Research Interests: historical geography, racial capitalism, mobilities, Atlantic studies
Adviser: Asha Best

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(s): Anthony Bebbington and James McCarthy

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

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

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: Lyndon Estes

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(s): John Rogan and Rinku Roy Chowdhury

Madeline Kroot
B.A. Geography and Linguistics, Dartmouth College
Research Interests:  Energy geographies with a particular focus on the political ecology of energy transmission projects in the US North-East, and their implications for just energy transitions.
Adviser: James McCarthy

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

Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff
B.A. Earth & Environmental Science, Wesleyan University
Research Interests: Energy Justice and transitions, Science and Technology Studies, Critical Physical Geography, Applied GIS, Citizen Science and low-cost sensors, Community-Based Participatory Research, Mixed Methods
Adviser: John Rogan

Vanchy Weizhi Li
M.S. Environmental Science and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
B.S. GIS, Fujian Normal University
Research Interests: GIS and Remote sensing, Environmental change on health, and land cover/land use on biodiversity.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

Jacob Mitchell
M.L.A (Landscape Architecture), University of Toronto
B.E.S (Environmental Studies), York University
Research Interests: Urban infrastructure and climate change adaptation. Urban forestry. Caribbean and Gulf Coast urbanism. Landscape visualization, cartography, and environmental rhetoric.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

Spandan Pandey
MSc Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
BTech Information Technology, West Bengal University of Technology
Research Interests: Political ecology of climate change, vulnerability and adaptation,  urban spaces, climate ethics, and environmental governance.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

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: Urban sustainability transitions, urban planning and governance, infrastructure, place-making.
Adviser(s): Deborah Martin and James Murphy

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

Eunyeong Song
M.A Geography Education, Seoul National University
B.A. Social Studies Education (Geography Education), Jeju National University
Research Interests: Export Crops, Spices, Food Chains, Agricultural Commodities Change, International Food Trade, Agrarian Change, Regional Development, Global Production Networks, Commodity Chains and Networks, Development Studies, East and Southeast Asia.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

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

Shiqi Tao
M.S. Geography, Michigan State University
B.S. Geography, Chengdu University of Technology, China
Research Interests: Forest change monitoring, as well as traits that affect forest responses to climate change.
Adviser(s): John Rogan and Florencia Sangermano

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

Gisselle Vila-Benites
M.A. Environmental Development, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
B.A. Sociology, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Research Interests: political ecology, resource geographies, elite power, natural resource governance, artisanal and small-scale mining, energy transition, Latin America.
Adviser: Anthony Bebbington

Julia Wagner
B.A. in International Affairs, The George Washington University
Research Interests: civic data, political economy, property, commons, urban planning.
Adviser: James McCarthy

William Westgard-Cruice
MSc. Urban and Economic Geography, Utrecht University
B.A. Economics and Geography, Utrecht University
Research Interests: Critique of political economy, dialectical method, production of space, labor geography, energy geography, geographies of education.
Adviser: James McCarthy

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

Li Xi
M.A., Geography, Binghamton University
B.A., Geography, Binghamton University
Research Interests: Describing long-term forest transitions with time series Landsat imagery; Estimating urbanization at subpixel level with time series models; Mapping continuous forest disturbance and recovery activities to assess carbon dynamics in the ecosystem.
Adviser: Christopher Williams

Sitian Xiong
M.S. GIS, Clark University
B.S. in Geography, University of Wyoming
B.E. Land Resource Management, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China
Research Interests: Remote sensing, Agriculture, Machine Learning.
Adviser: Lyndon Estes

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(s): Karen Frey and John Rogan

Aiyin Zhang
M.S. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
B.S. Beijing Forestry University
Research Interests: Time-series remote sensing, Temporal GIS, Land-use and Land-cover Change, Forest Disturbances Monitoring, Spatial-temporal analysis.
Adviser: Robert Pontius and John Rogan

Anna Zhu
M.S. Geography, The George Washington University
B.A. Geography, The George Washington University
B.S. Economics, The George Washington University
Research Interests: Arctic systems, climate change, cryosphere, and GIS/Remote Sensing.
Advisor: Mark Davidson

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