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Welcoming New Faculty

Qiusheng Wu

Qiusheng Wu is a new assistant professor in the UT Department of Geography. Wu received his PhD degree in geography from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. Prior to joining UT, he was an assistant professor of geography at State University of New York at Binghamton from 2015 to 2019. His research interests include Geographic Information Science (GIS), remote sensing, and environmental modeling. More specifically, he is interested in applying geospatial big data, machine learning, and cloud computing (e.g., Google Earth Engine) to study environmental change, especially surface water and wetland inundation dynamics. At UT, Wu teaches GIS Programming, Digital Earth, and Spatial Data Management. He serves as associate editor for Wetlands and Remote Sensing. Wu has developed and maintained various open-source packages for advanced geospatial analysis, which are available on GitHub. More information about his research and teaching can be found on his personal website.

Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia
Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia

Hannah Herrero joins the department as an assistant professor. She received her PhD in 2019 from the University of Florida. Her research interests are based on the study of human-environment interactions within the field of land change science with remote sensing technologies. All of her research is undertaken with highly interdisciplinary research teams, which involve both physical and social scientists. Within such interdisciplinary teams, her particular strengths lie in the remote sensing of vegetation dynamics, land use and land cover change, the implications of scale and scaling in remote sensing and modeling analyses, and people and parks. Herrero’s work of understanding environmental change has a particular concentration on conservation and protected areas, as well as savanna science. While the work is applicable globally, she has a strong regional focus on southern Africa. Herrero will teach a suite of remote sensing analysis and human-environment courses at UT.