Research Interests

The Department of Geography is fortunate to house and work with faculty who are renowned in their fields. Explore by interest below.

List of Core and Affiliated Program Faculty

Core Graduate Faculty

Andrey Petrov
Economic, GIS, Arctic

John DeGroote

Thomas Larsen
Human-Environment Interactions, Theories of Place, Geography Education

Binqing Liang
Remote Sensing, GIS

Alex Oberle
Urban, GIS, Geography Education

Patrick Pease
Physical, Geomorphology

Lisa Tabor
Geography education, climate change education, professional skills

Mark Welford
Climate change, spatial dynamics of pandemics, tropical conservation



Affiliated Faculty

Maureen Clayton
Environmental, Water

Peter Berendzen

Mark Ecker
Spatial Statistics

Alan Czarnetzki
Meteorology, Air Quality

Marybeth Stalp
Gender, Culture

Brian Warby
International Development, Trade

Christopher Larimer
Political behavior, Electoral

Geography Concentration Areas and Active Faculty Research Project

Physical Geography

  • Geomorphology (Pease)
  • Geoarchaeology (May)
  • Hazards (Pease, May)
  • Quaternary Landscapes/Environment (Dahms)
  • Climate Change (Dahms, May)

Human Geography
  • Arctic Social and Environmental Systems (Petrov)
  • Financial Institutions and Immigrant Integration (Oberle)
  • Geographies of Knowledge Economy and Creative Capital (Petrov)
  • Regional Development and Policy (Petrov, Strauss)
  • International Trade, Economy, and Development (Owusu)
  • Transportation (Strauss)
  • Historical and Cultural Geography of Cities (Oberle, Weller)

  • Advanced Spatial Analysis and Statistics (Ecker, Petrov)
  • Geovisualization (Liang, Petrov)
  • Health Geographics (DeGroote, Sugumaran)
  • Remote Sensing (Sugumaran, Liang, Petrov)
  • Spatial Decision Support Systems (DeGroote, Sugumaran)

Geography Education
  • Geotechniques in Geography Education (Oberle)
  • Internationalizing Teacher Education (Oberle)
  • Geography Curriculum (Oberle, Weller)