Faculty Profiles

Chris S. Duvall

 

Chris S. Duvall

Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison


duvall@unm.edu, Office phone: (505) 277-0518

 

 

Interests:

Biogeography, cultural and political ecology, African studies, historical geography, science studies, food and drugs studies

Research:

Dr. Duvall examines people-plant interactions from perspectives ranging from biogeography to cultural studies to historical geography, mostly in Africa but also in the U.S.

 


Melinda Morgan

 

Melinda Morgan

Associate Professor and W.K. Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Environmental & Food Systems
Director, Sustainability Studies Program

J.D., University of Idaho


mhbenson@unm.edu

 

 

Interests:

Environmental governance, social-ecological systems, new materialism, legal geography

Research:

Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on environmental governance. I’m particularly interested in understanding the next generation of tools and approaches to biodiversity loss, climate change and other environmental challenges and how those new ideas interface with existing legal and regulatory requirements. Research interests: emerging environmental governance regimes, legal geographies, new materialisms.

 


 

Ronda Brulotte

Associate Professor

Associate Director for Academic Programs, Latin American and Iberian Institute

Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

brulotte@unm.edu

 

 

Interests: 

Food systems, tourism geography, critical heritage studies, commodities and materialism, transnational indigeneity, Mexico, Latin America

Research:

Dr. Brulotte is an interdisciplinary scholar with training in sociocultural anthropology and Latin American studies whose research focuses on craft economies, critical heritage studies, and materiality in Mexico.


 

Scott M. Freundschuh

Professor (On Leave)

Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

sfreunds@unm.edu

 

Interests:

Geographic Information Science, spatial cognition, spatial information design, cartography


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Miriam Gay-Antaki

Assistant Professor

Associate Director, R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography

Ph.D., University of Arizona

mgayantaki@unm.edu

 

Interests:

Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Feminist Geography, Political Ecology, Human Environment Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Mexico

Research:

Currently use storytelling and the concept of feminist objectivity to convey the complicated web of scientists involved in climate science. Storytelling allows me to stress the connection between exclusions of underrepresented scientists in climate science with the persistent belief that science is an objective and impartial practice. My work is also looking to highlight the importance of Decolonial Latin American Perspectives in Feminist Political Ecology to understand climate change.

 

 

Xi Gong

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty, Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE)

Ph.D., Texas State University

xigong@unm.edu

Spatially Integrated Social Science Lab: xigong.wordpress.com/siss/

 

 

Interests: 

Geographic Information Science, Big Data Science and Analytics, Spatio-Temporal Data Mining, Health and the Environment, GIS-Based Modelling

Research:

Dr. Gong’s research focuses on Geospatial Data Science. Specific research interests include developing and implementing novel spatial-temporal data mining algorithms, environmental exposure assessment methods, and visual analytics approaches for big data to better understand the relationships among human health, society, and environment.


 

Constantine Hadjilambrinos

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Delaware

hadjilam@unm.edu

 

 

Interests:

Energy resources, environmental policy, science-technology-and society, relationship between culture and nature

 


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Natasha Howard

Assistant Professor of Geography

Assistant Professor, Africana Studies Program

Ph.D., University of New Mexico

nacosta@unm.edu

 

 

 

Interests:

Black geographies, Black feminist and women of color geographies, critical race studies, geographies of the Southwest, urban geographies, discourses on race, nature and the environment, Latin America and race

Research:

Dr. Howard's current research focuses on mapping Black geographies in the United States and Latin America. 

 


Maria Lane

Professor

Director, R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography

Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

mdlane@unm.edu

 

 

 

 

Interests:

Historical geography, environmental knowledge, colonialism, American west and southwest, Atlantic basin, history and geography of science, history of cartography, legal geography

Research:

Dr. Lane is a historical geographer who studies how environmental knowledge is produced through maps, science, stories, and policy.


 

Yan Lin

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty, Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE), UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNM Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity

Ph.D., Texas State University

yanlin@unm.edu

 

 

Interests: 

Health and Medical Geography, Health Disparities, Environmental Health, GIS, Spatial Data Analysis

Research:

I am a health and medical geographer and Geographic Information (GI) scientist with a research focus on health disparities and spatial analysis and modeling to gain a better understanding of relationships among human health, society, and the environment. My work is focused on health disparities and environmental spatial epidemiology, especially in the area of understanding and addressing environmental health disparities in Native American communities, cancer prevention and control, identifying social and environmental determinants of health disparities, developing methods for environmental exposure/risk assessment, and developing evidence-based geographic intervention programs to reduce health disparities.


Yolanda Lin 

Yolanda C. Lin

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University

ycl@unm.edu

 

 

Interests:

Natural hazards and disasters, risk and resilience, spatial analysis, earthquake engineering, data visualization, uncertainty, systems thinking

Research:

Dr. Lin’s research projects include developing novel methods for conducting scenario-based risk assessments for single and multi-hazard risks, and creating new tools to facilitate effective risk communication to stakeholders.


 

Caitlin Lippitt

Lecturer III, and Undergraduate Program Director

Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State University 

caitlippitt@unm.edu 

 

Interests:

Biogeography, invasive species, remote sensing of vegetation, fire ecology, the role of disturbance in plant communities.

 

 

Chris Lippitt

Associate Professor, and Graduate Programs Director

Director, Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE) ( aspire.unm.edu)

Faculty Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Science Cooperative ( isco-op.unm.edu)

Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State University 

clippitt@unm.edu

 

 

Interests:

Remote sensing, geographic information science, time-sensitive geographic information

Research:

Dr. Lippitt’s research is focused on the design and automation of remote sensing and related information systems to improve human perception and decision making, including applications to infrastructure, vegetation ecosystems, wildlife sampling, and hazard response.


Bo Romero
 

Bo Romero

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

romerobo@unm.edu 

 

 

Interests:

Geographical Information Science, spatial analysis, geoprocessing, geographical uncertainty, representation, and visualization

Reseach:

Dr. Romero’s general research domain is geographical information science (GIScience) and, more specifically, I focus on the mapping process and how information is derived from geographical data. I consider how geoprocessing, spatial analysis, and geographical uncertainty influence mapped representations of various subjects, and how information is conveyed through and cartographical geovisualizations.

 

 

 

Benjamin P. Warner

Assistant Professor 

Ph.D., Arizona State University

bpwarner@unm.edu

 

 

Interests:

Water governance and institutions, Latin American development, vulnerability, risk, and adaptation to environmental change, political economy, development studies, mixed methods

Research:

Dr. Warner's research is grounded in critical development studies and focuses on water governance and climate change.

 


Marygold Walsh-Dilley

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University

marygoldwd@unm.edu


 

 Interests:

Political ecology, food and agricultural systems, rural development, modernity/coloniality, agrarian change, climate change, vulnerability and resilience, qualitative methods, Andes


Liping Yang

 

Liping Yang

Assistant Professor of Geography
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
Affiliate Faculty, Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE)
Ph.D., University of Maine


lipingyang@unm.edu 
Research blog: http://deeplearning.lipingyang.org

GeoAIR Lab: https://geoair.lipingyang.org/
 

Interests:

Geographic information science (GIScience), geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI), visual (image and text) big data analytics, geovisualization, indoor navigation

Research:

Dr. Liping Yang, as the name of her GeoAIR Lab (Geospatial Artificial Intelligence Research and Visualization Lab) implies, conducts research on developing novel and creative methods and applications of geospatial artificial intelligence, such as intelligent city infrastructure management, including (natural) disaster and emergency management and visualization of (geospatial) big data for efficient and effective insight generation.

 

 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Karl Benedict

Associate Professor: CULLS
Dir of Research Data Services: CULLS
Associate Professor: Geography

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico
kbene@unm.edu
Teaching: web mapping, spatial data management

Cody Wiley

Instructor
M.S. Geography, University of New Mexico
cwiley@unm.edu
Teaching: online sections of Human Geography, Physical Geography, and World Regional Geography

 

Su Zhang

Senior Research Engineer: Earth Data Analysis Center
Research Assistant Professor: Department of Civil Engineering
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico
suzhang@unm.edu
Teaching: Remote Sensing, Cartography, Geovisualization


Emeritus Faculty


Elinore M. Barrett

 

Ph.D., University of California Berkeley 

Olen Paul Matthews

 

Ph.D., University of Washington; J.D., University of Idaho

Stanley A. Morain

 

Ph.D., University of Kansas