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Moscow

Department of Geography
geog@uidaho.edu
phone: (208) 885-6216
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.
Tyler Bleeker
Advisor: Crystal Kolden
MS Student in Geography
I am a member of Dr. Kolden’s Pyrolab working on my masters degree. My thesis project is a case study which examines the spatial heterogeneity of both burn severity and wildfire refugia within a recent fire area in central Washington—such work also encompasses broader implications for what constitutes wildfire refugia in general. I maintain an interest in biogeography and landscape ecology.
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.
Polly Buotte
Advisor: Jeff Hicke
PhD student in Environmental Science
Polly is working to understand the effects of climate on recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks in whitebark pine and lodgepole pine forests across the west. She is also working with the Forest Service to develop a framework for applying regional climate change vulnerability assessments at local scales.
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.
Paige Farrell
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
M.S. student in Geography studying changing precipitation extremes and their impacts on erosion in the Pacific Northwest.
Wenlong Feng
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
MS student in Geography studying spatial variability in winter wheat yields in the Northwestern United States and relationships with climate variability.
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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Collette Gantenbein
Advisor: Dr. Karen Humes
MS student in Geography
Collette Gantenbein graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Geography with an emphasis in studying cartography and Geographic Information Systems. She is currently studying landslides and their relationship to extreme weather events and climate change.
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Stephen Gillis
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
M.S. student of Environmental Science, interested in climate change impacts in the Pacific Northwest and climate science education. My research focuses on the sensitivity of stream temperature to climate and how projected changes will modify suitable habitat for Westslope Cutthroat Trout in a small, mountain river in Idaho.
Brendan Gordon
Advisor: Dr. Raymond Dezzani
PhD Student in Geography
My focus is on the statistical, economic, and political aspects of human geography. Since discovering this program in the summer of 2012, I have jumped in with both feet. I earned my M.S. degree here at the Department of Geography in the spring of 2014 with a study of Europe, and am continuing on to the PhD. On the side, I am also a classically-trained musician in composition, score arranging, piano, violin, and viola.
Shannon Grumbly
Advisor: Dr. Tim Frazier
My research interests include coastal hazards, flooding hazards, GIS, and cartography, and have a BS in Geography from Penn State. I will focus on the spatial aspects of coastal hazards. Additionally, I would like to explore my Native American heritage and indulge in Idaho's diverse culture.
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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Michelle Howard
Advisor: Dr. Karen Humes
Ph.D. student in Geography.
My research, using the Pathfinder Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) remotely sensed SST data, examines the fine scale global changes in sea surface temperature over 28 years. It is expected that as the oceans warm, the distribution of marine species will change, although the interactions influencing this expected redistribution are still unclear. In addition, the geographic location and the scale at which the reorganization may occur are also still unclear. I hope to provide results at this fine spatial and temporal scale that will assist in informing marine protection, planning and management decisions made by marine managers and policymakers. Currently I am participating in my second year of the University of Wisconsin – Platteville Fellowship Program. I teach an introductory physical geography lecture course in Wisconsin and a general core science course about human – ocean interactions at the University of Idaho.
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Vincent Jansen
Advisor: Crystal Kolden
PhD student in Geography studying remote sensing of grazing impacts on the bunchgrass prairie.
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 using anthropological data from the Central African Republic to map land cover from Landsat data in a novel mixed methods study.
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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Ryan McCarley
Advisor: Crystal Kolden
MS student in Geography.
Growing up in Colorado I developed an interest in wildfire ecology and policy due to increasing regional publicity on the subject. This interest brought me to the University of Idaho where I intend to study wildfire using remote sensing techniques. I received my BS in Land Use from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a GIS certificate from Front Range Community College.
Brandon Moore
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.
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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Alexander Peterson
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
M.S. student in Geography studying microclimates and their application to agricultural systems and ecology
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.
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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Aaron Sparks
Advisor: Crystal Kolden
PhD student in Geography studying spatial fire ecology
Alan Smith
Advisor: John Abatzoglou
MS student in Water Resources interested in surface water supply in relation to climate variability and change.
Theresa Stinchfield
Advisor: Dr. Steven Radil
MS Student in Geography
My research interests involve using spatial analysis to study human conflict at all scales. I am particularly interested in the areas of political violence, revolution, and terrorism. I currently hold a BA in human geography (California State University Sacramento), an AA in social science, and an AS in GIS (both from American River College in Sacramento). I owe deepest thanks to many people who supported me on the path to UI, and I would not be here pursuing my advanced degree were it not for them. Mega-thanks to Mom (on the left in my photo), who has proven to be my biggest fan and cheering section along the way.
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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