Geography Faculty

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Baird, Ian

Office: 455 Science Hall
Phone: 608-265-0012
Interests: Political Ecology (predominantly rural), Development and Postdevelopment Studies, Identities, Indigeneity, Boundaries, Hydropower Development and Fisheries in the Mekong Basin, Large-scale Economic Land Concessions / Acquisitions; Political and Military Resistance, Marginal Histories, and Upland Peoples in Mainland Southeast Asia; Hmong, Lao, Khmer and Thai studies

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Cadwallader, Martin T.

Office: 334 Science Hall
Phone: 608-262-5986
Interests: Migration, Structural Equation Models, Quantitative Methods

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Cronon, William J.

Office: 443 Science Hall, 5103 Humanities
Phone: (608) 265-6023
Interests: Environmental History, Environmental Studies, North America

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Gibbs, Holly

Office: 373 Science Hall
Phone: 513-720-2784
Interests: Tropical Land-use Change and Globalization

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Huang, Qunying

Office: 426 Science Hall
Phone: 608-890-4946
Interests: Distributed computing, cloud computing, cyberinfrastructure, GIScience

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Kaiser, Robert J.

Office: 430 Science Hall
Interests: Political events, identification and differentiation, performativity, borderlands, political and cultural geography, geopolitics

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Keefover-Ring, Ken

Phone: 608-509-2265
Interests: Biogeography, chemical ecology, plant secondary chemical variation, plant-animal interactions, herbivory, pollination, volatile organic compounds, allelopathy, plant competition, analytical chemistry, terpenoids, phenylpropanoids.

Ken will join us in Spring, 2016.

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Marín-Spiotta, Erika

Office: Science Hall 223
Interests: Biogeochemistry; Biogeography; Biodiversity; Land Use; Ecosystem function; Climate

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Mason, Joe

Office: 207 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-6316
Interests: Soils, Geomorphology, Quaternary Paleoenvironments, GIS Applications in Geomorphology

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Moore, Sarah A.

Office: 421 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-3213
Interests: Urban Geography, Waste, Spatial and Social Theory, Emotional Geographies, Feminism, Postcolonial Development Studies

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Naughton, Lisa

Office: 355 Science Hall
Phone: 608-262-4846
Interests: Biodiversity conservation in developing countries; Land tenure & property rights; Attitudes toward wildlife; Wildlife conservation in human-dominated landscapes

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Olds, Kris

Office: 346 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-5685
Interests: Urban Geography, Urban Planning, Economic Geography, Cultural Geography, Global Cities, Pacific Rim, Canada, Singapore
MOOC-related email for Kris should be sent to

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Robertson, Morgan

Office: 115C Science Hall
Phone: (608) 890-3815
Interests: Political Ecology, US Water Policy, Environmental Markets

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Roth, Robert

Office: 375 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-1453
Interests: Cartography, Geovisualization, and Geovisual Analytics

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Turner, Matt

Office: 340 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-2465
Interests: Environmental Resources, Cultural Ecology, Africa

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Williams, John W. (Jack)

Office: 208 Science Hall
Phone: 608-265-5537
Interests: Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, Novel Ecosystems, Vegetation Dynamics, Global Climate Change, Quaternary Environments.

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Woodward, Keith

Office: 343 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-0505
Interests: Social Theory :: Site Ontology and the Recent Scale Debates :: Radical, Critical, and Social Geography :: Social Movements and Social Change :: Geographies of Affect :: The History of Geographic Thought :: Art/Science Collaborations

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Young, Stephen

Office: 234 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 890 3097
Interests: Economic Geography, South Asia, Youth, Inequalities, Political Geography, Urban Governance

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Zhu, A-Xing

Office: 255 Science Hall
Phone: 608-262-0272
Interests: GIS, Remote Sensing, GIS Applications in Environmental Modeling and Resource Management

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Affliated Faculty

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Alatout, Samer

Assoc. Professor, Department of Community & Environmental Sociology
Office: 336A Agriculture Hall
Phone: (608) 263-0970
Interests: Social theories of power and government; Foucault; theories of border; biopolitics; environmental conflict (water resources and politics of identity); Palestine/Israel and the US/Mexico.

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Andrzejewski, Anna Vemer

Professor, Department of Art History
Office: 210 Elvehjem Building
Phone: (608) 263-2340
Interests: Cultural landscapes and vernacular architecture (U.S.), material culture, and postwar suburbanization

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Carson, Eric

Asst. Prof. of Environmental Science
Phone: 608-890-1998
Interests: Millennial-scale variations in streamflow and flooding due to changes in past climates to historic records of landscape change and sediment mobility related to human-driven changes in vegetation cover and land use.

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Dennis, Jr., Sam F.

Assoc. Prof. of Landscape Architecture
Office: 42A Ag. Hall, 4259 Helen C. White
Phone: (608) 263-7699
Interests: Social dimensions of environmental design at all scales, children, youth and families and the built environment, community design, planning and development

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Downey, Greg

Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication and School of Library & Information Studies
Office: 5016 Vilas, 4259 Helen C. White
Phone: (608) 225-3809
Interests: History and Geography of Information/ Communication Technology and Labor.

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Ozdogan, Mutlu

Asst. Professor of Forestry and Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies
Office: 285 Enzyme Institute
Phone: (608) 262-6302
Interests: Land-use/land-cover conversion, climate change

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Schneider, Annemarie

Asst. Professor of Env. Studies, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment
Office: 264 Enzyme Institute
Phone: 608-890-0557
Interests: Land use/land cover change, urbanization, human dimensions of environmental change, remote sensing, geographic information science

Visiting Scholars

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Fontes, Anthony

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Goring, Simon

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Williams Lab)
Office: Science Hall 554
Interests: Interaction between climate and vegetation a millenial time-scales.

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Huffman, Daniel

Honorary Fellow (Cart Lab)
Office: M390
Interests: I'm interested in cartographic aesthetics. As insensate machines take over more and more mapmaking tasks, how can we restore the human, emotional, artistic touch to our representations of space? Maps are still read by humans, even if they are not 100% human-produced, and we will be more successful if we do not alienate our audience with soulless productions.

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Liu, Kai

Visiting Scholar (Axing Zhu)
Phone: 608-338-8626
Interests: Digital terrain analysis; GIS Applications in Geomorphology; Parallel Computing

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Luo , Wen

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Axing Zhu)
Interests: Geographic Information Science; Geometric Algebra Based Geographical Information representation, computation and analysis

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Pereira, Ritaumaria

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Gibbs Lab)
Office: 1710, University Ave, Rm 144B
Interests: Brazilian Amazon, Nature-Society interactions, Land Use and Cattle Ranching

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Rausch, Lisa

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Gibbs Lab)
Office: Enzyme Building, Room 144B
Interests: Land Use Change in Brazil, nature-society interactions, environmental governance 

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Salmon, J. Meghan

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Gibbs Lab)
Office: Enzyme Inst. Rm. 287
Interests: Using earth observation technologies to map and monitor human-environment interactions at continental-to-global scales. Specifically, I am interested in agriculture: its expansion, limitations, resource use, and environmental impacts.

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Supp, Sarah

Honorary Fellow (Williams Lab)
Interests: Interested in addressing questions that work across ecological boundaries (e.g., spatial, temporal and organizational scales). My work includes field experiments, macroecology, and computational approaches to studying biodiversity in changing systems.

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Xiong, Liyang

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Axing Zhu)
Phone: (608) 571-8018
Interests: Geomorphology, DEM, GIS spatial analysis

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Zhu, Yunqiang

Visiting Scholar (Axing Zhu)
Interests: Geo-data Sharing, e-Geoscience, Resources and Environmental Information System


  • Bill Gartner

    William (Bill) Gartner

    • Senior Lecturer
    • Office: 115D Science Hall
    • Phone: (608) 890-3816
    • Email: