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Department of Geography
geog@uidaho.edu
phone: (208) 885-6216
fax: (208) 885-2855
McClure Hall 203
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3021
Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Graduate Students

Alycia Bean
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
PhD student in Geography
I am a Colorado native with nearly 10 years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector. I received my BA in Political Science, my MS in Environmental Science and Natural Resources and am now pursuing a PhD at the University of Idaho. In the summer of 2011, I interned with the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia where I helped complete an adaptation and mitigation plan for the NASA Langley Center. My current research interests lie in understanding stakeholder input and assessing society's vulnerability to create an accessible resource that can be utilized for further planning to help minimize the effects of climate change.
Elizabeth Boyden
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
M.S. in Bioregional Planning and Community Design. My focus is on hazard mitigation planning. My thesis is focused on international comparison. I would like to compare hazard mitigation planning in Murnau, Germany to McCall, Idaho. I have a B.S. in Resource, Recreation, and Tourism, and a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Parks, Protected Areas, and Wilderness Management. I also played soccer for the University of Idaho.
Travis Cowles
PhD Research Assistant
Advisor: Jeff Hicke
PhD student in Geography. My research focuses on both identifying forest disturbances, specifically insect-induced disturbances, and how those disturbances effect ecosystem processes. I utilize satellite-based remotely sensed imagery to identify, quantify, and map forest disturbances and attempt to relate these measurements to changes in ecosystem processes, such as water and nutrient storage and release.
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Ensheng Dong
Advisor: Dr. Karen Humes
MS student in Geography
Ensheng Dong ("Frank") is from China, loves maps, and chose geography as his undergraduate major at Southwest University, Chongqing, a city famous for hot pots. He also studied Geosciences at National Central University in Taiwan for half a year. Now, he has stepped onto the American Continent to explore the GIS-T world under Professor Hejun Kang’s guidance at the University of Idaho. Analyzing people’s grocery shopping mode in Moscow, ID is his recent research concentration.
Paige Farrell
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
M.S. student in Geography studying changing precipitation extremes and their impacts on erosion in the Pacific Northwest.
Patrick Fitzsimmons
Research Assistant
My current research revolves around climate change and adaptation within a section of the Barents Region. I am interested in seeing how the northern, remote areas of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia vary in their approach to dealing with the changing climate.
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Kevin Henry
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
MS student in Geography
Through my research, I aim to explore human-environment interactions in the realm of natural hazards. Currently, I am working on identifying effective tsunami evacuation strategies for at-risk communities along the California coast through vehicular and pedestrian modeling. I am interested in identifying how a community or individual’s perception of risk is formed as well as altered through information, media consumption, and prior knowledge, and am incorporating this into my evacuation modeling thesis work by exploring stakeholder interactions and visualization techniques. I also have a background and interest in design and marketing, and contribute to the department's promotional materials. If you have ideas or need anything made, feel free to email me!
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Vincent Jansen
Research Assistant
MS student in Environmental Science
Daniel Johnson
Teaching Assistant
PhD student, Geography Dept. and Bioregional Planning and Design Instructor for Communications 101, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Office: SH#204, Psychology and Communications Dept. Research Interests: Geography and Philosophy of Place, Environmental Ethics, Wittgensteinian Aspect Perception, Phenomenology of Place Education: B.A. Philosophy and Religious Studies Central Washington University; M.A. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; M.A. Philosophy University of Idaho
John Kannady
Advisor: Crystal Kolden
MS student in Geography
Aparna Kumari
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
PhD Student in Geography
My current research is focused on the role and impact of social capital on disaster resilience, response, and recovery.
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Abigail Lute
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
M.S. student in Water Resources studying extreme snowfall events in the western United States
Katherine Morrison
Research Assistant
MS student in Geography
Brandon Moore
Research Assistant
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
PhD student in Geography. My current doctoral research is focused on climate change, water resources and water availability for biofuel algal ponds.
Lisa Nichols
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
M.S. student in Geography
I'm interested in the influence of climate change on snow pack and water resources. My research will investigate how projected changes in precipitation and winter season shift will affect ski resorts and their low-snow-year mitigation strategies. I'm also completing three certificates in GIS, Restoration Ecology, and Bioregional Planning & Community Design. I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences at Montana State University.
Patrick Olsen
Advisor: Dr. Crystal Kolden
MS student in Geography
Lauren Parker
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
PhD student in Geography studying precipitation extremes and their impacts.
Kenneth Peters
Advisor: Dr. Raymond Dezzani
PhD student in Geography
I am interested in topics that involve spatial problem solving and applied statistics. My Master's work used Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) to characterize radioisotope transitions in heterogeneous environments.
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Jenna Putnam
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
MS student in Geography
I began work as an undergraduate researcher at the University of Idaho, with Dr. Tim Frazier as my advisor. This semester, I started graduate school in the Department of Geography after graduating in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a GIS certificate. My research focuses on disaster preparedness and mitigation in Idaho, and I am interested in how the threat of hazards shapes communities.
Elizabeth Rau
Advisor: Dr. Karen Humes
MS student in Geography
Elizabeth Rau was born in California and has lived in Alabama, Arkansas, Utah, and Idaho. She came to the University of Idaho in the Fall 2007 semester to start her degree in geography. After a year, she switched to landscape architecture and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in December 2011. She then decided to pursue a Master’s degree in geography, specializing in GIS. She is working with Dr. Hejun Kang on a project which will look at what factors make individuals choose one mode of transportation over another when making grocery shopping trips.
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Joseph Reber
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
M.S. student in Geography
I received my B.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I'm interested in extending hazard vulnerability modeling to non-traditional hazards, specifically climate change. My research involves assessing the vulnerability of forest dependent communities to climate-related changes in forest and grassland ecosystems.
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Courtney Thompson
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
PhD student in Geography
My research focuses on the human environment interactions, specifically the impact of natural hazards on society. I am currently studying coastal hazards (such as hurricanes and inland precipitation flooding from hurricane events) and their impact on communities. I recently developed a vulnerability framework at the sub-county scale. For my PhD research, I am looking at the potential impact of multi-scalar hazard assessments on risk perception and its impact on community scale hazard mitigation.
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Michele Vachon
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
PhD student in Geography
My research interests are in economic geography, regional food systems, brownfield redevelopment, hazard planning, rural development and of course, “All things “Detroit!” I have a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus on Land Use Planning & Analysis from the University of Michigan, a MS in Env Science and Bioregional Planning & Community Design from University of Idaho. I work full-time for the Univ. of Idaho, and am pursuing my PhD in Geography part-time. Dr. Frazier is my advisor. My hometown is Detroit, lives in Moscow w/ husband, Steve and boxer “Blue”.
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Tess Wolfenson
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
MS student in Bioregional Planning & Community Design
I specialize in natural hazard and climate change mitigation & adaptation. My professional interests include flood preparedness and the process of mitigation strategy selection.
Hang Zhou
Advisor: Dr. Vladimir Aizen
Currently I am working on analysis and estimation of the snow-glacier water resources in Central Asia using long term surface observational data and remote sensing data.
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