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Fullname Degree Year Graduated Summary Academic Interest
Elena Aguaron-Fuente Ph.D.

Urban Forestry. Environmental Geography

Adebayo Akintunde Ph.D.

Gendered Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, youth and poverty, geographies of religion and health, medical/health geography, neigborhood health and Ethnic Geography.

Tarecq Amer Ph.D.

My doctoral dissertation challenges an idealized view that portrays San Francisco as a well planned, forward looking urban experience. By examining the marginality and power struggles that have been at play for over one century, I illustrate the hierarchy of power that lies beneath the surface of San Francisco. Governmental processes and institutions, including city and neighborhood planning, public health, and the variegated systems of law, have been employed to hide both those cast as marginalized, as well as the violence that is required to create this idyllic view. My dissertation is rooted in legal geography, urban planning, and critical theory

Clark L. Anderson Master's
Catharine L. Anderson Master's

Sustainable agriculture, GIS

Timothy S. Andrews Master's
John Aubert Master's
Andrew Bach Master's
Calanit E. Bar-Am Ph.D.

agricultural economic geography, climate change, wine industry

Karen Beardsley Ph.D.

Geographic Information Systems and spatial technology for decision support, urban modeling, and wildlife conservation.

Craig Beebe Master's

Urban and regional planning, land use and preservation, and alternative/sustainable transportation planning

Caru Bowns Ph.D.
Katie Bradley Ph.D.

Katie recently received a MS in Community Development from UC Davis. Her thesis, “Food Logics: A Case Study of Dig Deep Farms & Produce” explored placed-based values for food security work in Ashland, California. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Geography at UC Davis, a student member of the Studies of Food and the Body Multicampus Research Program and a research assistant with Food Dignity, a national community food security research project supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Her academic interests include community food security work, anti-racism activism, quotidian food habits, and family and community traditions. Katie has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and a certificate in L’Art de la Patisserie from the French Pastry School in Chicago

Teresa L. Bulman Ph.D.
Michael Byrne Master's
Frankie C. Carey Master's
Thomas Carlson Ph.D.
John Carotta Master's
Kimberlee J. Chambers Ph.D.

Sustainable agriculture

Mark W. Chin Master's

Natural Landscapes, Restoration

Hyeyeong Choe Ph.D.

Landscape Ecology, Climate Change, Environmental Policy, Urban Growth Modeling

Bradley Christensen Ph.D.

Economic geography; innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture; industrial identities; wine and spirits.

Shauna K. Cozad Master's
Stephen F. Cunha Ph.D.
Naomi Dailey Master's

Political ecology, Central Valley, agriculture environmental justice, farmworkers’ rights

George Daugavietis Ph.D.
Fabrice De Clerck Ph.D.
John De Goede Master's

Web GIS, remote sensing, urban forestry, and quantification of ecosystem services

Kristen Denninger Ph.D.

Broadly I am interested in animal behavior, conservation, and human-wildlife conflict. My proposed research considers the common hippopotamus and aims to address these topics by exploring the behavior and welfare of hippos in captivity, using quantitative techniques to explore, predict, and help formulate solutions to human-hippo conflict, and to promote the conservation of this vulnerable species both in captivity and the wild.

Teresa Dillinger Ph.D.
D'Arcy Dornan Ph.D.

My work concerns the influence of geographic factors on the sustainable planning, development and management of tourism in places around the world.

Garrett S. Duncan Ph.D.

Human dynamics of natural resources, recreation and public lands, visitor behavior for wilderness management, assessing public opinions of forest thinning and prescribed burning. Regional focus: California, Lake Tahoe Basin/Sierra Nevada.

Stacey C. Ellis Master's
Robert Fernau Ph.D.
Molly A. Ferrell Master's

Biogeography as it relates to habitat restoration and ecosystem function. Research projects include California mine reclamation, active vs. passive restoration, nurse plant facilitation, ground-nesting bee habitat creation and riparian restoration

Lisa E. Fields Master's
Trina R. Filan Ph.D.

Sustainable and alternative agricultures; local knowledge; gender and agriculture; agriculture as a tool of restoration and empowerment.

Daniel Fink Master's

Regional travel/transportation planning and tourism

Matthew C. Galland Ph.D.
Gerardo C. Gambirazzio Ph.D.

MA Urban Planning -UCLA

Interests: History, political ecology and institutional governance of
the Sacramento Delta Region.

Susan Garbini Ph.D.

Investigation of the potential for transition to ecosystem-based, wildlife- and habitat-friendly agricultural practices in Yolo County

Catherine Garoupa-White Ph.D.

Natural resources management and the intersections between land use, transportation, air quality, and climate change, conceptions of sustainability and environmental justice, gender and the body, rural, regional and international community development, community organizing, values and ethics, leadership development and coalition building, California and the San Joaquin Valley

Tometi K. Gbedema Ph.D.

"The Door of No Return – Role of Heritage Tourism in Local (West African) Communities: The Cases of Elmina and Keta in Ghana"

Kemal A. Ger Ph.D.
Bruce Gervais Master's
Deborah A. Giles Ph.D.

My academic specializations include animal biogeography, conservation biology, and habitat conservation. My dissertation research examines killer whale behavioral change in response to oceanographic indices such as bathymetry, tides and currents as well as human variables such as vessel quantity, distance and speed. My field research experience includes the use of non-invasive data collection techniques for wildlife research including the use of mobile remote sensing technology to record geospatial data, acoustic recording tags to measure received noise levels by whales, and scat detection dogs

Elena Givental Ph.D.
Don Hankins Ph.D.
A. Breeze Harper Ph.D.

Employing Critical Race Theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, Foucault, and Black Feminist Studies in understanding geographies of nutrition and health of the African Diaspora in the USA.

Margaret M. Hauselt Ph.D.

Topics of interest: Environment-Agriculture Interactions, Geospatial/GIS Techniques, Environmental Modeling, Plant Biogeography, Historical Land Use.

Paul J. Haverkamp Ph.D.

Guanaco and grassland distributions in northern Patagonia, Argentina. Wildlife use of tourist areas in Jiuzhaigou Park, Sichuan Province, China. Geospatial applications to wildlife conservation

Lillian Hayden Master's

Landscape and restoration ecology, environmental design & ecosystem processes and services

Prashant Hedao Ph.D.

Research Interests – Integrated Planning, Landscape Architecture / Environmental Design, GIS / Spatial Analysis

Rene E. Henery Ph.D.
Erin L. Hestir Ph.D.

Pacific coastal and island biogeography. geomorphology, and "biogeomorphology." The interaction between coastal and aquatic vegetation and geomorphic processes.

Colleen C. Hiner Ph.D.

My dissertation examines how perceptions of rural character influence land use decision making along the rural-urban interface using three case studies in Calaveras County, California. Taking a political ecological approach, I consider three divergent instances of land management in the Sierra Nevada foothills, each representing a different outcome, a different way of dealing with changing landscapes and lifestyles. From these cases, I investigate the values various rural residents embrace and how they mobilize those values and ideologies to influence and enact land use change

Matthew B. Hoffman Ph.D.

Matthew studies social networks of knowledge sharing among farmers and outreach professionals. A farmer's position in the social network can have a positive or negative impact on his or her ability to access and spread useful knowledge. Knowledge networks can be leveraged to optimize the benefits of social learning through outreach activities designed to build social capital. His work focuses on California's viticulture and wine sector. Matthew is also the Grower Program Coordinator at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, where he puts his research into practice to designing innovative outreach programs for the Lodi winegrape grower community. Focal areas: agrifood system analysis, agrifood systems governance, place and practice, social network analysis, and sustainability science.

Sean D. Hogan Ph.D.

I am a PhD candidate in the Geography Graduate Group under the supervision of Dr. Susan Ustin. Being a broad based student of geography, nearly all areas of my chosen discipline interest me; however, I consider my general areas of specialization to be geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and geographical theory. GIS and remote sensing particularly excite me because they have the potential to monitor and organize social and environmental data in such a way as to better understand their integration and interactions. Understanding in this regard could help solve or contribute to the solution of many environmental and resource management problems facing societies around the world. Reflecting this philosophy, my doctoral dissertation research is concerned with monitoring development, deforestation and habitat fragmentation in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, through the use of geospatial technologies.

Patrick R. Huber Ph.D.

Conservation planning, landscape analysis.

George Hubert Master's
Michael J. Hunter Master's
Steven Jennings Ph.D.
Erica Jones Master's

The history of land use and environmental policy

Veneranda Xochitl Juarez-Varela Ph.D.

Gender and rural development.

Keir E. Keightley Ph.D.

Ag/urban interactions, statistics.

Christopher Keithley Ph.D.
Laura Kindsvater Ph.D.
John Knettle Master's

Political geography, cultural geograpy, sustainable development, topography

Jayoung Koo Ph.D.

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Geography

Jennifer Kopp Ph.D.
Thomas S. Krabacher Ph.D.
Maggie La Rochelle Ph.D.

My PhD research explores three place-based, experiential learning programs in which I was first a learner, then an educator, and finally a researcher, using a comparative case study approach. The purpose of this research is to more fully explicate the activities and impacts of constructivist methods of learning for place engagement. I study the experiences of learners to understand their motivations, values, and subsequent attitudes and choices. I also look at relationships between members of each learning community to better understand how power works within experiential learning relationships. Finally, I explore the institutional, geographic and pedagogical structures of these programs, which frame the relationships within them. I argue for how these structures could be designed more flexibly in order to respond to the happy reality of change in learning communities over time.

Raymond Lacey Master's
Jing-Fong Jennifer Lee Ph.D.

Environmental and natural resource economics and policy, land use and ecosystem services.

Margareta A. Lelea Ph.D.

Feminist geography, critical development studies, post-socialist transformations, transnational feminist movements, border studies and migration

Laura Lewis Ph.D.
Hsiu-Chin Lin Master's
Elizabeth A. Long Ph.D.
Robert Lusardi Master's

Watershed Science, Stream Ecology

Jason F. MacCannell Ph.D.
Duncan MacEwan Ph.D.

Resource and Agricultural Economics, Quantitative Methods, Econometrics

Bonnie Magnuson Master's

Resource optimization, water issues, population change, regional development, disaster planning, the western United States

Virginia Mahacek Master's
David W. Manahan Ph.D.

Geography education, environmental issues, media, social problems.
Pacific Basin Employment: Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Sac State.

Alexander I. Mandel Ph.D. 2014

Geospatial Web Technologies, Open Source Geospatial Software, Participatory GIS

Amber D. Manfree Ph.D.

Biogeography, Geographic Information Systems, hydrologic processes, rural- urban interfaces, and land conservation

Galen R. Martin Ph.D.
Ghada A. Masri Ph.D.
Michael C. McGrann Ph.D.

Biogeography, predicting wildlife occurrence with wildlife-habitat relationships. Wildlife conservation. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail for ecological/geographic research.

Amy M. McGrann Master's

Biogeography, plant geography, endangered species conservation, wildlife-habitat relationships. The Pacific Crest Trail for ecological/geographic research. Poverty/environmental degradation. Restoration.

Jennifer McHenry Ph.D.

Human/Cultural Geography, Place, Place-making, Urban and Suburban Morphology

Alison McNally Ph.D.

Geomorphology, biogeography and GIS

Dianne Meredith Ph.D.
Leah Miller Master's
Benita J. Moolman Ph.D.
Ryan Muphy Master's

Using geographic methods to explore socio-ecological systems, specifically the those that involve the production of food. Examining the link between natural resource management, agrobiodiversity and human well-being.

Ezra C. Neale Master's
Alyssa A. Nelson Ph.D.

Community Murals, Art and Geography, Participatory Geographies, Place-Based Education, Critical Pedagogy, Human-Environment Interrelationships, Sense of Place and Identity, Youth Development, Applied/Action Research

Michael Norton Ph.D.

Geostatistics, Remote Sensing

Nina Noujdina Master's
Sarah E. Null Ph.D.

Water resources, natural resource geography.

Libby O'Sullivan Ph.D.

Local market opportunities using aggregation and food distribution for small and mid-scale growers in the Sacramento Region and more broadly across the United States.

Susan Olivia Ph.D.

Development Economics, Spatial Econometrics and Geographic Information Systems. Regional focus: China and Indonesia.

Quetzalcoatl Orozco-Ramirez Ph.D.

Sustainable agriculture, participaty land use planning, conservation of biodiversity, knowledge and management of agrobiodiversity by Indigenous and local communities, and conservation in situ.

Christian G. Ostrosky Master's

Political ecology, development theory, conservation of natural resources, rural geography, geographic information systems.

Regional focus: Latin America, Gran Chaco, Argentina,

Christina L. Owens Master's
Sean A. Parks Master's
Adriana E. Parra Ph.D.
Laura Pascoe Ph.D.

Laura Pascoe is a Geography PhD student with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Her primary focus is on using feminist, gender, and queer analyses to ethnographically explore how gender mediates access to and utilisation of sexual and reproductive health services, particularly as it relates to increasing men’s involvement in sexual and reproductive health. Her PhD research will continue in collaboration with the same organisation she did her master's research with--Sonke Gender Justice, a South African-based NGO that engages men and boys in gender justice. Laura is also actively involved in global health, serving as 2010-2011 co-chair on the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Global Health Education Consortium’s (GHEC), a global organisation that brings students, educators, health professionals, and institutions together to build capacity of the global workforce to meet the needs of underserved population.

Chantelise M. Pells Ph.D.

My research incorporates political ecology and common pool resource in a case study of groundwater governance in Guadalupe Valley, Baja California--Mexico's largest viticulture region. I'm investigating the socio-economic, geographic and political variables influencing collective action in a local watershed based groundwater association through survey and interview of local groundwater users. Results from this research will hopefully inform future participatory policy of environmental resources

Joshua Perlman Ph.D.

Using geospatial technology and modeling to improve global agricultural from the perspectives of both production and environmental conservation.

Core Skills: geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis/statistics, automation of processing and analysis of geographic data.

Programming Languages: R, Python, C.

Ann M. Peterson Master's
Natalia Pinzón Jiménez Ph.D.

My research explores the impact of climate change on smallholder farmers and farming systems, assessing the vulnerability of agricultural systems and communities at different scales with the goal of elucidating adaptive strategies. I’m most interested in refining and utilizing climate resilience evaluation techniques and implementing farmer-friendly tools in order to co-asses the vulnerability of whole-systems in bioregions of the United States, Latin America and India. By analyzing the climate change adaptation strategies of small-scale farmers and subsistence farmers, I hope to better illustrate the impact and potential solutions of climate change on agriculture and on global food systems. Smallholder and indigenous farmers are often left out of political practice, thus marginalizing key stakeholders in the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies.

Angel Pita-Duque Ph.D.

Human geography of agriculture with emphasis on the relationship between economic change and crop diversity in Mexico.

Bryan Pon Ph.D.

Research interests include affordable energy and mobile technology diffusion in emerging markets--what's driving adoption? What are the socioeconomic implications? Who are the winners and losers? Here in California, interested in energy efficiency programs, smart grid technology, and demand-side behavior modeling. But also interested in education, mentoring, and coaching water polo

Katherine Powelson Master's

Climate change, salt marshes, climate change adaptation, vulnerability assessments, uncertainty, coastal management, science for natural resource managers, and science delivery

Rhea Presiado Ph.D.
Jonathan Price Ph.D.
Amber K. Reilly Master's

Landscape Design Architecture

Kristin A. Reynolds Ph.D.

Agriculture and social change, urban agriculture, urban-rural connections, action research.

Kurt R. Richter Ph.D.

Agricultural Economic Geography, Entrepreneurship, Regional Development and California County Policy.

Curtis J. Robinson Ph.D.
Gerrie L. Robinson Ph.D.

Landscape Architecture.

Rosamaria Rosen-Teeple Ph.D.

Environmental geography, California studies, biogeocultural iconography

Nate Roth Ph.D.

Geographic Information Systems

Courtney J. Route Master's
Zahedus Sadat Ph.D.

Cultural Geography, Geography of Religion (focus on Islam), Social and Cultural Theory, Flexible Citizenship, South Asian Diaspora Communities in USA, Youth Empowerment, Community Participation, Sustainable Development, Connections between Geography and Visual Arts

Evan E. Schmidt Master's
Nari Senanayake Master's

Political ecology, medical geography and natural resource management in the developing world (particularly small-holder irrigation systems)

Innisfree L. Seyman Master's
Debra A. Sharkey Master's

Professor of Geography, Geosciences Department, Cosumnes River College.

Gregory B. C. Shaw Ph.D.

Architectural tourism and its effects on urban design. Wine tourism. Parks, brownfields and urban renewal for recreation/tourism purposes.

Garrett Smith Ph.D.
Jason Snyder Ph.D.
Joanna Solins Master's

Riparian restoration; urban ecology; terrestrial-aquatic linkages; adjacent land use impacts on plant communities and ecosystem function

Robyn Suddeth Master's

Water Resource Management and Stream Restoration

Sagako Sugiura Ph.D.
Margaret A. Swisher Ph.D.

I am interested in interspecific vocal communication, and how communication is influenced by the environment. My dissertation focuses on anti-predator alarm calls of California ground squirrels. I am examining whether squirrels recognize different types of predators or different levels of threat that predators represent. I am also examining geographic variation in the alarm calls (also known as regional dialect). In the future I would like to study how climate change is affecting biogeography

Gregory W. Tarver, Jr. Ph.D.

My research interests are urban & community forestry, urban environmental education, participatory action research, community-based environmental stewardship, urban political ecology, youth/young adult horticultural science education & green jobs, geography education, gardens & gardening, environmental consciousness, and agency of plants

John Teeple Ph.D.

My research interests are focused on sense of place, geography and literature, and environmental thought. My dissertation is a survey of sense of place in American nature writing. I approach this topic through a framework shaped by humanistic geography and other approaches to the geographical study of literature and sensuous geography.

Karen M. Thorne Ph.D.

Geography, Climate Change, Coastal Ecosystems, Landscape Ecology, and Wildlife Biology

Peter W. Tittmann Ph.D.

Fire, forest management, bio-energy and bio-fuels, network modeling, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), regional geography.

Michele M. Tobias Ph.D.

Kite and Balloon Aerial Photography for biogeographical research, California beach biogeography and ecology, geospatial technologies.

Follow my on-going research on Twitter: @MicheleTobias

Mihaela Tomuta Master's

Urban Geography, History of cities, GIS, Sustainable Development

Rebecca Torres Ph.D.
Gayle Totton Ph.D.

My work looks at how we can understand the worldview and spiritual beliefs of peoples (specifically Native Americans) by reading ancient and contemporary landscapes and how, as designers, we can apply that understanding to the design of places that facilitate rebuilding cultural communities and creating spaces for sacred purposes

Valerie K. Vaughn Master's

Social and cultural geography with and emphasis on religious landscapes and Buddhism in the U.S.

David Waetjen Ph.D. 2011

Information Technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Yang Wang Master's

Urban land use/transportation planning and modeling, spatial economics, Bayesian analysis, discrete choice modeling

Alice A. Warrick Master's
Karla Wesley Ph.D.

(2004) Ph.D. The Political Ecology of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Melissa R. L. Whitaker Master's

Impacts of regional climate change on species ranges; Lepidoptera; habitat fragmentation; biogeography and global change

Forrest D. Wilkerson Master's
Eric Winford Master's

Natural resource management - especially forest management in the Sierra Nevada; ecosystem-services; adaptation and mitigation of climate change; bio-energy development; the rural economy

Jason Wood Ph.D.
Wendy D. Wood Master's
Megan T. Wyman Ph.D.

Vocal communication and sexual selection in North American bison.

Alex Young Master's
Tara M. Zagofsky Ph.D.

Cultural geography, community & regional development, professional practice, civic engagement, diaspora communities in the Sacramento region

Cherry Vee Zamora Master's

Water resources and environmental geography.