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Paul C. Adams

Professor |
512-232-1599 |
RLP 3.704

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Place Images in the Media, Technologically-Mediated Gathering, Topologies of Communication, Geopolitical Discourses, Formation of Subjectivity

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Timothy Beach

Professor - C. B. Smith, Sr., Centennial Chair |
(512) 232-2064 |
RLP 3.306

Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Interests: Geoarchaeology, Soils, Climate History, Geomorphology, and Paleoenvironments of the Maya World and Mediterranean

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William E. Doolittle

Professor - Erich W. Zimmermann Regents Professor in Geography |
RLP 3.718

Education: Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Ph.D. H.C. Stockholms Universitet

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Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

Professor--Raymond Dickson Centennial Professor #1; Founding Director, Water Quality & Environ. Hydro. Lab; Past President, American Association of Geographers |
512-232-1583 |
RLP 3.702

Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Interests: Geoarchaeology; Hydrology and Water Quality; Geomorphology; Spatial Statistics; Gender, Science, and Human Rights; Mesoamerica; Mediterranean and Near East; Iceland.

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Jennifer A. Miller

Professor, Honors Advisor |
512-232-1587 (prefer contact through email) |
RLP 3.428

Education: Ph.D., San Diego State University/UC-Santa Barbara

Interests: GIScience, Movement pattern analysis, Spatial statistics, Biogeography

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Kenneth R. Young

Professor |
512-232-8311 |
RLP 3.706

Education: Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Interests: Biogeography; Landscape Ecology; Climate Change; Sustainability; Tropical Environments

Associate Professors

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Eugenio Arima

Associate Professor |
512-471-0714 |
RLP 3.428

Education: Ph.D., Michigan State University

Interests: Human-environment interactions, land change science, GIS/Science, applied quantitative methods, Latin America.

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Kelley Crews

Associate Professor & Graduate Advisor |
RLP 3.708

Education: PhD, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Interests: Muddy Boots Remote Sensing, Land Change Science, & Healthy Socio-ecological Systems in Developing States

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Caroline Faria

(on leave)
Trice Fellow, Co-Associate Director of Plan II |
RLP 3.414

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington, WA

Interests: Feminist political and economic geographies; feminist methodologies; Africa and the African diaspora

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Carlos E. Ramos Scharrón

Associate Professor |
512-232-2067 |
RLP 3.406

Education: Ph.D., Colorado State University

Interests: Hydro-geomorphology; terrestrial carbon and sediment budgets; watershed analyses; land use change

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Rebecca M. Torres

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment |
RLP 3.426

Education: Ph.D., University of California at Davis

Interests: (Im)migration, Children/Youth Geographies, Gender, Feminist Geography, Activist/Engaged Scholarship, Mexico, Latin America

Assistant Professors

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Thomas Garrison

Assistant Professor |
RLP 3.404

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

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Amy Thompson

Assistant Professor |
RLP 3.418

Education: Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Interests: Human-environment interactions, social inequality, processes of low-density urban development, settlement patterns, household archaeology, community-based archaeology, neighborhood analyses, GIS, lidar, remote sensing, Classic Maya, Mesoamerica

Senior Lecturers

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Troy M. Kimmel Jr.

Senior Lecturer |
512-232-1590 |
RLP 3.424

Education: B.S., Texas A&M University

Interests: Broadcast meteorology; Severe/inclement weather forecasting; Aviation meteorology

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Thoralf Meyer

Senior Lecturer |
RLP 3.402, also SAC 4.160

Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia

Interests: ecology of arid and semi-arid ecosystems, remote sensing, ecosystem management


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Zeenia R. Challa

Juris Doctorate (JD) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA)- Environmental Law |
RLP 3.412

Interests: Environmental Law, Natural Resource Law, Water Law, Energy Law, International Environmental Law, Policy, and Sustainability

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Sara Diamond


Education: Ph.D., UT Austin

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Jules R. Elkins


Education: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Molly H. Polk

Director of Sustainability Studies and Lecturer |
512-232-6892 |
RLP 3.430

Education: Ph.D. in Geography, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Land Change Science, Sustainability, Mountain Geography, Landscape Ecology, Conservation

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Muhammad T. Rahman


Education: Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Interests: Natural Disasters; Human Environment Interactions; Middle East; GIS and Urban Remote Sensing; and Urban Sustainability

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Brenda Boonabaana

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: PhD, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Interests: Sustainable Tourism Development; Environmental Justice and Equity; Women and Girls' Empowerment; Feminist Geography; Development Geography; Cultural Geography; Globalisation; Africa

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Kaily Heitz

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Nadia Mosquera Muriel

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: Ph.D., University of Sussex

Affiliated Faculty

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Nazgol Bagheri

Associate Professor of Geography, University of Texas at San Antonio

Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri–Kansas City

Interests: Urban Geography, Feminist Geography, GIScience, Middle East

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Erika M. Bsumek


Education: Ph.D., 2000, Rutgers University

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David Eaton

Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor in Natural Resource Policy Studies, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs |
512.471.8972 |
SRH 3.204

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

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Anthony Grubesic

Professor and Associate Dean, School of Information

Education: PhD, Ohio State University

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Steven D Hoelscher

Professor, Department of American Studies |
512-232-2567 |
BUR 430

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Paul F. Hudson

Associate Professor of Physical Geography, University of Leiden, Netherlands

Education: Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Interests: Fluvial geomorphology,hydrology and water resources, environmental change, land degradation, coastal plain rivers

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Donald J. Huebner

Faculty |
RLP 3.412

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: American Southwest, Desert and Mountain Environments, Coastal Environments, Surveying, GIS

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Bella B. Jordan

Lecturer, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies |
512-232-9127 |
BUR 470

Education: Ph.D., UT Austin

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Blanca León

Research Fellow |
512-475-6159 |
Plant Resources Center, Main Building Rm 127, 110 Inner Campus Drive Stop F0404

Education: Ph.D., Aarhus University, Denmark

Interests: biogeography, plant conservation

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Youjeong Oh

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies |
WCH 5.114

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Media, Tourism and Place; Development and Social Movement; Urban Processes in Korea and East Asia

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Megan Raby

Associate Professor, Department of History |
512-475-7925 |
GAR 3.410

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: History of science; environmental history; US and Caribbean; 19th and 20th centuries

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Michael Shensky

GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator |
PCL 3.317

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Bjorn Sletto

Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, School of Architecture |
512.471.5153 |
SUT 3.124B

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University

Interests: Geographic Information Systems, Latin American planning and development, participatory planning, environmental and social justice, social theory

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Pavithra Vasudevan

Assistant Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies |
GWB 3.200

Education: Ph.D., 2018, Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Peter Ward

Professor and C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair # 1 in US-Mexico Relations, Department of Sociology |
512.471-6302 |
RLP 3.730, SRH 3.228

Education: Ph.D., University of Liverpool

Research Fellows

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Elisabeth K Butzer

Research Fellow

Education: MA, University of Chicago

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Elías Cisneros

Research Fellow |
RLP 3.408

Education: Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of Bonn

Interests: Environmental Economics and Policy; Political Economy; Agricultural Economics; Development Economics; Conflict Economics

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Kalli Doubleday

Research Fellow

Education: Ph.D., UT Austin

Interests: human geography, animal geographies, large carnivores, human-wildlife interactions/conflict, and park-people relationships

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Charles D Frederick

Research Fellow

Education: PhD, University of Texas

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David Guillet

Research Fellow

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas

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Naya Jones

Critical Geographer & Healing Arts Practitioner |
Medical College of Wisconsin

Education: PhD, Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Critical health studies; critical food studies; black food geographies; black geographies; traditional healing; racial trauma; environmental knowledge; community-based scholarship; critical pedagogy; arts-based methods; Black, Xicana, and indigenous feminisms; Black Diaspora (North and Latin America)

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Samantha Krause

Research Fellow

Education: Ph.D., UT Austin

Interests: Geoarchaeology, paleoclimatology, soil morphology of Central America and the southwestern US

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Robert Lemon

Research Fellow/ Lecturer

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Urban Life and Urban Form; Culinary Practices and the Food System; Latino Spaces and Places

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Salma Sultana


Education: Ph.D., Jadavpur University, India

Interests: Application of Remote Sensing & Geographical Information System, Environmental Issues in Geography and Sustainable Development, Interaction between People and Physical Environment, Impact of Land Use and Land Cover Change.

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Eliot M Tretter


Education: Ph.D., John Hopkins University

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Jayme Walenta

Research Fellow

Education: Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Interests: Economic Geography, Feminist Geography, Environment and Business Relations

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Sharon E. Wilcox


Education: Ph.D. Geography, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Cultural Geography, Animal Geography, Human Dimensions, Wildlife Conservation, Predators, Animal Studies, Environmental History, Wild Cats, Bears, Raptors, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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Michael Yoder



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Robin Doughty

Professor Emeritus |
RLP 3.502

Education: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Cultural Geography; Environmental Resource Management; Landscape Ecology and Biogeography

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Robert Holz

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., 1963, Geography, Michigan State University

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Gregory W. Knapp

Associate Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison

Interests: Cultural and Political Ecology; Historical Geography; Mountain Geography; Latin America

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Ian Manners

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Oxford University

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Francisco L. Pérez

Professor Emeritus, Soils Lab Director Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Interests: Mountain Geoecology, Geomorphology, Vegetation Ecology, Soils

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Leo E. Zonn (Retired)


Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Interests: Representation and Media, Especially Cinema, Geographies of Popular Culture

  • Department of Geography and the Environment

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street, A3100
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712