Grad Students
  • Karen An

    I am currently using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) and polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) data to study land subsidence and potential levee seepages in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for emergency response after flood and earthquake events. I am working with NASA JPL collaborators to provide GIS tools to aid the CA Dept. of Water Resources with their current levee monitoring efforts. 

    Subfield: Remote Sensing, GIS, InSAR, Natural Disasters

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    Email    karenan@ucla.edu
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  • Dimitar Anguelov

    My research interests broadly pertain to uneven development, neoliberalism, finance and processes of financialization, urban governance, development policies, the European Union, Eastern Europe, Indonesia.

    Subfield: Economic Geography/Geographical Political Economy, Urban and Regional Economics, Finance

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    Email    anguelov@ucla.edu
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  • Zhaoxin Ban

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    Email    z.ban@ucla.edu
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  • Remi Bardou

    My Ph.D work focuses on studying shifts in mangroves habitats in response to climate change. We now see that in coastal wetlands near tropical-temperate transition zones, salt marshes have been displaced by a poleward expansion of mangrove trees. I am especially interested in the Northern Pacific coast range limit, currently occuring in Baja California, Mexico. We suspect that mangroves habitat reached Southern California under past warmer climate, and current climatic conditions in Southern California seem to be favorable to mangroves growth. My overarching goal is therefore to develop a method integrating experimental approaches, remote sensing, paleoecology and climate and distribution modeling in order to understand (1) the processes and environmental thresholds that currently control the range limits of mangroves, (2) how mangrove distributions have responded to past climate change, and (3) how mangroves will be impacted by climate change.

    Subfield: Coastal and Environmental Geography, Biogeography, Remote Sensing & GIS, Paleoecology

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    Email    remi.bardou [at] ucla [dot] edu
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  • Clare Beer

    I am interested in the politics of land-use, especially land-use for conservation, and what these politics suggest about the relationship between nature, capital, and the state. By framing land conservation as a significant site for theorizing 'the state,' my work seeks to articulate the inherent environmentalisms of state power and the complex entanglements of ecology and economy. I am currently working on a project that asks how a large-scale, public-private partnership for biodiversity protection in Chilean Patagonia is articulating with national conversations about nature, the economy, and conservation-as-development.

    Subfield: Geographical political economy, political ecology, capitalist state theory, conservation governance, re-wilding, Latin America

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    Email    clarebeer@g.ucla.edu
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  • Elizabeth Bennett

    Subfield: Political ecology, settler-colonialism, political geography, critical visual studies, new materialisms, tourism, natural resource extraction. Mā'ohi Nui/French Polynesia, North America. 

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    Email    embennett@ucla.edu
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  • Travis Bott

    Subfield: Political geography, territory, nationalism

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    Email    tbott@ucla.edu
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  • Samuel T. Brandt

    Through document analysis and ethnographic immersion, my work ambitiously seeks to tell a historical narrative of human interventions in the environment. In a general sense, I take a phenomenon I observe in the field or on a map, and ask three basic questions: Why was it built? How was it built? How has it impacted people and landscapes at different scales? While this a broad framework, I focus on the Southern Cone and Brazil in the 20th century, paying particular heed to the inter-related tensions between urban and rural, domestic and foreign, and wealth and poverty.

    My dissertation examines the environmental and philanthropic work of Uruguayan rancher Alberto Gallinal Heber (1909-1994) in improving agricultural productivity and social well-being in the Uruguayan countryside.

    Subfield: historical geography, urban/planning history, environmental history, cultural geography, the Southern Cone and Brazil

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    Email    samuel.t.brandt@gmail.com
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  • Qian Cao

    Stream temperature modeling in Puget Sound

    Comparison of gridded gauge and TRMM precipitation products 

    Subfield: Surface hydrology

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    Email    qiancao@ucla.edu
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  • Kate Cavanaugh

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    Email    kccavanaugh@ucla.edu
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  • Matthew Cooper

    I study Arctic and alpine hydrology. My research on Arctic hydrology is focused on surface meltwater production and mass balance in the Greenland Ice Sheet ablation zone. My research on alpine hydrology is focused on estimating the climate sensitivity of winter snowpack and summer streamflow in the mountains of the western US. These topics are both aimed at understanding how snow and ice interact with the climate system.

    Subfield: Hydrology, Climatology

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    Email    guycooper@ucla.edu
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  • Monica Dimson

    Subfield: biodiversity, biogeography, cartography, conservation planning, GIS, invasive species, species distribution modeling

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    Email    mdimson[at]ucla.edu
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  • Cheryl Doughty

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    Email    cdoughty@ucla.edu
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  • Ruth Engel

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    Email    ruthengel@gmail.com
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  • Christopher Esposito

    I research cities and their economies from both applied and theoretical standpoints. On the applied end, I am studying Los Angeles' minimum wage increase (which is rising to $15/hr by July 2020) to learn if minimum wage laws are helpful in combating income inequality. On the theoretical front, I am interested in the geography of knowledge production. In this research, I analyze U.S. patent data to study how spatial proximity and separation between inventors shapes the direction of technological change.

    Subfield: Economic GeographyEvolutionary EconomicsInnovation

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    Email    cresposito - a t - ucla - d o t - e.d.u
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  • Elizabeth Fard

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    Email    efard@ucla.edu
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  • Samuel Feldblum

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    Email    sfeldblum@ucla.edu
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  • Zachary Frial

    While researching in the Philippines, I became interested in how commissioned street art was becoming increasingly prevalent within urban landscapes and infrastructures in Metro Manila. My work positions street art as a text and language of the city, reading the co-optation of street art by state and corporate entities in Metro Manila as emblematic of their “world-class desires” toward transforming Metro Manila into a “global city.” As such, my research interrogates capitalist corruptions of street art’s public and democratic nature, and by extension, establishes street art as a focal point for examining the shrinkage of public (and green) spaces in Metro Manila.

    Subfield: Queer theory, transgender studies, postcolonial studies, sexual and reproductive labor, biopolitics and necropolitics, urban geographies, visual culture, Philippines

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    Email    zrf2@ucla.edu
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  • Andrea Furnaro

    Subfield: Resource governance, political economy, energy geographies, resource extraction

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    Email    afurnaro@ucla.edu
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  • Maritza Geronimo

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    Email    mgeronimo1@ucla.edu
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  • Mehrnush (Nushy) Golriz

    Subfield: Immigration, South-South migrations, transnational migration, border studies, Latin America

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    Email    mgolriz@ucla.edu
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  • Melissa Haller

    As economic development is increasingly built around the dynamics of technological change, my research is broadly focused on the co-evolution of technologies and the cities and regions in which they are produced. Why do some cities have vibrant innovative industries, while others lag behind? How can the technological capabilities of a region help us make sense of uneven development? My master's thesis preliminarily examines the evolution of the optics industry in the United States, using patent data and social network analysis to trace technological trajectories across space. 

    Subfield: Economic Geography, Regional Economic Development, Innovation Studies, Social Network Analysis, Statistical and Qualitative Methods

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    Email    mhaller@ucla.edu
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  • Jiwoo Han

    Subfield: Paleoclimatology, Paleolimnology, Hydroclimatology, Climate Change, Diatom Analysis

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    Email    hjsing@g.ucla.edu
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  • Alexandra Hedgpeth

    I'm interested in biogeography and ecosystem science, emphasizing on carbon dynamics, green house gas emissions and global change factors

    Subfield: Carbon Dynamics, Green House Gas Emissions, Climate Change 

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    Email    hedgpea10@g.ucla.edu
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  • Huilin Huang

    I am interested in atmosphere-land surface modeling and coupling processes. Currently, I am working on aerosol effect on global climate change, including how aerosol influence surface energy budget and other surface variables such as temperature and precipitation.

    Subfield: Climate changeLand-surface process

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    Email    hhllbao@ucla.edu
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  • Dian Tri Irawaty

    Subfield: My research interests are broadly in the subject of housing, urban poverty, and urban politics. I am currently interested in exploring and examines the various understandings of kampung, a residential community in Jakarta, Indonesia, particularly addressing on what informs and motivates different understandings of kampungs, and their implications for the future of kampungs.

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    Email    diantri@ucla.edu
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  • Nour Joudah

    Subfield: settler colonialism, territoriality, decolonization, political geography, comparative historical geography, power, spatial relations and economics 

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    Email    nourjoudah@ucla.edu
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  • Mahmood Khan

    Subfield: geo/political /aesthetics /philosophy /economy /sociology; film, audiovisuality, and time, genocide

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    Email    mnkhan@ucla.edu
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  • Jason Kindinger

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    Email    jkindinger@ucla.edu
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  • Flavia Maria Lake

    Subfield: Immigration, Social Mobility, Inequality, Education

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    Email    fmlake@ucla.edu
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  • Irma Losada Olmos

    Subfield: political geography, geopolitics, legal geographies, border studies, migration and displacement. U.S-Mexico border; Kurdistan.

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    Email    irmalosada@ucla.edu
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  • Scott Lydon

    I investigate how past climatic variability has altered carbon sequestration in wetlands of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Yosemite National Park, California.  Wetlands in these systems are sensitive to variations in precipitation and temperature.  The last 2,000 years of climatic change is often well documented within the sediment of such wetlands.  Thus, sediment cores from the Delta and Yosemite allow me to address how periods of warming, cooling, flooding, and drought have impacted carbon accumulation rates throughout much of the Holocene.  While closely collaborating with researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, I hope to better understand long-term carbon sequestration processes.  Such research may serve to inform California’s carbon credits program and the United States more broadly.

    Subfield: Biogeography; Paleoecology; Paleoclimatology; Wetlands Science; Palynology 

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  • Austin Madson

    My research interests include varying types of hydrologic remote sensing (wetland dynamics, soil moisture, continuous/discontinuous permafrost boundary, permafrost active layer thickness (ALT), etc), RADAR remote sensing technologies (PolSAR and DInSAR), real world applications in the use of Remote Sensing (RS) and GIS, integration of RS and GIS technologies and coupled human/environ systems.

    Subfield: Hydrologic Remote Sensing, GIS, Soil Moisture, Wetlands, Land Use/Land Cover Change (LULCC)

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    Email    amadson@ucla.edu
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  • Adina Matisoff

    I am a human geographer broadly interested in the burgeoning influence of Chinese state capital on global economic governance, particularly what it means to the re-imagining of environmental and social ‘norms’ made dominant by western-backed development institutions.  Trained in qualitative and ethnographic research methods, my dissertation seeks to understand how advocacy organizations, which have for decades struggled to hold western-backed multilateral development financiers accountable for their environmental and social impacts, respond to the new investment policies and practices of the world’s newest multilateral development bank, the Chinese-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Through comparing advocacy organization-AIIB interactions with more established multilateral development banks, this project brings to the fore questions about the future of development practice and resistance to hegemonic power.

     

    Subfield: political geography, global governance, geopolitical discourse, non-governmental organizations, development finance

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    Email    am2285@g.ucla.edu
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  • Benjamin Nauman

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    Email    bnauman@ucla.edu
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  • Alexander Naylor

    I’m interested in the μορφή in “geomorphology,” the emergence of patterns, shapes, and order in landscapes, especially in arid, semi-arid, and island environments. In particular I am interested in the role of random environmental noise in driving ecogeomorphological systems into patterned or ordered states and new computational approaches to understanding landscape complexity. I have also done work on the influence of island resources, morphology, and distribution in shaping economic development in small-island states with a focus on the Maldives.

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    Email    aknaylor@ucla.edu
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  • Avishesh Neupane

    Subfield: Global Climate Change, Biogeochemistry, Biogeography

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    Email    avineupane@gmail.com
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  • Samuel (Sam) Nowak

    I am interested in the geographical political economy of transportation-- how transportation infrastructure becomes a site for political and economic struggles over urban space: which mode to prioritize, how the city is structured to accommodate various systems, and the social relations of power that legitimize different modes and enroll support for them. My current project examines the rise of ride-hailing platforms in Jakarta, Indonesia. Using qualitative and ethnographic methods, I investigate how these platforms are transforming labor politics, informal transportation, and urban governance in the city, asking what these changes can tell us about platform capitalism in cities of the Global South. 

    Subfield: Urban geography, economic geography, transportation geography, geographical political economy, platform studies, Indonesia

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    Email    nowaks@ucla.edu
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  • Jon Ocon

    Subfield: Remote Sensing, GIS, Biogeography, Biophysical Modeling, Spatial Ecology, Urban Planning, Urban Design

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    Email    jonocon[at]ucla[dot]edu
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  • Lincoln Pitcher

    Greenland Ice Sheet Glaciology and Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems

    Subfield: Polar Hydrology, GIS & Remote Sensing, Global Climate Change

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    Email    lincolnpitcher@ucla.edu
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  • Hudson Spivey

    Subfield: energy geographies; infrastructure & materiality; political ecology; governance & critical policy studies; geohumanities; sustainability transitions; world-systems theory; socio-ecological futures; STS; Japan, E. Asia, and the American West.

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    Email    hdspivey@g.ucla.edu
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  • Shreya Trivedi

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    Email    shreyatrivedi26@ucla.edu
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  • James Walker

    Subfield: Political Geography, Geopolitics, Cultural Geography, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems.

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    Email    walkerj@ucla.edu
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  • Mu Xiao

    Drought monitoring for the Pacific Northwest

    Drought mointoring for the West Coast US

    Surface Water Monitor for the Continental US

    Subfield: Multi-model Ensemble Forecast, Application of Parameter Optimizing in Hydrology

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    Email    muxiao at ucla dot edu
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  • Chen Xin

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    Email    xinchen96@ucla.edu
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  • Shengan Zhan

    Subfield: Remote sensing, lakes

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    Email    shengan.zhan@ucla.edu
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