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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Burt, Jim
Office: 425 Science Hall
Phone: 608-263-4460
Email: jeburt AT wisc DOT edu
Interests: Climatology, GIS, Quantitative Analysis

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Cadwallader, Martin T.
Office: 333 Bascom Hall
Phone: 608-262-1044
Interests: Urban and Economic Geography, Quantitative Analysis

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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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Marin-Spiotta, Erika
Office: Science Hall 373/230
Interests: Biogeochemistry, Land-use change, Soils, Ecosystem Ecology, Biogeography

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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: Wildlife Ecology, Protected Areas, Africa, Latin America

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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
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Ostergren, Robert
Office: 243 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-2138
Interests: Historical and Cultural Geography, Europe, North America

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Robertson, Morgan
Office: 115C Science Hall
Phone: (608) 890-3815
Interests: Wetland policy and market-based environmental policy

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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: Global Climate Change, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, Quaternary Environments, Vegetation Dynamics.

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Woodward, Keith
Office: 343 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 262-0505
Interests: Social Theory, Site Ontology, Affect Theory, Social Movements and Social Change, Contemporary Philosophy, Space and Social Life, Anarchist Thought, History of Geographic Thought

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Young, Stephen
Office: 426 Science Hall
Phone: (608) 890 3097
Interests: Economic geography, finance, South Asia, youth, masculinities, cultures of enterprise, critical geopolitics

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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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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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Gao, Jing
Honorary Postdoctoral 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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Horowitz, Leah S.
Visiting Professor
Interests: Multi-stakeholder conflicts over environmental governance, focusing on transnational mining projects and both urban and rural biodiversity conservation.

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Huffman, Daniel
Honorary Fellow
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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Ingram, Mrill
NSF-AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: 120 Arboretum-Mckay Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy
Interests: Artist-Scientist collaborations; human-nonhuman relationships, environmental networks, alternative agriculture in the US Midwest.

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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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Robertson, Susan
Visiting Professor
Interests: My research broadly focuses on the political nature of education in societies, with a particular focus on the ways in which the education sector is deeply implicated in the re/production of social selves and social relations.

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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 monitoring and modeling agriculture: its expansion, limitations, resource use, and environmental impacts.

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West, John
Honorary Fellow
Interests: The use of information/ communication technology in urban governance, Urban Geography, Urban Planning, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of Economic Markets, and Assessment and Accountability Systems


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