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Graduate Students

Alycia Bean

Ph.D. 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.

Alycia Bean

Polly Buotte

Advisor: Jeff Hicke
Ph.D. 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.

Polly Buotte

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

Wenlong Feng

Advisor: John Abatzoglou

M.S. student in Geography studying spatial variability in winter wheat yields in the Northwestern United States and relationships with climate variability.

Wenlong Feng

Brendan Gordon

Advisor: Dr. Raymond Dezzani
Ph.D. 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.

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Brendan Gordon

Seth Gorelik

Advisor: Dr. Jeff Hicke
M.S. student in Geography

Seth is researching forest die-offs related to climate change using remote sensing techniques. His project is focused on climate-induced tree mortality in northern New Mexico, within a broader context of efforts to map and monitor global tree mortality.
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Seth Gorelik

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. I teach a general core science course about human – ocean interactions at the University of Idaho.
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Michelle Howard

Li Huang

Advisor: Dr. Felix Liao
Ph.D. student 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

Daniel Matsche

Advisors: Dr. Karen Humes
M.S. student in Geography

I received a B.S. degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Idaho in 2013. After working as a GIS Specialist on oil and gas exploration projects in Houston, TX for a year, I decided to return to the University of Idaho and pursue my M.S. in Geography. As part of the USGS Northwest Climate Science Center, my research focuses on landslide susceptibility in view of climate change.

Daniel Matsche

Lanny D. McAden

Advisors: 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.

Brandon Moore

Advisor: John Abatzoglou

Ph.D. student in Geography. My current doctoral research is focused on climate change, water resources and water availability for biofuel algal ponds.

Brandon Moore

Lauren Parker

Advisor: John Abatzoglou

Ph.D. student in Geography studying precipitation extremes and their impacts.

Lauren Parker

Courtney Thompson

Advisor: Dr. Raymond Dezzani
Ph.D. 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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Courtney Thompson

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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Hang Zhou

Margot Vore

Advisor:  Timothy Bartholomaus

I am using seismology to detect and monitor subglacial water flow under Taku Glacier near Juneau, Alaska. I will be analyzing seismic data collected from Taku glacier in 2015 and 2016 to determine if locating areas of subglacial discharge is possible as well as to monitor diurnal and annual changes that occur in the seismic record.  
Email: vore5101@vandals.uidaho.edu


Margot Vore
Margot Vore

Andrew Layton

Advisor:  Felix Liao

Andrew is a M.S. student in Geography studying the effects that natural amenities (such as forests and lakes) have on local property values.

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Andrew Layton

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