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Editorial Board

Craig ZumBrunnen

Editor-in-chief

Craig ZumBrunnen
Professor
Department of Geography
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195, USA

Biography :

Dr. Craig′s professional training is a conflation of diverse natural and social sciences. He received a B.A. cum laude in geology with minors in mathematics, chemistry, zoology and history from the University of Minnesota in June 1966. Although accepted into the University of Minnesota′s Medical School, he chose instead to accept a five-year NDEA Fellowship in Geological Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. While at Caltech he also began studying Russian language and became very interested in interdisciplinary environmental and social sciences and their roles in alterative approaches to economic-ecologic development. After receiving his M.S. degree in geological sciences in June 1968, he resigned his fellowship at Caltech and was accepted into the doctoral program in geography at U.C. Berkeley where focused his studies on environmental problems in the former Soviet Union, especially water pollution problems. In 1972 Craig accepted a position in the Department of Geography at the Ohio State University, returning to U.C. Berkeley in the summer 1973 to complete his PhD dissertation. In September 1977, he accepted an offer to join the faculty of the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. Ever since 1968 he has primarily focused on interdisciplinary research and field experience in the former Soviet Union dealing with urban, population, natural resource management, energy, and environmental pollution problems. While serving as Co-Director and then Director of the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington (2000-2004) he was also a Co-Pi on the U.W. five-year NSF IGERT grant in Urban Ecology. He has been involved in interdisciplinary environmental teaching and research for over 40 years and since 1989 has made ever-increasing use of experiential learning and small group processes in his classes, including his classes on mathematical modeling of human-economic-ecological interactions.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Natural resource management and conservation
Environmental quality problems
Methods of resource analysis
Physical geography
Former Soviet Union
Modeling of human impact in natural systems
Issues of energy use and climate change

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Jay Parrish

Jay Parrish
Professor
Dutton Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
East Petersburg, PA 17520, USA

Biography :

Dr. Jay Parrish is Professor of Practice in the Dutton Institute, part of the world campus at Penn State University. He teaches remote sensing on-line. He was the State Geologist and Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey under DCNR for 9+ years. He has a PhD in Geophysics from Penn State and has worked as an oil explorationist for Mobil Oil, environmental forensic image analyzer, college professor, volunteer with the Mennonite Church, Ball Aerospace researcher at NASA′s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and as director of the GIS Department for Lancaster County, PA. He has particular interest in geobotanical remote sensing. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in the state of Pennsylvania. He has been president of PAMAGIC, Chair of PAGIC, Acting State GIS Coordinator, National Geospatial Advisory Committee member and currently a member of NDEP (National Digital Elevation program).

 Biography
Research Interest :

Geobotanical remote sensing
Energy related uses of remotely sensed data

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Susanna Bettina Hecht

Susanna Bettina Hecht
Professor
Department of Geography
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656, USA

Biography :

Dr. Susanna is Professor in Department of Geography at University of California, USA.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Political ecology
Theories of environmental change
Globalization and natural resources
Environment and development in the tropics
Conservation in inhabited environments
Matrix ecology and rural development
Gender and natural resources
Amazon basin forest resurgence
Indigenous knowledge systems, resources and Resistance movements
Peasant economies and globalization
Agroecology
Environmental history
Historical ecology
Amazonian Pre-Columbian bio-archeology
Institutions and governmentality
Participatory planning
Tropical land use and climate consequences

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Allen J. Scott

Allen J. Scott
Professor
Department of Geography
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1524, USA

Biography :

Dr. Allen J. Scott holds the rank of distinguished professor with joint appointments in the Department of Public Policy and the Department of Geography at the University of California-Los Angeles. He was elected fellow of the British Academy in 1999, and was the recipient of the Prix Vautrin Lud for 2003. He was awarded the Anders Retzius Gold Medal by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography in 2009. His book “On Hollywood: the Place, the Industry” (Princeton University Press, 2005) won the Meridian Book Prize in March 2006. His most recent book, “The Social Economy of the Metropolis” was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Urbanization and Globalization
The Cultural Economy of Cities
Industrial Organization and Location
Economic Development

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William G. Moseley

William G. Moseley
Professor
Geography Department
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN 55105-1899, USA

Biography :

Dr. William G. Moseley is a professor of geography at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN USA.  He is an environment and development geographer with particular expertise in political ecology, tropical agriculture, food policy, livelihood security, and Africa.  Before becoming an academic, he worked for ten years in the field of international development for such organizations as Save the Children (UK), the World Bank and USAID.  He has published six books and over 50 academic articles and book chapters.  He formerly served as a national councilor to the Association of American Geographers, editor of the African Geographical Review, and co-authored a National Academy of Science report on strategic directions for geography.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright-Hays program.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Political ecology
Tropical agriculture
Food security
Famine
Drought
Livelihood security
Africa

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B. Ikubolajeh Logan

B. Ikubolajeh Logan
Professor of Geography
Director of the African Studies Program
The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA 16802, USA

Biography :

Dr. B. Ikubolajeh Logan is currently employed as Professor of African Studies and Geography in the Pennsylvania State University, USA

 Biography
Research Interest :

Human-environment interactions in Africa
The Poor and poverty systems in Africa
Vulnerability, resilience, adaptation and coping strategies of poverty-environment systems
Community conceptualizations of environment-conservation-development-policy nexus
Land reform, state and communal rights, legal and illegal resource control and extraction
Food security and the environment
Globalization and intellectual and material resource control and extraction
Brain drain studies

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Bimal K. Paul

Bimal K. Paul
Professor
Department of Geography
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-0801, USA

Biography :

Dr. Bimal Kanti Paul is a Professor of Geography at Kansas State University, USA. He is a hazard geographers with additional interests on health and population geography, and quantitative analysis. Although his areal specialty is in South Asia, he has conducted research on tornadoes, flash floods, blizzards, forest fires, and hurricanes in the United States. Dr. Paul received fellowships and grants from many external sources. He has published more than 140 papers including 80 in refereed journals. He is currently Book Review Editor of the Professional Geographer and Editor of the Special Publications of the National Council for Geographic Education.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Population geography
Medical geography
Computer cartography
Natural hazards
Quantitative methods
South Asia

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Lakshman Yapa

Lakshman Yapa
Professor
Department of Geography
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802, USA

Biography :

Dr. Lakshman Yapa is currently working as Professor of Geography in The Pennsylvania State University, USA

 Biography
Research Interest :

Post-modern discourse theory
Third World
Theories of poverty
community development
GIS applications
public scholarship and service learning

 Research Interest
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Eduardo Jaramillo

Eduardo Jaramillo
Professor
Institute of Environmental Science and Evolutionary,  Universidad Austral de Chile (Southern University of Chile) Valdivia

 

Biography :

Dr. Eduardo Jaramillo is Professor of Marine Ecology in the Institute of Environmental and Evolutive Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile. He received a Zoology Degree at Universidad Austral de Chile and a PhD in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, USA. He teaches Marine Ecology for undergraduate and graduate students, and introductory courses of Marine Biology, Aquatic Baseline Studies and Structure of Scientific Research for undergraduate courses. He has published papers on sandy beaches, estuarine bottoms, wetlands and rocky shores.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Sandy beach and estuarine ecology
Effects of natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions) on the ecology of aquatic ecosystems

 Research Interest
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Setsuya Nakada

Setsuya Nakada
Professor of Volcanology
Volcano Research Center
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo 113-0032, Japan

Biography :

Dr. Setsuya Nakada is currently employed as professor at Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. He was the science leader of the Unzen Scientific Drilling Project of International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) during 1999-2004. He was also the past president of International Association of Volcanology and chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) (2007-2011).

 Biography
Research Interest :

Geology, rock science of volcanoes and forecasting volcanic eruptions
Eruptions and disasters of volcanoes in Japan, Northern Marianas, Indonesia and so on.

 Research Interest
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David E. Alexander

David E. Alexander
Professor & Chief Senior Scientist,
Global Risk Forum in Davos
Switzerland

Biography :

Dr. David Alexander is Chief Senior Scientist at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His books include "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe" and "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management". He is co-editor of the international journal Disasters and is a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. David Alexander teaches emergency planning and management and has research interests in this field.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Emergency planning and management
Earthquakes
Natural hazards and disasters
Vulnerability
Resilience

 Research Interest
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Ji-Quan Zhang

Ji-Quan Zhang
Professor
Natural Disasater Research Insititute
Northeast Normal University
Jilin Province, China

Biography :

Dr. Ji-Quan Zhang is the professor of College of Urban and Environmental Sciences and Director of Natural Disaster Research Institute, Northeast Normal University, China.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Risk Assessment
Early-warning and Integrated Management Strategies of Disasters (e.g. Flood, drought, grassland fire disaster, Ecology and Environment)

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Yuanzhi Zhang

Yuanzhi Zhang
Professor
Institute of Space and Earth Information Science
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong

Biography :

Prof. Yuanzhi Zhang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and has been the director of the Yuen Yuen Satellite Remote Sensing Research Centre since December 2006. He was also appointed as the head of the Laboratory of Coastal Zone Studies at Shenzhen Research Institute of CUHK in November 2011.
Prof. Zhang graduated from the Changchun College of Geology (now Jilin University) in 1986, received his Master of Science degree in Remote Sensing and Cartography from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1991 and earned his Doctor of Science degree in Remote Sensing and GIS from Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Finland in 2005.
He worked as a research assistant at CAS from 1991 to 1996, a research scientist at HUT from 1998-2004, and a senior research scientist at HUT in Finland and at Sherbrooke University in Canada from 2005 to 2006 where he conducted research on remote sensing of water quality monitoring in coastal areas and inland lakes, snow water equivalent estimation in boreal forest areas, environmental and geological issues. In October 2006, he joined ISEIS and began developing research on cloud prone and rainy area remote sensing, focused particularly on land subsidence, oil spill detection, red tide monitoring, and coastal zone management in Hong Kong and its vicinity.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Coastal environmental monitoring and assessment
Lithosphere and its interactions in Earth System Science
Environmental remote sensing, geo-data analysis, and spatial statistics
Advanced estimation and optimization methods
Microwave remote sensing of land surface (water, soil, rock, forest, snow/ice)
Optical properties of lakes, rivers, coastal and marine waters

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Srilert Chotpantarat

Srilert Chotpantarat
Department of Geology
Chulalongkorn University
Thailand

Biography :

Dr. Srilert Chotpantarat is Lecturer of Hydrology and Hydrogeology and Graduate Program Committee of Earth Science at Geology Department, Faculty of Science and Researcher of Center of Excellence for Environmental and Hazardous Waste Management, Chulalongkorn University. Dr. Srilert has published widely in hydrology and hydrogeology areas including contaminant transport in vadose and saturated zones (i. e. , pesticide, nitrate and heavy metals), groundwater flow and solute transport modeling accounting for the geochemical reaction. Dr. Srilert has served mining companies and government agency as an expert in mining environment and give comments and suggestion to prevent mining sites from acid mine drainage problem and their consequences for groundwater contamination. Moreover, Dr. Srilert has served as a reviewer for many journals such as Journal of Soils and Sediments, Journal of Geology and mining research, and Sustainable Environmental Research (Formerly, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management, JEEAM).

 Biography
Research Interest :

Hydrology
Hydrogeology
Groundwater Contamination and Modeling
Fate and Transport of Contaminants
Soil and groundwater remediation techniques
Risk Assessment of groundwater
Water Resources Management
Environmental Management
Colloidal transport

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Ayse Everest

Ayse Everest
Professor
Department of Biology
Mersin University
Turkey

Biography :

Dr. Ayse Everest is a Professor in Department of Biology, Mersin University, Turkey.

 Biography
Research Interest :

C, N mineralization of organic matter
Plant geography
Flora and forest ecosystems (plant biodiversity)
Alpin-taurus-himalayan orogenic relationships

 Research Interest
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Jamil Kazmi

Jamil Kazmi
Professor
Department of Geography
University of Karachi
Karachi 75270, Pakistan

Biography :

Dr. Jamil Kazmi is a Professor and the former Chairman in the Department of Geography, University of Karachi, Karachi. He received his doctoral degree in Geography from University of Karachi (1997), and completed his Post Doctoral term from University of Georgia, Athens under the Senior Fulbright Scholarship 1998-99 in the field of GIS/Remote Sensing. Dr. Jamil Kazmi also associated as Research Associate, with the Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada from 2002-2008. Over the past eight years, Dr. Kazmi has conducted projects using GIS for spatial analysis and assessment of land use planning environmental data, urban ecology, emission inventories, and vectors of diseases. He has focused on environmental degradation, disease ecology, air pollution, noise pollution, water quality, and mosquito and turtle habitats. In addition he has completed many EIA projects on dam site development, Highways, wetland reserves, excavation impacts, pesticide dumps, air and noise pollution. He has extensive experience of related work in Pakistan, Canada and USA, and has good knowledge of software for mapping, database development, image processing and manipulation of remote sensing/cartographic data. Teaching is a mission and passion for Dr. Kazmi and has 24 years of teaching experience to his credit both in Asian and North American Universities. He has produced 9 Ph.Ds., two M Phil and co-supervised a Post Doc.  He has published extensively in journals of international repute in the area of his research interests such as the application of Geo-informatics in environmental modeling, disaster managment and disease ecology. He is the editor of five international journals and reviewer of many journals of Geogrpahy and Geo-Informatics. Dr. Kazmi is a recipient of the most prestigious awards such as “ Special Achievement in GIS” by ESRI, USA and “Best University Teacher Award” by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Government of Pakistan.

 Biography
Research Interest :

GIS for spatial analysis
Assessment of land use planning environmental data
Urban ecology
Emission inventories
Vectors of diseases

 Research Interest
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Ningchuan Xiao

Ningchuan Xiao
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Biography :

Dr. Ningchuan Xiao is currently working as Associate Professor in Department of Geography at The Ohio State University

 Biography
Research Interest :

Geographical information science
Spatial decision support systems
Ecological and environmental modeling
Spatial optimization and location analysis
Geovisualization
Artificial intelligence and evolutionary algorithms
High performance computing

 Research Interest
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Philip L. Chaney

Philip L. Chaney
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Geography
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849, USA

Biography :

Dr. Philip L. Chaney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Geography at Auburn University. He received his PhD in Geography from Louisiana State University. His research focuses on the human dimensions of natural hazards in terms of human perception and behavior, and land use planning issues. He is also a registered Professional Surveyor.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Social vulnerability to tornadoes and hurricanes
Water Resources
Political boundary disputes
Natural Hazards
Public policy
Landuse planning
National Flood Insurance Program

 Research Interest
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Thomas J. Cova

Thomas J. Cova
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9155, USA

Biography :

Dr. Thomas J. Cova is an associate professor of Geography at the University of Utah and the Director of the Center for Natural & Technological Hazards. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon and an M.A. and PhD in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara where he was an Eisenhower Fellow. His research and teaching interests are hazards, transportation, and geographic information science with a particular focus on evacuation modeling, behavior and analysis. His 2005 paper in Natural Hazards Review resulted in a new national standard for transportation egress in wildfire-prone areas (NFPA 1141). He has published papers in Transportation Research (A & C), the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Natural Hazards, Geographical Analysis, Natural Hazards Review, and Environment and Planning A funded primarily through grants from the National Science Foundation. In 2008 he served as Program Chair for the International Conference on Geographical Information Science (GIScience 2008) in Park City, Utah.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Hazards
Transportation
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a particular focus on evacuation modeling
Behavior
Analysis

 Research Interest
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Wei Song

Wei Song
Associate Professor
Department of Geography and Geosciences
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292, USA

Biography :

Dr. Wei Song is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at the University of Louisville. He is also a Ph.D. faculty in Urban and Public Affairs (UPA), and a faculty member in the Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI) at the University of Louisville. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Intercultural Communication at the University of Louisville. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the Ohio State University, his M.A. in regional science from the George Washington University, and his M.S. in urban and regional studies from Peking University.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Location Analysis
Transportation Geography
Urban (Crimes) Issues
Quantitative Methods
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications
China

 Research Interest
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Raymond J. Dezzani

Raymond J. Dezzani
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3021, USA

Biography :

Dr. Raymond J. Dezzani is currently employed as an Associate Professor in Department of Geography at University of Idaho, USA

 Biography
Research Interest :

Spatial statistics (Markov random field models, local stochastic estimation, Markov transition)
Stochastic diffusion processes
GIS
Global and regional economic inequality measurement and world systems theory
Geographic trade models
Spatial models in landscape genetics
Wildfire propagation models

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Edgardo M. Latrubesse

Edgardo M. Latrubesse
Associate Professor
Department of Geography and the Environment
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin TX-78712, USA

Biography :

Dr. Edgardo Latrubesse is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geography and the Environment. He is a specialist on the Amazon but also develops research on large South American rivers and in the Mississippi River. Latrubesse is chair of the GLOCOPH working group on Large Rivers, leader of the working group Tropical Rivers Geomorphology of the International Association of Geomorphologists and leader of the IGCP 582 UNESCO project Tropical Rivers and was member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Geomorphologists (2001-2005). Currently he is member of the Editorial board of Geomorphology, Paleoecology of Africa, Latin American Journal of Sedimentology and Basin Analysis among others, and has been guest editor of several special issues of international journals and books.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Geomorphology
Hydrology of large rivers
Flood hazards and the impacts of human activities on large fluvial systems and tropical biomes

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Isaac Luginaah

Isaac Luginaah
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
The University of Western Ontario
London, ON, N6A5C2, Canada

Biography :

Dr. Isaac Luginaah is an Associate Professor and a Canada Research Chair in Health Geography, Western University. His current research includes health impacts of environmental exposure and population health. He obtained is PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 2001. In 2007, he was recognized by the Canadian Association of Geographers with the Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement, and in 2009, he was recognized by Western with a Faculty Scholar Award. He is currently an Associate Editor for the African Geographical Review.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Environment and Health
Population Health, HIV, AIDS
Air Pollution
GIS and Health

 Research Interest
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Le Wang

Le Wang
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14261, USA
Tel: 716-645-0474

Biography :

Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. degree from University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was trained as a remote sensing specialist. Particularly, his research falls in four directions: 1) coastal mangrove forest dynamics; 2) Invasive species spread modeling; 3) urban population estimation; 4) land cover and land use mapping and change studies. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on leading remote sensing and GIScience journals. His work has been supported by National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Geological Survey, etc. In addition, he was the recipient of 2008 Early Career award from the remote sensing specialty group of the American Association of Geographers.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Remote Sensing
GIScience
Forest Characterization
Environment modeling
Land Cover and Land Use change
Urban population estimation

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Desheng Liu

Desheng Liu
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
The Ohio State University
154 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH, USA
Tel: 614-247-2775
Fax: 614-292-6213

Biography :

Dr. Desheng Liu is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Statistics at The Ohio State University. He obtained his B.Eng. (2001) in GIS from Wuhan University, China, and his M.A. (2004) in Statistics and his M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2006) in Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a recipient of Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship Award from American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and Earth System Science Fellowship from National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA).

 Biography
Research Interest :

Remote Sensing Methods and Applications
Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics
Geographic Information Systems and Science
Land Use and Land Cover Change

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Haifeng (Charlie) Zhang

Haifeng (Charlie) Zhang
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & Geosciences
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292, USA
Tel: 502-852-2695

Biography :

Dr. Haifeng (Charlie) Zhang is currently working as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Department of Geography & Geosciences at University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

 Biography
Research Interest :

Geographic analysis of urban and social issues
Racial and ethnic analysis
Natural disasters and social vulnerability
Applied spatial analysis and policy
GIS and spatial statistical methods

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Kevin A. Henry

Kevin A. Henry
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
Tel: 801-581-8730

Biography :

Dr. Kevin A. Henry is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the development and application of geospatial methods and tools for investigating associations between neighborhood environments and health outcomes (e.g., cancer, pre-term birth, obesity, infectious disease). Most recently, he completed several projects that utilized cancer data to describe racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities in cancer incidence, treatment, and survival. This work employed various multi-level models and clustering techniques and involved the development of a new method to impute missing geocodes (geographical-imputation) to avoid geographic selection bias. He is presently collaborating on research funded by Susan G. Komen, which examines how geographic barriers to care impact breast cancer stage and treatment options. Prior to his current position, Dr. Henry was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Associate Director of the New Jersey Cancer Registry.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Health geography
Public Health Practice
Infectious Disease
Cancer Epidemiology
Applied GIS and Spatial Statistics for Health Data
Health Services

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Marcellus Marques Caldas

Marcellus Marques Caldas
Assistant Professor
118 Seaton Hall
Department of Geography
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS, 66506, USA
Tel: 785-532-1244

Biography :

Dr. Caldas identify himself as an environmental geographer who studies the interaction of social, economic, and environmental processes. His conceptual framework is derived from an economic and social perspective that considers the behavioral attitudes of agents, and implications for the environment. His teaching has been a bit more diverse, given his earlier training and the departmental requirements where He has taught.

 

As an environmental geographer who addresses human-environment interactions, he pay special attention to the behavioral attitudes of agents and implications of the environment. The research strategy he employ combines both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, utilizing data and insight gained from field investigation involving household surveys and key informant interviews.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Biofuel
Land Reform
Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUCC)
Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing to LCLUC
Latin America

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Tim G. Frazier

Tim G. Frazier
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Idaho
McClure Hall 405B
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3021, USA
Tel: 208-885-6238

Biography :

Dr. Tim G. Frazier has been a leading researcher in coastal vulnerability, community resilience enhancement, and sea level rise work focusing much of his research on techniques to determine vulnerability to Hurricanes and Tsunamis and ways to enhance community resilience to such coastal hazards. Currently, he is pursuing research that seeks to enhance society’s ability to plan for and respond to contemporary natural hazards and impacts associated with future climate change. At times he has focused on physical aspects such as GIS based climate change and hazards modeling often coupled with stakeholder interaction to examine issues, opportunities, and constraints relating to vulnerability reduction and resilience enhancement. Other times he has sought to identify the type of subdivision design, e.g., grid or curvilinear, that most effectively enhances community evacuation potential. To date, the work Dr. Frazier has undertaken and research that he plans for the future focuses on natural hazards, climate change, and urban sustainability.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Coastal hazards with a primary focus on hurricanes and tsunamis
Climate change and climate change impacts
Vulnerability
Resilience
Adaptive capacity
Natural hazards
Disasters
Hazard mitigation and adaptation
Resilience enhancement through planning
GIS

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Sun Ranhao

Sun Ranhao
Assistant Professor
State Key Laboratory of Urban & Regional Ecology
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Beijing, 100085, P.R. China
Tel: +86-10-6284-9102

Biography :

Dr. Ranhao Sun is Assistant Professor of Geography and Landscape ecology in The Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He obtained a M.S. of physical geography (2005) in Lanzhou University, and a Ph.D. of remote sensing and GIS (2008) in The Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His work mainly focuses on implementing national scientific projects and related international collaborations. His research interest is the broad environmental aspects of land use changes. His current studies focus on two fields: (1) urban heat island effects in large cities related to landscape design and planning; and (2) ecosystem services evaluation and modeling using GIS and remote sensing technologies.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Geographic Information System Applications
Spatial Analysis Method
Ecosystem Service Evaluation and Modeling
Urban Island Effect
Landscape Design and Planning

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Jr-Chuan Huang

Jr-Chuan Huang
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
National Taiwan University
Taiwan
Tel: +886-23366-5825

Biography :

Dr. Jr-Chuan Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Hydro-geomorphical process simulations in catchment scale
carbon cycle
Nitrogen cycle
Watershed management

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Christine Hagar

Christine Hagar
Assistant Professor
School of Library & Information Science
San Jose State University
USA

Biography :

Chris Hagar is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library & Information Science, San Jose State University, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Dr. Hagar’s primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of crisis informatics. Her research focuses on information needs and information seeking in crises; disaster health information, and roles for information professionals in crisis preparedness and response. She edited Crisis Information Management: Communication and Technologies published in 2012 by Chandos Publishing. Dr. Hagar has worked as an academic librarian in the USA and UK in a variety of positions. Her professional experience also includes serving as Head of Library Development for INASP an international non-government development organization; lecturer positions at the International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services, University of Nicholas Copernicus, Torun, Poland, and at the Department of Information Studies, Northumbria University, UK.

 Biography
Research Interest :
Information seeking in crises

; Disaster health information, and roles for information professionals in crisis preparedness and response

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Aslan Zorlu

Aslan Zorlu
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Planning and International Development
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Biography :

Dr. Aslan Zorlu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. He is also a research fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS), the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn-Germany and the Applied Microeconomics Research Unit (NIMA), Braga-Portugal. His research has a strong interdisciplinary orientation and focuses on the socioeconomic position of immigrants in the spheres of education, housing and labour markets. He has extensive experience in applied quantitative methods.

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Migration and immigrants
Population and labour economics
Micro-econometrics
Demography
Ethnic segregation
Housing market

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Tom J. Chalko
Senior Scientist
Head of Geophysics Division, Scientific E Research P/L
Melbourne, Australia

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Dr Roshan T. RAMESSUR

Roshan T. RAMESSUR
Editor
Associate Professor
Faculty of Science,
University of Mauritius
Mauritius

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Dr. Roshan T Ramessur is currently Associate Professor in Environmental and Ocean  Sciences at the University of Mauritius and also Board Member of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute since 2005. He holds  postgraduate degrees from the University of Wales under U.K Commonwealth and Chevening Scholarships  and his Ph.D. thesis  is related to biogeochemistry of trace metals and nutrients in a tropical coastal system. His research interests covers coastal sciences, ocean economy and  climate change adaptation. He has published a number of research articles on submarine groundwater discharge (IAEA- UNESCO Intercomparison Experiments), dissolved nutrients and sediment chemistry in peer reviewed journals, as book chapters and conference proceedings. He has participated in a number of international conferences worldwide and is also editorial board member of a few international journals and advisory member of the ocean knowledge cluster and participate as panellist at UN-DESA (New York)  for the SIDS forum.

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Ocean Biogeochemistry,  Coastal Zone Management, Sustainability Nutrients, Submarine Groundwater Discharge , Metal Pathways

 

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Salman Qureshi

Salman Qureshi
Department of Geography
Humboldt University of Berlin
Germany

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Dr. Salman Qureshi is a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany in addition to his affiliation as Senior Academic Fellow (the Leverhulme Fellowship) at the School of Architecture, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom. His multidisciplinary research focuses on the human dimensions of the effects of landscape pattern on urban ecosystem processes, urbanization and its ecological consequences on ecosystem services. Research approaches combine theoretical and empirical methods, with emphasis on the use of modelling, spatial statistics, GIS and remote sensing for sustainability studies in urban landscapes. He served as the Vice President of the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) and is currently the Secretary of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE) beside his service as editorial board member and reviewer for several journals (over 22) of high academic repute. He has won several academic awards and fellowships including the Humboldt Fellowship Award, the Leverhulme Fellowship, Charles Wallace Fellowship, OeAD Scholarship, NSF CHANS Fellowship and Special Achievement in GIS Award.

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Urban and landscape ecology, Socio-ecological modelling in megacities,  Landscape perception, Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services, Social health and wellbeing, Urban resilience and sustainability, Remote Sensing and GIScience

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Neil Sipe

Neil Sipe
Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Queensland
Australia

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Neil Sipe is Professor and Head of the Planning Program at the University of Queensland. He was previously Deputy Director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University and served as Head of the Griffith University’s Urban Planning Program for more than ten years. He received his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from New College in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to pursuing an academic career and relocating to Australia, he was an investment banker, financial analyst and an urban planning/economic consultant. He is an active researcher in a wide range of planning issues. He currently serves on the U.S. Transportation Research Board Ferry Committee and the Social and Economic Effects of Transportation Committee and is the editor of Australian Planner, the peer-reviewed journal serving the Australian planning community.

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Transport Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Planning Theory & Processes, Understanding the Australian City, Public Involvement & Community Development, Planning Practice & Law, Earth Science & GIS
Strategic Planning Studio, Policy Planning Studio, Development Processes Studio, Urban Infrastructure & Pollution, Professional Practice, Planning Information Systems, Planning Theory and Practice, Introduction to Comprehensive Planning, Environmental Planning & Resource Management
 

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