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Graduate Students

Skye Swoboda-Colberg

Advisor: Dr. Felix Liao

M.S. student in Geography

I am interested in the spatial distribution of EMS/SAR response in rural and isolated communities with a focus on equity in transportation safety and mobility. I grew up in Laramie, WY and received a B.A. degree in Spanish and Geography with a concentration in GIS from the University of Wyoming.

Skye
Skye Swoboda-Colberg

Travis Cowles

Advisor: Jeff Hicke
Ph.D. Candidate

PhD student in Geography. Travis' research focuses on identifying forest disturbances using remotely sensed imagery with a primary focus on "natural" disturbance agents such as bark beetles. To explore the cascading impacts of these forest disturbances, Travis' work then explores how these disturbances effect ecosystem services such as water quality and quantity, and nutrient storage and release.
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Travis Cowles

Richard Gibbs

Advisor: Dr. Grant Harley

M.S. student in Geography

Rich is a physical geographer interests in using dendrochronology to investigate fluvial geomorphology and hydrology, fire ecology and paleoclimate. His background includes city planning, GIS, and outdoor recreation. Rich’s current research includes reconstructing streamflow of the New River in NC/VA/WV and looking at pine beetle disturbance in MT, WY, and ID. He holds a B.S. in GIS from Appalachian State University.

Rich Gibbs
Richard Gibbs

Karen Heeter

Advisor: Grant Harley

Ph.D. Student in Geography

I am a dendrochronologist with background in botany, forestry, and ecology. My work at the Idaho Tree Ring Lab primarily involves climate reconstruction, fire history, and dendroecology of southern Utah and the interior northwest. Outside of research, I am actively involved in the prescribed and wild land fire communities. 

Karen Heeter
Karen Heeter

Li Huang

Advisor: Dr. Felix Liao
Ph.D. candidate in Geography

Li’s research interests are regional development and inequality related issues under multi-scale and multi-mechanism context in China. After his bachelor in GIS major and master in urban planning, he is now trying to investigate some socio-economic questions with spatial analysis and GIS.

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Li Huang

Aparna Kumari

Ph.D. 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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Aparna Kumari

Jin-Soo Lee

Advisor: Dr. Steven Radil

Ph.D. student in Geography

Jin-Soo is a political geographer who is interested in the production and reproduction of geopolitical discourses involved in foreign policy and popular media in East Asia. His research focuses on understanding how the geopolitics of the recent peace-making efforts on the Korean Peninsula are closely associated with the extension of neoliberalism or capitalism from the perspectives of critical geopolitics and Marxist thought. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Geography from Kyung Hee University.

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Jin-Soo Lee

Lanny D. McAden

Advisor: Dr. Steven Radil
M.S. student in Geography

After serving as a law enforcement officer and military service member for over 22 years, I returned to complete my undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Idaho in 2013. After completing my undergraduate degree in December of 2015, I decided to pursue a M.S. degree. My research focuses the geographies of policing - more specifically, using the spatial nature of policing as a way to explain the militarization phenomena prevalent among American police.

Larry McAden
Lanny D. McAden

Alex Nagel

Advisor: Tom Ptak
Ph.D. Student in Geography

Alex is a human-environment geographer whose interests focus on the energy, water and climate change nexus. He has a background in both Human and Physical Geography and also completed a graduate certificate in GIS. His Ph.D. research will seek to engage in projects in the Northwestern United States and Latin America that look at renewable energy projects, water resource sustainability initiatives, and how climate change influences these issues. 

Alex Nagel
Alex Nagel

David Russell

Advisor: Steve Radil
M.S. Student in Geography

I am a student of political geography interested in quantifying the dynamics of violent conflicts, especially in the Middle East, and in understanding how geopolitical ideologies are created and spread. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and received my B.A. in History from Middlebury College in Vermont.

David Russell
David Russell

Emily Thompson

Advisor: Karen Humes
Ph.D. Student in Geography

Emily is a geospatial scientist interested in GIS, remote sensing, and modeling of hydrological and agricultural systems in present and future climates. Currently, her research centers around quantifying and modeling the water-energy-food nexus in the Pacific Northwest with special focus on the Snake River Plain. Emily holds an M.S. in Geography with a concentration in physical geography and a B.S. in Geographic Information Science (meteorology cognate), both from the University of Oklahoma.

Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson

Zhe Wang

Advisor: Dr. Chao Fan

Ph.D. student in Geography 

I am a Ph.D. student in Geography with a background of remote sensing and GIS. She received her bachelor’s degree in remote sensing in China and my master’s degree in GIS from Arizona State University. My current research focuses on spatial modeling, remote sensing and urban heat islands. 

Zhe Wang
Zhe Wang

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Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Phone: 208-885-6216

Email: geography@uidaho.edu

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