I enjoy investigating social practical issues through spatial data. Additionally, I am interested in exploring geographical information gathering, especially in developing regions, and spatial approaches to analyze impacts on residential areas.
My research interests lie in sustainable urban system with a special focus on active transportation. Currently I am working with multiple bikeability score and bike safety datasets, trying to understand how we can contribute to a safer and more equitable urban biking environment by leveraging big data.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
5804 Ellison Hall
I specialize in the analysis of problems defined over space and time, including logistics and transportation, location theory, water resource systems, and urban and environmental systems using and developing new techniques in Operations Research, GIS, Decision Theory, and Heuristics.
In my research in the Trugman Lab at UCSB's Geography Department, I seek to explore the ways in which changing climatic baselines, evolving land use patterns, and altered disturbance regimes affect landscape resilience in complex coupled human-natural systems.
The Ocean Circulation and Biogeochemistry lab works to understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes controlling the Earth's climate through the exchange of heat and carbon between the ocean and atmosphere.
Interdisciplinary ocean research topics have included: bio-optics, biogeochemistry, hurricanes, ocean eddies, and monsoons plus medical research concerning the use of scent detection dogs for COVID-19 screening.
Infectious Diseases Physician/Adjunct Assistant Professor
5813 Ellison Hall
Clinical and public health aspects of Infectious Diseases, with a particular interest in HIV medicine, STDs and SARS-CoV2, as well as many non-infectious but affiliated clinical conditions affecting vulnerable populations including substance use disorders.
I am an analytic cartographer, with special interests in gazetteers, topographical and geological maps. What is the first thing people recognize on a map? Text. What kind of map downplays text the most? Geological.
My research focuses on the impact of human interference and land-use change on the movement behavior of tigers and leopards in Thailand, assisted with spatial data science and spatiotemporal modelling.
I study the atmospheric systems and climatic modes on the variability of climate extremes. Research interests are climate extremes, precipitation, land-atmosphere feedbacks, hydrologic processes and geostatistical analysis.
I am a political scientist with research in political geography, local politics, and the politics of housing and transportation. My latest work examines how people understand the economic effects of housing construction in their neighborhoods and metropolitan areas.
I'm interested in different conceptions of the environment, specifically the tensions between environmental policy and Indigenous geographies. I also research how social movements assert land rights and environmental justice.
TGIF Grant Manager/Campus Sustainability Manager
4128 Cheadle Hall
Manages The Green Initiative Fund, UCSB’s sustainability reporting, the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Planning, outreach and communication for UCSB Sustainability, and the planning the Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit.
My training is in Remote Sensing, applied to fire science in chaparral. I've also looked at oil spills, thermal IR data, and currently I'm studying crop area of subsistence farms in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Multi-scale wildfire risk mitigation planning and implementation; holistic, community-driven disaster risk resiliency planning; GIS; fire engineering; spatial statistics and optimization;
performance of structures and critical infrastructure to extreme fire loads
Responsible for financial administration for departmental, gift, and extramural awards; monthly reconciliation and statement production; interdepartmental and intercampus recharges; transfer of funds, subcontracts and PSA payments.
My work focuses on characterization of marine sinking particles and their role in biogeochemical cycles using a variety of tools including the marine snow catcher. Advisors: Uta Passow and David Siegel.
I study of the interaction between people and their environments, and analyze the spatial characteristics of all manner of cultural, economic, political, and physical processes and their relationships.
I work on the evaluation and design of social policies, with a focus on social protection, food security and nutrition. I am also interested in studying risk-sharing networks and consumption smoothing in village economies.
Shrad is a large-scale hydrologist with expertise in drought monitoring, and seasonal scale climate and drought forecasting. His research focuses on improving drought monitoring and early warning capabilities.
My research is focused on understanding human mobility patterns, travel behavior, and urban dynamics using spatiotemporal analytics, statistical models, discrete choice modeling, and machine learning techniques.
Professor Vice Chair for Academic Personnel
5809 Ellison Hall
Problems associated with poverty and interregional differences in development trajectories. These interests are manifest in, and interact with, aspects of demography (fertility, family formation, migration), health (morbidity), livelihood (especially agriculturists), and gender.
I look at how plants, water, climate, and people interact - from the scale of a tree to watersheds. I do this by combining multiple sources of data with earth system models - that my group designs and applies. Eco-hydrology meets Eco-Informatics.
My doctoral research focuses on investigating the impacts of extreme weather events on agriculture, and human and economic development in India using spatial data science, machine learning and econometrics.
William's interests encompass the use of remotely sensed climate data (precipitation and evapotranspiration) to monitor crop-water demands and drought-related food insecurity in rainfed agricultural areas, particularly in eastern and southern Africa.
My research focuses on understanding movement behaviors of animals and humans, and their interactions with the environment, using machine learning/deep learning, spatial data science, and spatiotemporal modelling.
My research is on climate accountability, in which I bring together climate attribution research (specifically regarding drought), vulnerability assessments, and carbon accounting, all within the research program of climate justice.