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Department Research Concentrations

Environmental Geography

  • Physical Geography, Geomorphology
  • Biogeography
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Climatology
  • Water Resources, Hydrology, Water Policy 

Geography Education

  • K-12
  • Spatial learning
  • Education policies


  • Remote Sensing, Cartography and Geovisualization, GIS, Web
  • Spatial Analysis, Spatial Statistics
  • Spatial Humanities
  • Land Us/Land Cover Change


  • Across disciplines
  • Across universities, national and international

Human Geography

  • Political,
  • Migration
  • Mexico
    Central America

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Environment, Climate, Hazards, Physical Geography, Geology

  • R. Denise Blanchard, Ph.D., Colorado at Boulder, 1992, Professor — natural and environmental hazards, economic, environmental studies, historical, research methods
  • Rebecca Davio, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001, Assistant Professor of Practice — Applied research in data-driven decision making, Health & GIS, customer service, policy analysis, recycling and sustainability, and social and emotional learning
  • Rene DeHon, Ph.D., Texas Tech, 1970, Senior Lecturer — geology, mineralogy, petrology, planetary geology
  • Richard W. Dixon, Ph.D., Texas A&M, 1996, Professor — climatology, meteorology, oceanography, hazards, quantitative methods, environmental
  • Richard A. Earl, Ph.D., Arizona State, 1983, Professor — water resources, environmental change and management, field methods, physical
  • Ronald Hagelman, III, Ph.D., Texas State, 2001, Associate Professor and Associate Chair — environmental, hazards and disaster, historical, land management and conservation, urban environment/agriculture
  • Suzon Jammes, Ph.D., Université de Strasbourg, France, 2009, Senior Lecturer — geology, geophysics
  • Jason Julian, Ph.D., North Carolina, 2007, Associate Professor — water resources, environmental services, fluvial geomorphology
  • Dolores van der Kolk, Ph.D., University of Texas, 2015, Lecturer — geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy
  • Neil Kucera, J.D., Houston, 1986; M.A.G., Texas State, 2001, Lecturer — environmental law, energy and resource management
  • Tim Loftus, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2000, Professor of Practice and Meadows Endowed Chair in Water Conservation — water conservation and efficiency, water supply planning and policy, watershed planning
  • Robert Mace, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1998 — water policy and science, water resources and conservation, stakeholder processes, numerical groundwater flow modeling, innovative water technologies
  • Kimberly Meitzen, Ph.D., South Carolina, 2011, Assistant Professor — fluvial processes, geomorphology, river basin management, biogeography
  • Colleen Myles, Ph.D., California at Davis, 2012, Assistant Professor — environmental management, cultural ecology, urban-rural fringe, qualitative methods
  • Andrew Sansom, Ph.D., Texas State, 2013, Professor of Practice — water resources, parks and protected places, conservation leadership
  • Christi Townsend, Ph.D., Texas State, 2012, Senior Lecturer —physical, research methods, world
  • John P. Tiefenbacher, Ph.D., Rutgers, 1992, Professor — hazards, human dimensions of wildlife, environmental problems, Mexico borderlands, States of the Former Soviet Union, air quality


  • Edwin Chow, Ph.D., South Carolina, 2005, Associate Professor — GIScience, internet GIS, GIS based-modeling, GIScience programming
  • Nathan Currit, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State, 2003, Associate Professor — remote sensing and land cover change, GIScience, uncertainty and change in human-environment systems
  • Alberto Giordano, Ph.D., Syracuse, 1999, Professor and Chair — cartography, historical GIS, Holocaust and genocide, spatial applications of forensic anthropology
  • Jennifer Jensen, Ph.D., Idaho, 2009, Associate Professor — Lidar, remote sensing, biogeography, land use/land cover change
  • Yongmei Lu, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo, 2001, Professor — GIScience, urban and regional studies, crime, health, China and East Asia
  • Alexander Savelyev, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State. 2015. Assistant Professor — geovisualization and geovisual analytics, cartography, and visual cognition
  • Yihong Yuan, Ph.D., California at Santa Barbara, 2013, Assistant Professor — GIScience, spatio-temporal data mining, GIScience programing
  • F. Benjamin Zhan, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo, 1994, Professor — GIScience, health and the environment, transportation and network science

Geographic Education

  • Richard G. Boehm, Ph.D., Texas at Austin, 1975, Professor and Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair of Geographic Education
  • Injeong Jo, Ph.D., Texas A&M, 2011, Assistant Professor — geographic education, geospatial technologies for education, assessment in geography
  • Osvaldo Muniz, Ph.D., Tennessee, 1991, Professor — geographic education, Latin America, online learning methods, global collaboration, international flows
  • Michael Solem, Ph.D., Colorado at Boulder, 1999, Research Professor — geographic education

Human Geography

  • Sarah Blue, Ph.D. UCLA, 2004, Associate Professor — Latin America, population, migration, qualitative methods
  • Mark L. Carter, M.A.G., Texas State, 1994, Senior Lecturer — land use analysis, quantitative methods, energy
  • Brian Cooper, Ph.D., Texas State, 2012, Senior Lecturer — world regional, U.S. and Canada, economic
  • Jennifer Devine, Ph.D., California at Berkeley, 2013, Assistant Professor — political, Latin America, nature and heritage tourism, qualitative methods
  • Eric Sarmiento, Ph.D., Rutgers. 2015. Assistant Professor — nature/society analysis, urban, cultural