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Graduate Students

2019-2020

Laura Aguirre

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Nikolai Alvarado

PhD Program
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Advisor: Matthew Taylor

Research Interests:

Brandon Bailey

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MA Program
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Advisor: J. Michael Daniels

Research Interests: rock glacier development in the San Juan Mountains

Joshua Baldwin

PhD Program
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Advisor: Paul Sutton

Research Interests: urban green space and inequality

Taylor Barnes

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Jordan Bretthauer

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MS Program
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Lucas Brown

MA Program
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Advisor: Donald Sullivan

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Nicholas Burns

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Jeffrey Cappellucci

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Alex Chamberlain

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Joseph Chestnut

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Program
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Advisors: Eric Boschmann, Andrew Goetz

Research Interests: transportation geography

Rachel Chunn

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Aaron Colgrove

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Juanita Corea

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Joshua Cox

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Alex Crotty

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

William DeLany

MS Program
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Advisor: Rebecca Powell

Research Interests: remote sensing of urban agricultural suitability

Anthony DeSantis

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Dinko Hanaan Dinko

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Program
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Advisor: Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong

Research Interests: climate change, water insecurity and agrarian livelihoods responses in Semi-arid Ghana

Amanda Drinkard

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Mark Fogleman

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

David Forster

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Chris Hancock

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MA Program
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Advisor: J. Michael Daniels

Research Interests: spatial and temporal controls on streamflow variability

Matt Hugel

MS Program
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Advisor: Rebecca Powell

Research Interests: geographic information science

Shannon Jones

Graduate Research Assistant
PhD Program
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Advisor: J. Michael Daniels

Research Interests: hydrology of flood events in tropical environments

Robert Koch

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Sarah Kyne

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Thomas LaRitz

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Johanna Levene

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Jeff Lewis

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Qing Liu

PhD Program
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Advisor: Paul Sutton

Research Interests: ecosystem services

Mason Lovaas

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Michael Madin

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MA Program
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Advisor: Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong

Research Interests: climate change and seed security in Ghana

Corey Martz

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Program
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Advisor: Rebecca Powell

Research Interests: spatial variations of perception of nature

Patrick Mason

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Meghan McCarroll

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Program
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Advisor: Michael Kerwin

Research Interests: water resources sustainability in South Africa

David McDonald

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Lorraine Metz

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Sarah Monteverde

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Casey Muirhead

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Jennifer Murdock

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MS Program
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Research Interests: geographic information science

Brianna Perez-jara

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

David Peters

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Paige Ramsey

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MA Program
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Advisor: Rebecca Powell

Research Interests: human-environment interactions on public lands

John Rolf

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Jessica Villena Sánchez

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Program
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Advisor: Eric Boschmann

Research Interests: transport geography, mixed methods, mobility of older adults, and urban geography

Natasha Sanders

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Michelle Spencer

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Sophie-Min Thomson

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MS Program
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Advisor: Paul Sutton

Research Interests: use of unmanned aerial vehicles to create 3-D models

Everett Thompson

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Anthony Timpson

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Candice Tritt

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Steven Tyrrell

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Cassie Vaughan

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Xuantong Wang

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Program
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Advisor: Paul Sutton

Research Interests: dynamics of socio-economic development in Africa

Luke Winters

Graduate Teaching Assistant
MS Program
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Advisor: Rebecca Powell

Research Interests: remote sensing of wetlands

Kennedy Yeboah

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Erick Yokomizo

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

Ryan Young

MS Program
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Advisor: Steven Hick

Research Interests: geographic information science

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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Science

BA, Minor

About this Program

As the conversation around the global climate has overtaken both the public and scientific spheres, the need for trained environmental scientists has grown rapidly. The BA in environmental science covers a range of environmental issues, from climate change, air and water quality and resource preservation to sustainable development and waste management. Our program is founded on a hands-on approach to scientific exploration, meaning you'll have the chance to participate in field studies and travel to diverse locations to gather a truly expansive knowledge of environmental science.

As you learn about issues of environmental preservation and discover solutions to challenging global problems, you'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of other disciplines. The BA program is flexible and allows you to take courses across other fields to complement your degree. With the environmental science BA, students have gone on to careers in conservation, resource management, policy and many other fields with a focus on the health and preservation of the natural world.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Science

BS, Minor

About this Program

With an interdisciplinary focus, our BS in environmental science helps students develop knowledge and skills in fields lie sustainable development, ecosystem preservation and climate change. With classwork focused on physical and natural science, you'll gain an understanding of the physical properties that affect the environment and how those factors are shaping scientific discourse around the world. The program is built on practical field experience, so you'll have the opportunity to explore the evolving science of the environment and work on new solutions to today's most pressing challenges.

This program offers students a foundation in the natural sciences while helping develop skills in the technical aspects of environmental science. Graduates can leave prepared to work in many career fields, including environmental quality assessment, natural resource monitoring and pollution measurement and abatement. You'll also be well-equipped to enter grad school and pursue greater depth and practice in the environmental sciences.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Science + Geographic Information Science

BA/BS + MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's dual degree in environmental science and geographic information science (GIS) allows students to complete both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years. The bachelor's, in environmental science, will help students develop the skills to understand and resolve environmental issues, with a particular emphasis on the natural and physical sciences. The master's, in geographic information science, will integrate traditional studies of physical, human and cultural geography and geographic information systems.

Students generally finish most of their undergraduate work by the end of their junior year and begin their graduate studies as seniors. The skills students may develop can prepare them for careers in fields like resource management, urban planning and environmental quality management. Recent graduates have found work in private industry and federal, state and local government.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geographic Information Science

MS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Science in geographic information science (GISc), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is designed for students interested in careers in geotechnology. The program provides in-depth study of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Digital solutions and data analysis are increasingly essential in the way we understand geography, cartography and how they relate to human activity. These systems can be used to gain insight into the patterns and trends that define our relationship to our environment.

Because the insight students can acquire through geographic information has important ramifications for policy and decision making, there may be a healthy job market for students upon graduation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for graduates with geotechnological skills will grow by 30 percent by 2024. Some of our recent graduates have found work in both private industry and government.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geographic Information Science

Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's minor in geographic information science (GISc), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is geared toward students from other majors who are interested in geotechnology. The program provides an overview of a variety of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Today's geographers and environmental scientists use cartography and geographic information systems to develop insight into patterns and trends to understand the environmental conditions of the past and to predict where they might go in the future.

This sort of geographic information is becoming increasingly useful in policy-making, and as such, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for graduates with geotechnological skills will grow by 30 percent by 2024, indicating a strong employment market for students upon graduation. Recent graduates have found work in both government and private industry. Students already pursuing degrees in areas ranging from environmental science to anthropology can gain useful skills and diversify their abilities with this minor.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in geography offers students various areas of study, including physical geography, human geography, human-environment interaction, applied geography and geographic information science. The degree prepares students for careers in education, resource management, economic development, urban planning and academia.

In our BA program, students can develop a scientific understanding of environmental issues, balancing the technical and social solutions to environmental problem solving. The curriculum's primary goal is to provide students a foundation in geographic principles and perspectives, as well as the professional skills to put them into practice.

Skills you can hone in our BA program include:

  • Problem recognition and solution development
  • Use of technical tools, such as GIS, manual and computer-assisted remote sensing, and cartography
  • Field and laboratory techniques

 

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

MA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Master of Arts in geography offers areas of emphasis in physical geography, human geography and human-environment interaction. Alumni with human geography emphases can go on to careers with state and local planning agencies, developers, consulting firms and private industry in Colorado and elsewhere. Those with interests in physical geography have found employment in federal and state agencies, environmental consulting firms and private enterprises. Human-environment interaction students have opportunities to pursue careers on both sides, and are particularly suited to work to advance sustainability and responsible resource usage.

As you move through the program, you'll take part in rigorous coursework and research, culminating in a thesis project. Small classes and personal attention from your professors will give you the opportunity to take advantage of expert support from our faculty and staff, and you'll also collaborate and work closely with your fellow students. Opportunities for field training abound, both in the U.S. and abroad, and we'll help support you with career goals so you're best able to utilize your skills.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography

PhD

About this Program

The University of Denver's PhD in geography includes areas of emphasis in biogeography, climatology, cultural geography, economic geography, environmental change, geographic information science, geomorphology, human environment interaction, Latin America, population, Quaternary studies, transportation geography, water resources and urban geography. The PhD is the highest achievable degree in the field, and students in the program will be expected to produce a high-quality dissertation of substantial scope. Students who achieve the PhD can pursue careers in higher education, with federal and state agencies, and in a range of other fields requiring specialized geographic knowledge.

The department's modestly sized graduate population leads to many advantages: small classes, personal attention, and the chance to develop rewarding relationships with faculty, staff and other students. The department also features excellent facilities and resources, with updated offices, labs and classroom spaces. It also offers numerous opportunities for field training through a range of trips and field courses, both in the U.S. and abroad.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Geography + Geographic Information Science

BA + MS

About this Program

Through this dual degree in geography and geographic information science (GIS), students can complete a bachelor's degree in geography and a master's degree in GIS in just five years. Typically, our dual degree students complete the majority of their undergraduate work at the end of their third year. Graduate work normally begins during our students' senior years. This program is tailored toward students interested geotechnology. Our students complete detailed study of geotechnological skills, from cartography and GIS to remote sensing and GPS.

This dual degree can help prepare students to enter a growing field, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting demand for graduates with geotechnological skills expected to grow by 30 percent by 2024. Through their bachelor's degree program, students can choose to emphasize a variety of emphasis tracks, including geographic analyses, land use or urban planning, and natural resource management.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Sustainability

Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's minor in sustainability, offered through the Department of Geography & the Environment, is an excellent choice for students no matter their major. An understanding of sustainability includes the scientific basis for sustainable resource use as well as the social and economic implications and costs of sustainable practices. As we move into the future, sustainability will be of paramount concern in nearly every professional field, and this minor can help you contribute to a healthier word, whether you find your career in engineering or education, marketing or biology.

Among the problems facing society are an uncertain global economy, the heavy reliance of both developed and developing nations on increasingly limited supplies of nonrenewable energy sources, and the resulting social unrest building throughout many parts of the world. Understanding and finding a solution to these challenges and moving toward a sustainable future will require an interdisciplinary perspective on these problems. Our minor in sustainability will give you the opportunity to develop the insight to work toward a better future.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Urban Studies

Minor

About this Program

The urban studies minor at DU offers a multidisciplinary introduction to issues that impact social and physical urban environments. Our courses examine the history of urban society in the U.S. and other parts of the world, as well as topics like city planning, architecture, security, transportation, housing and sustainable design and development.

The majority of the world's population lives in cities. A minor in urban studies can prepare you to make informed decisions about urban policy, planning and development questions that face today's citizens and their communities. Careers in fields like urban planning and development, social work, public policy work and human services benefit from the kind of skills you'll develop with the minor in urban studies.