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 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
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
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
Katherine Lininger photo portrait
Katherine Lininger
Assistant Professor of Geography • fluvial geomorphology; ecogeomorphology; carbon cycle; water resources management; coupled natural-human systems • PhD in Earth Sciences, Colorado State University
Physical Geography
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
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; population geography; 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 • 2017 Professor of Distinction • 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
Department Chair • 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
Distinguished Professor of Geography • Biogeography; Conservation • Distinguished Research Lecturer • Arts and Sciences College Professor of Distinction • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1975
Physical Geography
Emily Yeh photo portrait
Emily Yeh
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