We believe what makes our department special is our dedicated faculty and staff who strive to create a supportive, caring, and dynamic learning environment. Our world-class faculty members are frequently recognized with awards and honors. Our research has had major policy impacts, and we are often quoted in the press and cited for our groundbreaking research. 

Waleed Abdalati photo portrait Waleed Abdalati
Professor of Geography • Remote Sensing of Earth’s Ice Cover • Executive Director of CIRES • Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996
Physical Geography
Suzanne Anderson photo portrait Suzanne Anderson
Professor of Geography • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Geomorphology; Weathering; Hydrology; Glaciology • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Physical Geography
Jennifer Balch photo portrait Jennifer Balch
Assistant Professor of Geography • Fire ecology; Land use/landcover change; Global change ecology; Tropical forest ecology • Director, Earth Lab Project Fire Principal Investigator • Ph.D. Yale University, 2008
Physical Geography
Holly Barnard photo portrait Holly Barnard
Associate Professor of Geography • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ecohydrology; Stable Isotope Geochemistry; Forest Hydrology; Tree Physiology • Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2009
Physical Geography
Peter Blanken Photo Portrait Peter Blanken
Professor of Geography • Climatology; Biometeorology • Faculty of ENVS • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1997
Physical Geography
joe bryan photo Joe Bryan
Associate Professor of Geography • Indigenous Politics in the Americas; Human Rights; and Critical Cartography. • Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, 2007
Human Geography
Barbara (Babs) Buttenfield Barbara (Babs) Buttenfield
Professor of Geography • GIS, Cartographic Generalization, Multi-Scale Databases • Ph.D. University of Washington, 1984
GIS
Carson Farmer photo portrait Carson Farmer
Assistant Professor of Geography • Spatial-Temporal Dynamics, Computational GIScience, Spatial Interactions, Transportation • Ph.D. National Center for Geocomputation, University of Maynooth (formerly National University of Ireland Maynooth), 2011
Physical Geography • Human Geography • GIS
Jennifer Fluri photo portrait Jennifer Fluri
Associate Professor of Geography • Feminist political geography; conflict security and development; South/Southwest Asia • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2005
Human Geography
Mara Goldman photo portrait Mara Goldman
Associate Professor of Geography • Political Ecology; Science and Technology Studies; indigenous knowledge; Nature-Society Relations • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Najeeb Jan photo portrait Najeeb Jan
Assistant Professor of Geography • Political Islam, South Asia; Poststructural & Postcolonial Theory; Biopolitics, Critical Ontology • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2010
Human Geography
Stefan Leyk photo portrait Stefan Leyk
Associate Professor of Geography • GIScience, uncertainty modeling, small area estimation, cartographic pattern recognition • Ph.D. University of Zurich / Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, 2005
GIS
Noah Molotch photo portrait Noah Molotch
Associate Professor of Geography • Surface Water and Snow Hydrology; Remote Sensing; Ecohydrology • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. The University of Arizona, 2004
Physical Geography
John O'Loughlin John O'Loughlin
Professor of Geography • Political; Former Soviet Union; Post Communist Societies; Nationalism • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Professor of Distinction • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1973
Human Geography
Tim Oakes photo portrait Timothy Oakes
Professor of Geography • Cultural Politics; Economic and Social Change; China • Director of CAS • Ph.D. University of Washington, 1995
Human Geography
John Pitlick photo portrait John Pitlick
Professor of Geography • Associate Chair, Graduate Studies • Geomorphology; Water Resources; Natural Hazards • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. Colorado State University, 1988
Physical Geography
Colleen Reid photo portrait Colleen Reid
Assistant Professor of Geography • Climate change and human health; Environmental and social epidemiology; Spatial exposure assessment • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2014
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Fernando Riosmena photo portrait Fernando Riosmena
Associate Professor of Geography • International migration, informal economy, and population dynamics; social demography, Latin America • Faculty of IBS • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2005
Human Geography
Mark Serreze photo portrait Mark Serreze
Research Professor of Geography • Arctic climate; global implications; and climate warming in the Arctic • Director of NSIDC • Fellow of CIRES • Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 1989
Physical Geography
Seth Spielman photo portrait Seth Spielman
Associate Professor of Geography • Urban Geography, Medical Geography, Spatial Statistics, GIScience • Affiliate of IBS • Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2008
Human Geography • GIS
Bill Travis photo portrait William (Riebsame) Travis
Associate Professor of Geography • Natural hazards, risk, climate change, decision-making • Earth Lab Deputy Director Project Risk Principal Investigator • Ph.D. Clark University, 1981
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Yaffa Truelove Yaffa Truelove
Assistant Professor of Geography • Urban Geography, Political Ecology of Water, India, Southern Urbanism, Urban Infrastructure, Water Governance, Nature-Society Relations • Faculty of International Affairs • PhD University of Cambridge, 2015
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Tom Veblen photo portrait Tom Veblen
Professor of Geography • Biogeography; Conservation • Distinguished Research Lecturer • Arts and Sciences College Professor of Distinction • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1975
Physical Geography
Mark Williams photo portrait Mark Williams
Professor of Geography • Alpine Biogeochemistry; Hydrology; Snow Hydrology; and Nutrient Cycling. • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of ENVS • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. University of California-Santa Barbara, 1991
Physical Geography
Emily Yeh photo portrait Emily Yeh
Department Chair • Professor of Geography • Nature/society geography; political ecology; cultural politics; development; Tibet; China • Associate Faculty of CAS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2003
Human Geography • Environment-Society