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Full-time Faculty

tom ballinger

Dr. Thomas Ballinger

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Kent State University, 2015
Research Interests:  Arctic Change, Cryosphere-Climate Interactions, Synoptic Climatology


sarah blue

Dr. Sarah Blue

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
Research Interests:  Latin America, Population, Migration

Edwin Chow

Dr. Edwin Chow

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of South Carolina, 2005
Research Interests:  GIS, Environmental Modeling, Big Data Analytics, Population Estimation, Hazards

nathan currit

Dr. Nathan Currit

Associate Professor & DirectorTexas Center for Geographic Information Science
Ph.D., Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Research Interests:  Uncertainty and Change in Human-Environment Systems, Remote Sensing and Land-Cover Change

rene dehon

Dr. Rene DeHon

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Geology/Geochemistry, Texas Tech University, 1970
Research Interests:   Mineralogy, Petrology, Planetary  Geology


rich dixon

Dr. Richard Dixon

Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 1996
Research Interests: Climatology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Environmental Geography, Quantitative Methods, Hazards

ron hagelman

Dr. Ron Hagelman

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Environmental Geography, Texas State University, 2002
Research Interests: Environmental Geography, Hazards and Disasters, Historical Geography, Land Management and Conservation, Urban Environment / Agriculture

suzon jammes

Dr. Suzon Jammes

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Université of Strasbourg, Geology/GeoPhysics, 2009
Research Interests: Tectonic, Rheology, Deformation Processes at Lithospheric Scale in Extension and Contraction

injeong jo

Dr. Injeong Jo

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 2011
Research Interests: Geography and Spatial Thinking Education, Geography and Social Studies Teacher Preparation, Geospatial Technologies for Education, Assessment in Geography

thomas larsen

Dr. Thomas Barclay Larsen

Lecturer and Senior Research Associate, The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
M.A., Geography, Kansas State University, 2016
Ph.D., Geography, Kansas State University, 2018
Research Interests:  Geography Education, Human-Environment Relationship, Place, Learning Progressions

tim loftus

Dr. Timothy Loftus

Professor of Practice and Meadows Endowed Chair in Water Conservation
Ph.D., Geography, Southern Illinois  University Carbondale, 2000
Research Interests: Water Supply Planning, Watershed Planning, Water-Use Conservation and Efficiency, Drought Preparedness, Water Policy, Utility Water Loss

robert mace

Dr. Robert Mace

Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
Research Interests: Water Policy, Policy and Science, Water Resources, Water Planning, Stakeholder Processes, Numerical Groundwater Flow Modeling, Water Conservation, Innovative Water Technologies

osvaldo muniz-solari

Dr. Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari

Ph.D., Geography, University of Tennessee, 1991
Research Interests: Population, Transportation, Economic Geography Flows, World Regional Networks, Geography Education


andrew sansom

Dr. Andrew Sansom

Professor of Practice
Executive Director, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Ph.D., Texas State University, Geographic Education, 2013



Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Savelyev

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015
Research Interests: Geovisualization and Geovisual Analytics, Cartography, and Visual Cognition


john tiefenbacher

Dr. John Tiefenbacher

Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers University, 1992
Research Interests: Environmental Geography, Hazards & Disasters, Air Quality, Environmental Problems of the US-Mexico Borderlands, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, States of the Former Soviet Union, Geography of Viniculture, Historical Environmental Geography, Genealogy & GIS

dolores van der kolk

Dr. Dolores van der Kolk

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
Research Interests: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleoenvironment Reconstructions, Basin Analysis, Arctic and Petroleum Geology


yihong yuan

Dr. Yihong Yuan

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
Research Interests: GIScience, Spatio-Temporal Data Mining, Human Mobility Modeling and Travel Behavior

denise blanchard-boehm

Denise Blanchard

Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1992
Research Interests:  Natural and Environmental Hazards, Economic Geography, Environmental Studies, Research Methods, Historical Geography

richard boehm

Dr. Richard Boehm

Professor and Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair in Geographic Education
Ph.D., Geography, The University of Texas at Austin, 1975
Research Interests:  Geographic Education, Economic Geography, Applied Geography

mark carter

Mr. Mark Carter

Senior Lecturer & Internships Coordinator
MAG Geography, Texas State University, 1994
Research Interests:  Quantitative Methods, Spatial Statistics, Land Use Planning Management and Conservation

Brian Cooper

Dr. Brian Cooper

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator
Ph.D., Geography, Texas State University, 2012
Research Interests: World Regional Geography, Sub-Saharan Africa


rebecca davio

Dr. Rebecca Davio

Associate Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Research Interests:  Applied Research in Data-Driven Decision Making, Health & GIS, Customer Service, Policy Analysis, Recycling and Sustainability, and Social and Emotional Learning

jennifer devine

Dr. Jennifer Devine

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013
Research Interests: Human-environmental relations, Latin American - US politics, critical social theory

richard earl

Dr. Richard Earl

Ph.D., Geography, Arizona State University, 1983
Research Interests: Physical Geography, Water Resources, Environmental Change and Management, Field Methods


albertro giordano

Dr. Alberto Giordano

Ph.D., Geography, Syracuse University, 1999
Research Interests: Historical GIS, Holocaust and Genocide Geography, Policy Applications of GIScience, Spatial Applications of Forensic Anthropology


jennifer jensen

Dr. Jennifer Jensen

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of Idaho, 2009
Research Interests: Remote Sensing; Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring; Habitat Modeling; Landscape Ecology; Natural Resource Management; Land Cover Land Use Change; Lidar

jason julian

Dr. Jason Julian

Professor & Associate Chair
Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina, 2007
Research Interests: Water Resources, Land Use/Land Cover Change, River Ecosystems, Fluvial Geomorphology


nancy li

Dr. Nancy Li

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015
Research Interests: Glacial Geomorphology, Paleo-climate and Environmental Change, and Digital Terrain Analysis



yongmei lu

Dr. Yongmei Lu

Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Geography, SUNY Buffalo, 2001
Research Interests:  GIScience, Urban and Regional Analysis, Health and Medical Geography, Crime Geography


kim meitzen

Dr. Kimberly Meitzen

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of South Carolina, 2011
Research Interests: Fluvial Processes and Geomorphology, River Basin Management, Biogeography


colleen myles

Dr. Colleen C. Myles

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Davis, 2012
Research Interests: Political Ecology; Land and Environmental Management; the Rural-Urban Interface (RUI), especially Rural-Urban Linkages and Metabolisms; Wine, Beer, and Cider Geographies (aka “fermented landscapes”); Environmental Politics and Policy, Qualitative and Participatory Methods

eric sarmiento

Dr. Eric Sarmiento

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2015
Research Interests: Urban Development, Cultural Geography, Political Ecology, Economic Geography, Social Theory


michael solem

Dr. Michael Solem

Research Professor & Director of Research, Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
National Center for Research in Geography Education
Research Interests: Geography Education

christy townsend

Dr. Christi Townsend

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Environmental Geography, Texas State University, 2012
Research Interests: Environmental Geography, Geomorphology, Natural Hazards, The Geography of Agriculture and Viticulture, Research Methods


Dr. Russell Weaver

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, The State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012
Research Interests: Neighborhood Change, Land Use Policy, Community Geography, Community Economic Development

f. benjamin zhan

Dr. F. Benjamin Zhan

Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Ph.D., Geography, SUNY Buffalo, 1994
Research Interests: Health/Medical Geography; Geographic Information Science; Spatial Data Science; Earthquake Hazards Reduction; Transportation; China

Associated Faculty

nathaniel dede-bamfo

Dr. Nathaniel Dede-Bamfo

Ph.D., Geographic Information Science, Texas State University, 2014
Office:   ELA 374
Phone:  512.245.7809
Vita      HB2504 website information

Dr. Jo Beth OestreichJoBeth Oestreich

Senior Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D., C&I, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002
Office: ELA 355
Phone: 512.245.7976
Vita     HB2504 website information

Dr. Benjamin Schwartzbenjamin schwartz

Associate Professor, Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Tech University, Geosciences, 2007
Office: FAB
Phone: 512-245-7608
Vita     HB2504 website information

Lyn Clancy

J.D., Univ. Texas-Austin 1996, M.S. Univ-Wisconsin 1993
Office:   ELA 374
Phone:  512.636.4036
Vita      HB2504 website information


Mr. Neil Kuceraneil kucera

MAG, Geography, Southwest Texas State University, 2001
Office: ELA 362
Phone: 512.245.3440
Vita    HB2504 website information 

Shelley PlanteShelley Plante

MAG, Geography, Texas State University, 2007
Office:  ELA 362
Phone: 512.245.7976
Vita     HB2504 website information

cathy springer

Dr. Cathy Springer

Office: ELA 374
Phone: 512.2457809
Vita     HB2504 website information

Retired Faculty

Dr. Byron "Doc" Augustinbyron augustin

Distinguished Professor and Regents' Professor Emeritus
D.A., Northern Colorado, 1975
Research Interests: Conservation, Latin America, geographic education, Middle East

david r butler

Dr. David R. Butler

Texas State University System Regents' Professor and University Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas, 1982
Research Interests: Zoogeomorphology, Dendrogeomorphology, Mountain Geomorphology, Mountain Biogeography, Mountain Environments and Environmental Change, Geomorphology in the Anthropocene, History and Philosophy of Geography, Glacier National Park (Montana)

Dr. Ron Eytonron eyton

Ph.D., Illinois, 1974
Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Computer Cartography, Quantitative Methods



jim kimmel

Dr. Jim Kimmel

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
Research Interests: Interpretive Environmental Geography, Nature and Heritage Tourism, River Studies, Southwestern Geography


Dr. Susan Maceysusan macey

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1982
Research Interests:  Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Hazards, Energy, Medical Geography, Behavioral Geography, Aging

Dr. David Steadavid stea

Ph.D., Stanford, 1964
Research Interests: Spatial Cognition, Environmental Perception, Sustainable Development


sent visser

Dr. Sent Visser

Ph.D., Geography, Ohio State University, 1979
Research Interests: Agricultural Geography, Economic Geography, Quantitative Methods


brock brown

Dr. Brock Brown

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma, 1992


fred day

Dr. Fred Day

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, The Ohio State University, 1982
Research Interests: Population, Economic Development East and Southeast Asia




don huebnerDr. Don Huebner

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 2002
Research Interests:  Environmental Geography, Coastal Hazards, Historical Ecology, Geomorphology, Texas and American Southwest, Human Perception of Risk


bob larsen

Dr. Bob Larsen

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interests: Urban and Regional Planning, Solid Waste Management


Dr. James Petersenjim petersen

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of Utah, 1981
Research Interests:  Geographic Education, Geomorphology, Applied Physical Geography

Dr. Phil Sucklingphil suckling

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Geography, University of British Columbia, 1977
Research Interests: Climatology, natural hazards


Faculty in Memoriam

Dr. Lawrence Estaville

Texas State University System Regents' Professor and Texas State University Distinguished Professor
DirectorTexas Atlas Project
Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma, 1984

al hellman

Dr. Allen Hellman

Professor & Chair, Southwest Texas State University
Ph.D., Geography, University of Michigan, 1962