Directory

Camila Abe

PhD Student JDP

I'm interested in hydrology, and in the interactions between natural and human drivers on water availability and quality.

Elizabeth Ackert

Assistant Professor

5806 Ellison Hall
Professor Ackert conducts research in the areas of population geography, immigration, health geography, and urban geography using quantitative social science research methods.

Peter Alagona

Affiliated Faculty

4013 Bren Hall
Environmental history & conservation science.

Jean Allen

PhD Student

4817 Ellison Hall
I'm interested in multidisciplinary approaches to remote sensing, especially fire, and helping people live safely and happily in a changing climate.

Sophia Arabadjis

MA/PhD Student

5723 Ellison Hall
Population health in geography, health and environmental exposures, wearable technology insights, applied statistics.

Ryoko Araki

PhD Student JDP

Hydrology, rainfall-runoff process, soil moisture dynamics, floods & droughts, land-use & climate change.

Jasmine Arpagian

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

Ettore Asoni

PhD Student JDP

5815 Ellison Hall
Immigration detention in Europe and the United States.

Crystal Bae

Postdoctoral Researcher

4835 Ellison Hall
Dr. Bae is a spatial cognition researcher whose work focuses on geographic visualization, navigation behavior, and social interaction and decision-making.

Carlos Baez

PhD Student

5724 Ellison Hall
I develop spatiotemporal models for planning and managing urban systems.

Aaron Bagnell

PhD Student IGPMS

5839 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Jiwon Baik

MA/PhD Student

5722 Ellison Hall
Operations research / spatial optimization, spatial modeling, GIS, machine learning and applied statistics.

Michael Bales

System Administrator

1713 Ellison Hall
System Administrator

Ian Baxter

PhD Student

4710 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Kathy Baylis

Professor

5808 Ellison Hall
I explore how agricultural, trade, and conservation policy affects human and environmental outcomes.

Gabrielle Benoit

MA/PhD Student

5714 Ellison Hall
Population Health and Environment, Health Geography, Demography, Biodemography.

Justin Bissell

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

Sari Blakeley

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sari Blakeley researches climate variability and farmer impacts in West Africa.

Ricky Brokaw

PhD Student IGPMS

5835 Ellison Hall
Investigating water mass sources and transport of materials to kelp forests.

Samuel Brooke

Postdoctoral Researcher

4812 Ellison Hall
I study the geomorphology of rivers, quantifying their spatio-temporal evolution using field data and remote sensing techniques.

Susan Burtner

PhD Student

5715 Ellison Hall
Natural language processing, spatial data science, network science, operations research / spatial optimization, computational social science.

Ling Cai

PhD Student

2610 Ellison Hall
Temporal Knowledge Graph, Urban Computing, Spatiotemporal Reasoning and Representation.

Ren Cao

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

Luke Carberry

PhD Student IGPMS

5838 Ellison Hall
Phytoplankton biophysics across time and space scales.

Leila Carvalho

Professor

6808 Ellison Hall
An interdisciplinary domain that investigates coupled systems to advance understanding of the Earth’s climate on multiple scales.

Susan Cassels

Associate Professor

5710 Ellison Hall
The central focus of my research is on geographic mobility, sexual health, and HIV prevention mostly among sexual and gender minorities.
My research focus is susceptibility to landslides triggered by rainfall in wildfire settings. Interested in climate change, landslide susceptibility and hazard, data analysis, remote sensing

Dylan Catlett

PhD Student IGPMS

5839 Ellison Hall
Biological oceanographer studying phytoplankton and protist communities in the coastal ocean.

Kelly Caylor

Professor

6812 Ellison Hall
Professor Caylor studies the interactions between water, vegetation, and society across the world’s drylands.

Oliver Chadwick

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

4807 Ellison Hall
Research interests include pedology, soil geomorphology, soil geochemistry, quaternary geology, organic and mineral fluxes during soil, atmosphere, water and vegetation interaction.

Jia-Ching Chen

Affiliated Faculty

2127 SSMS
Currently, his interests are in China's role in shaping the global green economy and the spread of Chinese planning expertise through its international development activities.

Seonga Cho

PhD Student

5721 Ellison Hall
Geographic Information Science; Spatial Optimization; Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis; Urban Dynamics.

Elizabeth Chrastil

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Human path integration, spatial memory, and large-scale navigation in complex environments.

Vena Chu

Assistant Professor

4818 Ellison Hall
Remote sensing and field observations to study Arctic hydrologic systems in a changing climate.

Richard Church

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.

Keith Clarke

Professor

1720 Ellison Hall
Cartography and Geographical Information Science.

David Cleveland

Professor Emeritus
Research Professor (GEOG & ENST)

Environmental Studies 4019
My current research focus is evaluating the potential for diet change and local food systems for solving the health, environmental/climate, and equity crises.

Merissa Coello

MA/PhD Student

4708 Ellison Hall
I study the mechanisms of the Santa Barbara County high-intensity Sundowner winds!

Michael Colee

Director of Computing

6703 Ellison Hall
Directs computing services for both Geography and the Earth Research Institute.

Donald Colley III

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

Justin Cook

PhD Student

5723 Ellison Hall
I am currently researching patterns of human fertility change in the United States, as well as maternal and infant health markers related to economic, ethnic, and spatial factors.

Helen Couclelis

Professor Emeritus

4811 Ellison Hall
I work in urban and regional modeling and planning, spatial cognition, geographic information science, geography of the information society.

Sarah Dahl

Personnel Analyst

1832 Ellison Hall
Manages departmental personnel administration for Student, Staff, Researcher (non-faculty), and Affiliate appointments, including hiring, payroll, timecard procedures, job description facilitation, and benefits questions.

Samira Daneshgar Asl

Postdoctoral Scholar

4841 Ellison Hall
Dr. Daneshgar's research interests lie mainly in the areas of marine oil spill and cryo-hydrologic remote sensing.

Debsmita Das

PhD Student

4809 Ellison Hall
Sediment transport in river channels.

Kristofer Daum

MA/PhD Student

4817 Ellison Hall
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.

Frank Davenport

Research Scientist

4722 Ellison Hall
The intersections of climate, food systems, food security, and human health.

Angela Davies

MA/PhD Student

5714 Ellison Hall
Population health, social vulnerability to climate change, spatial access, and demography.

Frank Davis

Affiliated Faculty

3512 Bren Hall
Professor Davis uses remote sensing and GIS to analyze the distribution and management of wild species and ecosystems.

Marian De Orla-Barile

MA/PhD Student

4708 Ellison Hall
I am planning to study extratropical weather and cyclones as they relate to sea surface temperatures.

Tim DeVries

Associate Professor

6804 Ellison Hall
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.

Tommy Dickey

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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.

Qinghua Ding

Associate Professor

6806 Ellison Hall
Tropical-extratropical teleconnection, Large-scale atmosphere/ocean interaction, Polar climate variability, Paleoclimate, Climate change, Seasonal prediction, Coupled climate modeling.

Somayeh Dodge

Assistant Professor

4814 Ellison Hall
My research focuses on developing data analytics, knowledge discovery, modeling, simulation, and visualization techniques to study movement and spatiotemporal processes.

Karen Doehner

Administrative Coordinator

3512 Phelps Hall
Coordinates activities and projects for the Center for Spatial Studies (spatial@ucsb). Handles planning and administrative functions for the center.

Jeff Dozier

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Research Professor

Jeff studies optical properties of snow. He helped animate Disney’s Frozen, his only Oscar (2014 Best Animated Feature).

Michelle Dubreuil

PhD Student JDP

My research utilizes quantitative and qualitative data to analyze the lived experiences of new Haitian migrants between two very different migrant communities.

Vanessa Echeverri Figueroa

PhD Student

5716 Ellison Hall
Regional optimization models for identifying patches for wildfire treatment.

Nathalie Eegholm

PhD Student IGPMS

5843 Ellison Hall
I am studying giant kelp populations in the Santa Barbara Channel with a models and remote sensing data.

Crystal English

PhD Student JDP

Geospatial and temporal strategic risk assessment of crime.

Dami Oludamilola Eyelade

PhD Student

5704 Ellison Hall
I study the evolution of flood risks with increasing urbanization using methods from cartography and remote sensing.

Kristina Fauss

MA/PhD Student

5838 Ellison Hall
Wildfire Ecology and Management, Wildfire Spread and Fuels Matrix, Risk Analysis, Human Response to Disaster.

Alex Feldwinn

Help Desk Manager
Windows Systems Administrator

1709 Ellison Hall
Helps administer department Windows servers and manages all the instructional spaces. Also manages the desktop support for the staff, faculty, and graduate students in the department.

Lynn Fitzgibbons

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.

Allysa Foot

Purchasing, Travel & Student Programs Assistant

1837 Ellison Hall
Oversees the following items: miscellaneous reimbursements, travel reimbursements, purchasing, textbooks, newsletters, spatial minor advising, student workshops, social media.

Jim Frew

Affiliated Faculty

Research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences.

Chris Funk

Director, Climate Hazards Center

4716 Ellison Hall
Chris develops data sets and analyses that help us cope with climate change and extremes.

Vamsi Ganti

Assistant Professor

4810 Ellison Hall
Mechanics of landscape evolution in modern and ancient times.

Catherine Gautier

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Research areas are Global Climate Change Science and Education.

Michael Goodchild

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Although I am no longer involved in active research I continue to follow progress in geographic information science.

Konstadinos Goulias

Professor

5706 Ellison Hall
Dynamic microsimulation, travel behavior analysis, activity-based travel demand forecasting, behavioral dynamics, human survey design, smart green cities.

Dan Grafton

PhD Student JDP

Environmental geography, feminist glaciologies, Antarctica, GIS, and environmental philosophy.

Rachel Green

PhD Student

3611 Ellison Hall
My research focuses on understanding predictability of vegetation health across dryland ecosystems and how drought impacts agriculture, food security, and human displacement.

Evan Greenberg

PhD Student

4812 Ellison Hall
Fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology.

Laura Harrison

Specialist and Operations Analyst

4720 Ellison Hall
Analysis of climate data, forecasts, and remotely sensed and modeled agroclimatic data to support early warning for food insecurity.

Jordan Hastings

Project Scientist

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.

Madison Heffentrager

PhD Student

5833 Ellison Hall
Coastal Geomorphology, Sediment Movement within Beach and Dune Systems, Erosion, GIS, TLS

Mary Hegarty

Affiliated Faculty

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Thomas Hervey

PhD Student

3512 Phelps Hall
I study 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.

Nicola Hesketh

Campus Sustainability Personnel & Financial Assistant

Manages Sustainability accounting, personnel, travel and misc. reimbursements. Staffs the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC).

Corbin Hodges

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ellison Hall 5833
Corbin Hodges is broadly interested in researching the causes of poverty and ways in which to sustainably improve human well-being and conducts his research in two distinct populations.

Jeffrey Hoelle

Affiliated Faculty

I am a cultural anthropologist interested in human-environment interactions in the Brazilian Amazon.

Greg Husak

Researcher

4715 Ellison Hall
Analysis of precipitation, NDVI, and other agroclimatic indicators to identify food insecurity in developing countries.

Donald Janelle

Professor Emeritus
Research Professor

3512 Phelps Hall
Time-geography of cities, the role of space-adjusting technologies in structuring new patterns of social and economic organization, and locational conflict analysis.

Krzysztof Janowicz

Professor

4830/2610 Ellison Hall
Broadly speaking, Janowicz's research interests are at the intersection of geographic information science, data science, behavioral geography, and cognitive science.

Chanwoo Jin

PhD Student JDP

GIS, Spatiotemporal Data Science, Human and urban dynamics, Machine learning & Deep learning.

Charles Jones

Professor

6810 Ellison Hall
Research interests are in precipitation variability, extreme events, weather forecasts, predictability studies, regional modeling, monsoon systems, climate change and wildfires in California.

Kudzai Kaseki

Associate Specialist

5836 Ellison Hall
Dryland isotope ecohydrologist. Interested in deserts, droughts, floods, climate change.

Edward Keller

Affiliated Faculty

My research efforts include areas of surface processes and active tectonics centered on the western Transverse Ranges of southern California.

Christopher Kibler

PhD Student

3611 Ellison Hall
My research combines remote sensing and field ecology to study how vegetation responds to disturbance and degradation at a landscape scale.

Dong-Hyun Kim

PhD Student JDP

Hydrologic modeling.

Ji Hyun Kim

PhD Student IGPMS

5840 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Jennifer King

Professor

5812 Ellison Hall
I am a biogeochemist. I investigate natural and anthropogenic processes that influence patterns of element cycling in terrestrial ecosystems.

Jeffrey Kirkby

PhD Student

5831 Ellison Hall
Culture and personality, place attachment, place-based identities.

Sasha Kramer

PhD Student IGPMS

5841 Ellison Hall
Phytoplankton community structure in the surface ocean using in-water measurements and satellite remote sensing.

Werner Kuhn

Professor

5707 Ellison Hall
Geographic Information Science, usability, semantics of spatial information, ontology of the environment, linked data, semantic reference systems.

Martin Landsfeld

Academic Specialist

4714 Ellison Hall
Famine Early Warning

Donghoon Lee

Postdoctoral Scholar

I aim is to provide advanced hydroclimate forecast applications to facilitate water management and to promote humanitarian actions to prepare extreme hydrological hazards.

Alycia Lewis

Contracts & Grants Manager

1842 Ellison Hall
Manages Geography contract/grant administration and supervises staff in personnel, finances, purchasing/travel, and space.

Zhe Li

PhD Student IGPMS

4710 Ellison Hall
Research interests include large scale atmosphere - ocean interaction, polar climate variability, ocean heat content, and its interaction with biosphere.

Caitlyn Linehan

PhD Student

4806 Ellison Hall
My research utilizes spatial sciences to study walkability and green space access in urban areas, as well as equity of that access.

Yifei Liu

PhD Student

4835 Ellison Hall
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.

Zilong Liu

MA/PhD Student

4829 Ellison Hall
My research interest lies in geospatial semantics. I want to understand how people perceive the world from the perspective of geographic information science.

Hugo Loaiciga

Professor

3626A Ellison Hall
My research and teaching both focus on Hydrology & Water Resources Systems.

Andrew Loerch

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

David Lopez-Carr

Professor

4836 Ellison Hall / 3212 Phelps Hall
Human-environment dynamics, population, health, environment, livelihoods, land use, impacts, vulnerability, resilience, planetary health.

Mo Lovegreen

Geography Executive Officer
Sustainability Director

1841 Ellison Hall
Oversees all departmental operations: Academic Personnel, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Budget & Finance, C&G, Computing, Procurement, Reimbursements, Facilities & EH&S.

Nana Luo

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

James Marston

Assistant Project Scientist

Spatial Cognition, Blind Navigation Assistive Devises for Travel, Accessibility Parameters and Enhancements Multi-sensory Interfaces.

Justin Mathias

Postdoctoral Scholar

4843 Ellison Hall
Plant ecophysiology, global change biology, environmental isotopes, dendroecology, ecosystem modeling.

Marc Mayes

Associate Specialist Researcher
ERI

5836 Ellison Hall
My research addresses forest and savanna ecosystem responses to and recovery from disturbances such as drought, wildfire, and long-term land use.

Katie Maynard

Sustainability Officer

1712 Ellison Hall
Manages the Sustainability Internship Program. Serves as the Executive Director for the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) and staffs the UC Healthy Campus Network.

Elizabeth Mcbride

PhD Student

3625 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Joe McFadden

Associate Professor

5816 Ellison Hall
Vegetation–atmosphere interactions, urban climate, urban ecology, remote sensing, carbon cycle, water and energy budgets.

Conor McMahon

PhD Student

3611 Ellison Hall
I apply remote sensing technologies (chiefly aerial LiDAR and multispectral satellite imagery) to surveys of vegetation.

Katie McMahon

MA/PhD Student

5817 Ellison Hall
Climate change, food & water security, social vulnerability, health & environment.

Chelsie McWhorter

PhD Student

5831 Ellison Hall
Cognitive & behavioral geography, firefighter navigation, fire service culture & training practices, the cultural landscape, health geography, geographic education.

John Melack

Affiliated Faculty

4424 Bren Hall
Combine remote sensing with field studies of ecology in the Amazon and Sierra Nevada.

Joel Michaelsen

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

4712 Ellison Hall
Climate-related components of food-security in developing nations through the lens of geography.

Karly Miller

PhD Student IGPMS

I study 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.

Dan Montello

Professor

5711 Ellison Hall
Professor Montello’s research is in the areas of spatial, environmental, and geographic perception, cognition, affect, and behavior.

Corrie Monteverde

PhD Student JDP

I study climate and atmospheric processes, focusing specifically on regional climate modeling, applied climatology, and climate change impacts.

Tessa Montini

PhD Student

4709 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Christopher Moran

Research and Development Engineer

5832/1620 Ellison Hall
Chris primarily works on operation of marine instrumentation, including in-situ sensors, ROVs, and AUVs, as well as software development for processing data these platforms produce.

Bryn Morgan

PhD Student

5834 Ellison Hall
Bryn is a Ph.D. student in the Caylor Lab. Her research focuses on ecohydrological dynamics of dryland rivers, and UAV-based remote sensing.

Ye Mu

PhD Student

4707 Ellison Hall
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.

Alan Murray

Professor
Department Vice Chair

5718 Ellison Hall
GIScience, location modeling, spatial optimization, spatial analytics, regional science, natural resource management and emergency response.

Patty Murray

Undergraduate Advisor

1834 Ellison Hall
Serves as Undergraduate Advisor, working with students and faculty in areas of undergraduate education.

Deanna Nash

PhD Student

4706 Ellison Hall
Exploring the impact of climate change on precipitation and lightning related to Atmospheric Rivers.

Trisalyn Nelson

Professor
Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography

4803 Ellison Hall
As a researcher, Dr. Nelson and her team develop and apply spatial and spatial-temporal analyses to address applied questions in a wide range of fields from ecology to health.

Matthew Niblett

Research Associate

5833 Ellison Hall
Applying spatial optimization techniques at the intersection of data-science, computer science, and geography.

Nick Nidzieko

Associate Professor
Diversity Officer

4316 MSRB / 5830 Ellison Hall
Coastal physical oceanography and autonomous platforms.

Evgeny Noi

PhD Student

5721 Ellison Hall
I am a quantitative geographer doing research on locational theory pertaining to urban environment.

Michael Nowicki

PhD Student IGPMS

5837 Ellison Hall
Inverse modeling using data assimilation methods for improving estimates of ocean carbon export and sequestration.

Cat Oreglia

Academic Personnel & Space Analyst

1836 Ellison Hall
Responsible for all faculty appointments (including affiliated, adjunct, and emeriti), research merit cases, Department safety representative (DSR), and office and lab space coordinator.

Samuel Orndorff

PhD Student JDP

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.

Derek Pagenkopp

MA/PhD Student

5807 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Jaehee Park

PhD Student JDP

Big Data, Social media data analysis, Spatial social networks, and Place effects on health.

Jewel Persad

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.

Pete Peterson

Scientific Programmer

4718 Ellison Hall
Pete Peterson is the CHIRPS curator with the CHC, of which he has been involved for ten years.

Seth Peterson

Associate Specialist

4723 Ellison Hall
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.

Amelia Pludow

PhD Student

5716 Ellison Hall
Demography of wildfire risk; location modeling, spatial analysis & optimization, GIScience.

Nancy Ponce

Financial Analyst

1840 Ellison Hall
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.

Farrah Powell

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

Gregory Quetin

Postdoctoral Researcher

4843 Ellison Hall
I study how the interactions of the biosphere and the climate shape the future of carbon, water, and energy in the Earth System.

Sean Reid

MA/PhD Student

5712 Ellison Hall
My current research is focused on migration characteristics of men who have sex with men in the United States.

Consuelo Rivera

Staff Graduate Program Advisor
Student Programs Manager

1831 Ellison Hall
Manages the graduate program and coordinates TA/GSR/reader/fellowships appointments along with Associates and Lecturers.

Dar Roberts

Professor

3611 Ellison Hall
I use remote sensing to study environmental problems using sensors that cover the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Elisa Romanelli

PhD Student IGPMS

5841 Ellison Hall
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.

Trevor Romich

PhD Student

5807 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Saeed Roshan

Postdoctoral Scholar

5840 Ellison Hall
Saeed Roshan studies the oceanic cycling of trace metals, carbon, and macronutrients applying numerical Ocean Circulation Models (OCMs) and Machine Learning (ML) tools.

David Rother

PhD Student JDP
Teaching Associate

Wildfires and their effects on the land and ecological services; Applying satellite data to determine wildfire burn severity and post-fire vegetation recovery; Surface climate modeling.

Jacob Rowlett

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

Majid Sadeghi

Research Affiliate

Ellison Hall 3610
I work in the field of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) for stormwater management (operations and practices) that protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle.

Clare Saiki

PhD Student

3611 Ellison Hall
Hyperspectral and LiDAR remote sensing applications for fire ecology to investigate the impact of heterogeneous fire fuel characterizations on consumption and source emissions estimates.

Hui Shi

PhD Student

3625D Ellison Hall
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.

Meilin Shi

MA/PhD Student

4829 Ellison Hall
Spatial Data Science, Location-based Social Media, Human Mobility.

Aditya Shrinivas

Postdoctoral Researcher

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.

Shraddhanand Shukla

Researcher

4721 Ellison Hall
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.

David Siegel

Professor

6844 Ellison Hall
Physical and optical oceanography, physical/ecological coupling, ocean biogeochemistry, and spatial ecology via ship and remote observations and numerical modeling.

Germán Silva

MA/PhD Student

5803 Ellison Hall
Wetland plants as indicators of ecosystem response to ecological change.

Ray Smith

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Remote sensing of oceans, biological oceanography, primary production and bio-optical modeling with emphasis on Antarctic ecosystems.

Terry Smith

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Individual and aggregate decision making, and the application of methods of artificial intelligence models to such problems.

Jordan Snyder

PhD Student IGPMS

5829 Ellison Hall
Remote sensing-based flux measurements of terrestrial materials in the inner shelf. Method development to infer water movement throughout the water column using low-altitude aerial vehicles.

Daniela Soleri

Research Scientist

Quantitative, participatory research investigating knowledge systems in small scale agriculture, and collaboration with formal science.

Ryan Solgi

MA/PhD Student

5704 Ellison Hall
Optimization and machine learning and its application in hydroinformatics.

Austin Sonnier

Staff Research Associate

I work to improve drought early warning forecasting tools and data sets for famine-susceptible countries.

Michaela Sten

PhD Student IGPMS

5843 Ellison Hall
Networking of open ocean phytoplankton communities.
Max works on societal risk to climate-sensitive hazards, specifically disparities in climate change impacts and adaptive capacity across the US.

Rongxiang Su

PhD Student

3625 Ellison Hall
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.

Stuart Sweeney

Professor
Department Chair

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.

Anna Trugman

Assistant Professor

4816 Ellison Hall
How changes in climate and water availability affect ecosystem diversity, productivity, and resilience across large spatial scales.

William Turner

PhD Student

4707 Ellison Hall
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.

Cecily Tye

PhD Student IGPMS

5838 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Sigrid Van Den Abbeele

MA/PhD Student

5714 Ellison Hall
Population health, health geography, economic geography, demography.

David Vanderzee

PhD Student IGPMS

I study 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.

Kevin Varga

MA/PhD Student

4709 Ellison Hall
I currently map, model, and find ways to mitigate wildfire danger, including studying fire weather, behavior, and fuels.

Kelly Montesinos Velazquez

MA/PhD Student

5835 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Ian Walker

Professor

4834 Ellison Hall
Coastal and aeolian (windblown) geomorphology, beaches, dunes, coastal erosion, sediment transport, geoarchaeology.

Zijian Wan

MA/PhD Student

4835 Ellison Hall
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.

Vania Wang

PhD Student

5712 Ellison Hall
I’m interested in using spatial and computational tools to understand human movement and health.

Zhangyu Wang

PhD Student

4829 Ellison Hall
GIScience, Geospatial Analysis, Machine Learning/Deep Learning.

Libe Washburn

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Research Professor

4306 MSRB
The Washburn lab uses robotic vehicles, HF radar, satellites, and other approaches to study the coastal ocean and its ecosystems.

Em Waters

PhD Student

5833 Ellison Hall
Coastal morphology, Sea level rise related hazards, InSAR remote sensing, Tectonics and geodesy

Juliet Way-Henthorne

Writer & Editor
Outreach Coordinator

4713 Ellison Hall
Edits and coauthors Climate Hazards Center manuscripts, articles, & grant proposals; content manager of CHC's website; maintains outreach activities & social media.

Krista West

PhD Student JDP
Research Fellow

I use remote sensing technologies and imagery to learn more about landscapes at risk of wildland fire.

Emily Williams

PhD Student

4815 Ellison Hall
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.

Jingyi Xiao

PhD Student

3625 Ellison Hall
Travel Behavior, Transportation Modeling, GIScience, Geospatial Analysis.

Jian Xu

PhD Student JDP

I study 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.

Jing Xu

PhD Student

5722 Ellison Hall
Spatial optimization, location modeling, GIS, spatial analysis, machine learning and applied statistics.

Kana Yamamoto

PhD Student IGPMS

Ellison 5837
Synthesizing satellite ocean-color data, field measurements, and computer models to understand the biogeochemical cycle of CDOM.

Haiyun Ye

PhD Student

1717 Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Yanni Zhan

PhD Student

3611E Ellison Hall
I study 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.

Huijie Zhang

PhD Student JDP

Remote sensing image processing and analysis, spatial data analysis.

Xiafei (Feifei) Zhao

MA/PhD Student

4809 Ellison Hall
My research focuses primarily on fluvial geomorphology and how flood variability impacts river morphology and bar kinematics.

Enbo Zhou

PhD Student

4817 Ellison Hall
Geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI), big data analytics, remote sensing, and spatial optimization.

Rui Zhu

Postdoctoral Scholar

2610 Ellison Hall
Geospatial semantics, spatial statistics, GeoAI, geo-knowledge graphs, fundamental GIS.

Katelyn Zigner

PhD Student

4707 Ellison Hall
I analyze observational weather data to supplement the climatology of fire weather in coastal Santa Barbara, and run wildfire models to 1) determine how well they can simulate past influential fires and 2) identify regions at high wildfire risk.