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Graduate Students

(Updated September 2016)

AdamAlsamadisi
Adam Alsamadisi (Ph.D. student)
Interests: landscape ecology, conservation GIS, environmental management, human and environment interactions
Advisor: Dr. Liem Tran
Email: aalsamad@vols.utk.edu


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Jeremy Auerbach (Ph.D. student)
Interests: social physics
Advisor: Dr. Hyun Kim, Dr. Nicholas Nagle
Website: Google scholar, researchgate
Email: jauerbac@vols.utk.edu


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Melanie Barron (Ph.D. candidate)
Interests: environmental justice, legal geography, critical theory, qualitative methods
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Inwood
Website: Academia.edu profile
Email: mbarron7@vols.utk.edu


Latha
Latha Baskaran (Ph.D. student)
Dissertation title: Effects of Switchgrass Related Land-Use Changes on Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
Interests: bioenergy sustainability, spatial modeling, hydrologic modeling
Advisor: Dr. Liem Tran
Email: lbaskar1@vols.utk.edu


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Mathew Boehm (Ph.D. candidate)
Interests: biogeography, Quaternary studies, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, paleoecology, human-environment interactions
Advisor: Dr. Sally Horn
Email: mboehm2@vols.utk.edu



Ethan Bottone (Ph.D. student)
Interests: public memory, tourism, race & ethnicity, roadside America, roadside attractions, mobility
Advisor: Dr. Solange Munoz
Email: ebottone@vols.utk.edu



Jordan Brasher (Ph.D. student)
Interests: intersections of race, place, and memory; critical toponymy; place-based marketing practices of wineries and breweries
Advisor: Dr. Derek H. Alderman
Website: jpbrasher.weebly.com
Email: jbrashe3@vols.utk.edu


Janna Caspersen
Janna Casperson (Ph.D. student)
Interests: race, racism, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, participatory mapping, GIS, cartography, food systems, Thailand, Cuba, sustainability, and tourism
Advisor: Dr. Derek H. Alderman
Email: jcaspers@vols.utk.edu



Heewon Chea (Ph.D. student)
Interests: urban geography, segregation, inequality, GIS
Advisor: Dr. Madhuri Sharma
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heewon-chea-b99384126
Email: hchea@vols.utk.edu


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Jiaoli Chen (Ph.D. candidate)
Interests: GISc
Advisor: Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Email: jchen42@vols.utk.edu



Savannah Collins-Key (Ph.D. Student)
Interests: Dendroclimatology, paleotempestology, severe weather, climate change & risk analysis
Advisor: Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer
Email: scolli15@vols.utk.edu


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Lucy Courtney (M.S. student)
Interests: sustainability in urban geography
Advisor: Dr. Ron Foresta
Email: lcourt3@vols.utk.edu


Rachel Craig
Rachel Craig (Ph.D. student)
Dissertation topic: Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process for Watershed Planning and Evaluation
Interests: watershed dynamics/modeling, water resources management, human-environment interactions
Advisor: Dr. Liem Tran
Email: rlcraig@vols.utk.edu


Emily Frazier (Ph.D. student)
Interests: Migration, Refugees/Forced Migrants, Asylum, Resettlement/Integration, Cultural and Population Geography, Intersectionality and Identity Politics, Place-Making, Religion, Islam, Gender Politics
Advisor: Dr. Micheline van Riemsdijk
Email: eblackar@vols.utk.edu


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Kelly Gassert (M.S. student)
Interests: Climate change, spatiotemporal analysis, severe weather, programming, GIS, human-environment interactions
Advisor: Dr. Kelsey Ellis
Email: kgassert@vols.utk.edu


Njoroge Gathongo
Njoroge Gathongo (Ph.D. student)
Dissertation title: Human-Nature Interaction: Assessing the Co-adaptation and Co-evolution of the human social and natural system at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya
Interests: human-environmental interactions
Advisor: Dr. Liem Tran
Email: ngathong@vols.utk.edu



Jon German (M.S. student)
Interests: urban social and economic geography, population distribution, mixed methods & development, political geography, GIS
Advisor: Dr. Ron Kalafsky
Email: jgerman3@vols.utk.edu



Hannah Gunderman (Ph.D. student)
Interests: cultural geography, music geography, science fiction, media and empathy
Advisor: Dr. Derek H. Alderman
Website: twitterhttp://hannah-gunderman.squarespace.com/
Email: hgunderm@vols.utk.edu


Alisa_Hass
Alisa Hass (Ph.D. student)
Interests: Climate, climate and health, urban heat, human-environmental interactions, severe weather, preparedness, human perception of extreme events and outreach, GIS,climate change
Advisor: Dr. Kelsey Ellis
Email: ahass@vols.utk.edu


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Gengen He (Ph.D. student)
Interests: collaborative navigation, GIS, spatial information communication, Japan
Advisor: Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Email: ghe@vols.utk.edu



Bradley Hinger (M.S. student)
Interests: Race, Racism, Critical Theory, Qualitative Methods
Advisor: Dr. Solange Munoz
Email: bhinger@vols.utk.edu


Hodges
Michael Hodges (M.S. student)
Interests: social capital, income inequality, American South
Advisor: Dr. Madhuri Sharma
Email: mhodge10@vols.utk.edu


Melissa_Holmes
Melissa Holmes (Ph.D. student)
Interests: migration and global economy
Advisor: Dr. Madhuri Sharma
Website: twitter
Email: mholme13@vols.utk.edu


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Allison Ingram (M.S. student)
Thesis topic: Dendroclimatology focusing on the the divergence problem
Interests: dendrochronology
Advisor: Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer
Email: aingra14@vols.utk.edu



Jacob (Jake) Mckee (Ph.D. student)
Interests: remote sensing, image processing, GIScience, quantitative methods
Website: http://web.ornl.gov/sci/gist/staff_bios/staff_mckee.shtml
Email: jmckee15@vols.utk.edu


Zachary Merrill (Ph.D. student)
Interests: Biogeography, Remote Sensing, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Environmental Modeling, Climate Change, Climate Proxies, Wildlife Management, Predator-Prey Relationships
Advisor: Dr. Robert Washington-Allen
Email address: zmerrill@vols.utk.edu

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Matthew Kerr (Ph.D. student)
Interests: Quaternary environments, prehistoric human-environment interactions, stable isotope analysis, archaeogeochemistry
Advisor: Dr. Sally Horn
Website: Google Scholar
Email: mkerr6@vols.utk.edu


Nari Kim (Ph.D. student)
Interests: urban geography, social inequality, public policy, qualitative methods
Advisor: Dr. Madhuri Sharma
Email: nkim13@vols.utk.edu


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Donghee Koh (Ph.D. student)
Interests: residential segregation, GIS, quantitative methods
Advisor: Dr. Madhuri Sharma
Email: dkoh1@vols.utk.edu


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Kevin Krivacsy (Ph.D. student)
Interests: transportation, urban geography, spatial analysis, quantitative methods
Advisor: Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Email: kkrivacs@vols.utk.edu


Kyle_Landolt
Kyle Landolt (Ph.D. student)
Interests: remote sensing, quantitative methods, invasive species, ecological restoration
Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Nagle
Website: klandolt.com
Email: klandolt@vols.utk.edu


Jiuyuan Liu
Jiuyuan (Joe) Liu (Ph.D. student)
Interests: transportation geography; GIS
Advisor: Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Email: jliu31@vols.utk.edu


Xiaoyu_Lu
Xiaoyu (Larry) Lu (Ph.D. student)
Interests: soil erosion, Earth-surface processes, remote sensing, GIS, LiDAR
Advisor: Dr. Yingkui Li
Website: Google Scholar, LinkedIn
Email: xlu14@vols.utk.edu


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Annie Meltzer (M.S. student)
Thesis title: Redefining African Regions: Agricultural Trade and Institutions
Interests: economic geography, agricultural trade, population, quantitative methods, development
Advisor: Dr. Ron Kalafsky
Website: LinkedIn
Email: ameltze1@vols.utk.edu


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Matthew Miller (M.S. student)
Interests: water resources, conflict resolution
Advisor: Dr. Liem Tran
Email: mmill158@vols.utk.edu


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Sandhya Nepal (Ph.D. student)
Interests: spatial analysis, forest management, human-environment interaction
Advisor: Dr. Liem Tran
Email: snepal@vols.utk.edu



Evan Norton (M.S. student)
Interests: water resources, geomorphology, GIS
Advisor: Dr. Yingkui Li
Email: Lkc315@vols.utk.edu



Yasin Wahid Rabby (Ph.D. student)
Interests: climate change, water resource
Advisor: Dr. Yingkui Li
Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yasin_Wahid_Rabby2 https://utk.academia.edu/YasinWahidRabby
Email:  yrabby@vols.utk.edu


MaegenRochner
Maegen Rochner (Ph.D. student)
Interests: dendrochonology, geomorphology
Advisor: Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer
Website: twitter
Email: mneal20@vols.utk.edu


Dorothy
Dorothy Rosene (M.S. student)
Thesis title: Climate Response of Representative Tree Species in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Implications for Monitoring Effects of Climate Change
Interests: dendrochronology, biogeography, climate change, and paleo-environment
Advisor: Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer
Email: drosene@vols.utk.edu


Nicholas Schoenborn
Nicholas Schoenborn (M.S. student)
Interests: transportation and GIS
Advisor: Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Email: nschoenb@vols.utk.edu


Tyler Sonnichsen
Tyler Sonnichsen (Ph.D. student)
Interests: cultural geography, media studies, gender, musicology, emotional geographies, public memory
Advisor: Derek H. Alderman
Website: Sonic Geography, twitter
Email: tsonnich@vols.utk.edu


Lauren
Lauren Stachowiak (Ph.D. candidate)
Dissertation title: Using Spatial Analysis to Evaluate Fire Activity in Pine Rocklands, Big Pine Key, Florida, USA
Interests: dendrochronology, biogeography, spatial statistics, GIS
Advisor: Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer
Website: WordPress
Email: lstachow@vols.utk.edu



David Stamps (M.S. student)
Interests: GIS, remote sensing
Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Nagle
Email: dstamps1@vols.utk.edu


Linda Sylvester
Linda Sylvester (Ph.D. student)
Interests: extreme events, climatology, water resources
Advisor: Dr. Kelsey Ellis
Email: lsylvest@vols.utk.edu



Mimi Thomas (M.S. student)
Interests: Germany, Migration, Europe
Advisor: Dr. Micheline van Riemsdijk
Email: mthom111@vols.utk.edu


Nathan_Trombley
Nathan Trombley (M.S. student)
Thesis title: Remittance Behavior of US Immigrants
Interests: demography, economic geography, urban/social geography
Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Nagle
Email: ntromble@vols.utk.edu


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Michael Vanderlan (Ph.D. student)
Interests: network modeling, optimization, spatial analysis, transportation, and visualization
Advisor: Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Website: web.utk.edu/~mvanderl/
Email: mvanderl@vols.utk.edu


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Emma Walcott-Wilson 
(Ph.D. student)
Interests: Historical-cultural geography, social memory, place-attachment, heritage tourism, the U.S. Civil War, qualitative methods, performance, queer and feminist geographies
Advisor:
 Dr. Derek H. Alderman
Email: ewalcot1@vols.utk.edu


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Kevin Willis (Ph.D. student)
Advisor: Dr. Sally Horn
Email: kwill114@vols.utk.edu


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Shannon Woolfolk (M.S. student)
Thesis topic: Air Mass Movement Trends in Southern Appalachia
Interests: Climate Change, extreme weather, and impacts of such on our national parks
Advisor: Dr.Kelsey Ellis
Email: swoolfol@vols.utk.edu


Qian_Ye
Qian Ye (Ph.D. student)
Interests: GIS and transportation
Advisor: Dr. Hyun Kim
Email: qye3@vols.utk.edu


Jihwon
Jihwan Yoon (Ph.D. student)
Interests: socio-cultural geography, spaces of representation, landscape, Korea
Advisor: Dr. Derek H. Alderman
Email: jyoon9@vols.utk.edu

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