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Methods, Models, and GIS Science

The Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Systems (MMG) Area of Geography focuses on important tools to the field of geography. This sub-discipline is chiefly concerned with the development, application and assessment of tools used in geographic research. A heavily quantitative discipline, this field aims to utilize recent advancements in technology; including computers, remote sensing and geolocation devices.

This subfield provides an opportunity to study mathematical modeling, geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial statistics, image analysis and visualization, global positioning and surveying technologies, sensor networks, and web-based research and communication of geographical concepts and data.

The UC Davis campus and Geography program in particular with a wide interdisciplinary group of researchers provides ample opportunities to apply and test techniques to solve real world issues.

The MMG geography sub-discipline takes advantage of the globally-recognized environmental, agricultural, and natural resources research programs at Davis to provide students with ample opportunities to apply and test techniques to solve real world issues.

Faculty for this Area of Depth

Fullname Summary Academic Interest Department
Gwen Arnold

Environmental policy; common-pool resource theory and management; bureaucratic decision-making in resource management; hydraulic fracturing (fracking); institutional analysis; social networks

Environmental Science and Policy
Stephen Boucher

International agricultural development; Agricultural credit and insurance markets.

Agricultural and Resource Economics
Mary Cadenasso

Investigating the effect of urbanization on plant community and nutrient dynamics and integrating ecological and social theories and urban design to enhance understanding and development of cities as sustainable coupled human-natural systems. Study exchanges of nutrients, pollutants, and organisms across landscape boundaries such as forest edges and riparian zones. Work across scales in metropolitan, semi-arid savanna and forest systems.

Urban ecosystem ecology
Steven Greco

Ecosystems and Landscape Ecology

Human Ecology
Rebecca Hernandez

arid and semiarid ecosystems; biogeochemistry; biogeography; carbon cycling; climate change; data mining; deserts; drones; earth system science; environmental sensors; geography of energy; geospatial data and technologies; global ecology; invasion ecology; land-use and land-cover change; mycorrhizal fungi; plant-soil interactions; soil ecology; solar energy; sustainability; and wind energy

Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/theHernandezLab

Land Air and Water Resources
Yufang Jin

Remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems, fire disturbance, ecohydrology, biogeochemical cycle, climate change, and GIS.

Land Air and Water Resources
Frank Loge

Design and function of sustainable urban systems; landscape ecology related to fisheries management; ecology of infectious diseases; interconnection between water and energy systems.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mark Lubell

Environmental policy; community-based management; social networks, human cooperation; quantitative analysis

Environmental Science and Policy
Jay R. Lund

Resource management and planning, water resources, urban geography

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hugh Safford

Community and landscape ecology, fire ecology, restoration ecology and biogeography.

Environmental Science and Policy
Sheryl-Ann Simpson

urban, political, cultural and health geography, comparative social planning, critical GIS and spatial analysis, immigration and social/political participation

Human Ecology
Aaron Smith

Agriculture and resource economics, econometrics, finance

Agricultural and Resource Economics
Edward Spang

Food-water-energy nexus; environmental indicators; systems analysis; water and energy resource management; environmental policy; clean technology

Food Science and Technology
James Thorne

Biogeography, conservation biology, and ecology. Regions of experience include California & the US West, British Columbia, Alaska, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina

Environmental Science and Policy
Susan Ustin

Geographic information systems (GIS); North America

Land Air and Water Resources