Graduate Students

Mahany C. Abdullah
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Qi Chen
Office:
Office phone:
Email: mahanya@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Remote Sensing, GIS, forest fuel, wildfire

Urban EL Fatih Bani Adam
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Matthew McGranaghan
Office:
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Email: uefadam@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Disaster management, risk analysis, remote islands, marine and coastal management, AHP, Geostatistics, GIS, and remote sensing.

Dylan Beatty
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Reece Jones
Office: Saunders Hall 420
Office phone: (856) 693-0835
Email: beattyd@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Imperialism, resistance and religion. Dynamics of glocalism, sacred syncretism and the limitations of globalism. Human agency vis-à-vis homogenization, particularly in relation to religious geographies.

Jennifer Bernstein
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Alison Rieser
Office:
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Email: jbern@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Social construction of nature, environmental attitudes and values, American environmentalism, human-wildlife relations

Keith Andrew Bettinger
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Krisnawati Suryanata
Office: Saunders Hall 441
Office phone: (808) 956 7781
Email: keithb@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Political ecology of protected areas, remote sensing, geography curriculum design, place and political decentralization, human-environment Interactions

Jordan Chetcuti
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Qi Chen
Office: Physical Science Building 313A
Office phone:
Email: chetcuti@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Remote Sensing, GIS, landscape ecology, conservation decisionsupport tools.

Vin Conti
Degree Program: Ph. D.
Advisor: Hong Jiang
Office: Saunders Hall 410
Office phone:
Email: vinconti@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Social Science of renewable energy on Maui

Nick Cosmas
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Reece Jones
Office: Saunders Hall 420
Office phone:
Email: ncosmas@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Geopolitics, Borders, Security Studies

Chelsea Dau
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Matthew McGranaghan
Office:
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Email: dau@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: My research will be focusing on Applied GIS & Geopolitics regarding the U.S. - Mexico border. I also have professional and personal interest in land use, particularly in Hawaii and the Pacific.

Charles Devaney
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Qi Chen
Office: Physical Science 312B
Office phone: (808) 956-3694
Email: cdevaney@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: I am interested in Near Earth Observation using low altitude sensor platforms in both tethered systems and UAV's for applications of Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing in Biogeography, Archeology, and Botany.

Micah R. Fisher
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Krisnawati Suryanata
Office: Saunders Hall 420
Office phone: (808) 956-2459
Email: micahrf@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Environmental and Land-Use Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Conflict Resolution, and Decision Making Processes

Abby G. Frazier
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Thomas Giambelluca
Office: Saunders Hall 418
Office Phone: 808-956-7294
Email: abbyf@hawaii.edu
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/abby_frazier/
Research Interests: Climatology, GIS, geostatistics, land-atmosphere interactions, climate variability: ENSO & PDO, rainfall in Hawai‘i.

Brandon Michael Genco
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Camilo Mora
Office: Saunders Hall 425
Office Phone:
Email: bmgenco@hawaii.edu
Website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~bmgenco/
Research Interests: Large scale patterns of ecology and evolution in the context of future planetary dynamics.

Rollan C. Geronimo
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Camilo Mora
Office: Saunders Hall 411
Office Phone: 956-7042
Email: rollan@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecosystem approaches to fisheries management; climate and ocean change impacts on marine ecosystems and resources; integrated socio-ecological systems and decision-support tools for management.

Alexandra Hedgpeth
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Dave Beilman
Office: Saunders Hall 404
Office Phone:
e-mail: hedgpeth@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecosystem response to environmental change, northern wetland ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, carbon.

Krista Jaspers
Degree Program: M.A
Advisor: Alison Rieser
Office: Saunders Hall 404
Office Phone:
e-mail: kjaspers@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: I am interested in the relationships between tourism and conservation in Hawai'i, with a focus on spinner dolphin tourism and operator codes of conduct.

Aurora Kagawa-Viviani
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Tom Giambelluca
Office: Saunders Hall 432
Office Phone: (808) 956-3516
e-mail: kagawa@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecology, watershed hydrology, ecohydrology, indigenous agricultural systems, climate change, natural resource management, science education, community-based participatory research

Lauren Kaiser
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Tom Giambelluca
Office: Saunders Hall 421
Office Phone: 808-956-8949
e-mail: lkaiser@hawaii.edu
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lauren_kaiser/
Research Interests: Climatology, Tropical Weather and Climate, ENSO

Kyle Kajihiro
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Reece Jones
Office: Saunders Hall 411
Office phone: 808-956-7042
Email: kkajihir@hawaii.edu
Research interests: Political geography. Political Ecology. Indigenous Geographies. Feminist Geopolitics. Environmental justice. Geographies of U.S. militarization and imperial formation in Hawaiʻi, Oceania and Asia. Global justice and decolonization movements.

Xiaofeng Kang
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Krisnawati Suryanata
Office: Saunders Hall 406
Office Phone:
e-mail:xk@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Political Ecology, Development and Environment; China; Southeast Asia

Faith O. Knighton
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Alison Rieser
Office:
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e-mail: fopatrny@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Marine geography, coral reef ecology, ecosystem-based management, coastal and marine spatial planning, and ocean policy.

Michel A. Laudier
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Matt McGranaghan
Office: Saunders Hall 410
Office Phone:
e-mail to: mlaudier@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Risk Management and Disaster Preparedness

Kerrie Littlejohn
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Brian Szuster
Office: Saunders Hall 411
Office Phone:(808) 956-7042
e-mail: klittlej@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecotourism, environmental attitudes and values, education, sustainable development, and behavioral geography

Ryan Longman
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Tom Giambelluca
Office: Saunders Hall 441
Office Phone: 856-7781
e-mail: rlongman@hawaii.edu
Website:
Research Interests: Research interests: Mountain climatology, Tropical high elevation climate change, Solar radiation measurement and modeling techniques. The fate of the world as we know it.

Maggie McCain Hirshen
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: David Beilman
Office: Saunders Hall 441A
Office Phone: 808-956-9604
e-mail: hirshenm@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Biogoegraphy, Botany, Restoration Ecology, Mediterranean ecosystems, Tropical Dry Forests.

Marie McKenzie
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Thomas Giambelluca
Office: Saunders Hall 421
Office Phone:
e-mail: mariemm@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Developing a climate network for Mauna Kea.

Kathryn Metzker
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Alison Rieser
Office: Saunders Hall 425
Office Phone: 484-883-6595
e-mail: Metzker.kathryn@gmail.com
Research Interests: Agroecology, sustainability, political ecology, community development, modern slavery, survivor rehabilitation

Wendy Miles
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Dr. Krisna Suryanata
Office: Saunders Hall 406
Office Phone:
e-mail: wmiles@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: My work is concerned with how environmental conservation efforts can be made more socially inclusive and beneficial to people, while also becoming more effective at protecting species and ecosystem services. My academic areas of interest include political ecology, biodiversity conservation, and community-based natural resource management.

Nicole Milne
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Krisna Suryanata
Office: In the field, fall 2009 - fall 2010
Office Phone: (206) 718-0078
e-mail: nmilne@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: agricultural/rural geography, political economy of natural resources, culture and environment, environmental and social history

Yoshitaka Miyake
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Mary G. McDonald
Office: ISaunders Hall 441A
Office Phone: 856-7781
e-mail: ymiyake@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Economic geography, agricultural geography, rural geography, globalization, neoliberalism, Japan, Japanese agriculture and its policies

Ryan Mudd
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Thomas Giambelluca
Office: Saunders Hall 418
Office Phone:
e-mail: rmudd@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecohydrology, carbon cycle science, climate change

Robert C. O'Conner
Degree program: M.A.
Advisor: Matthew McGranaghan
Office: NOAA Fisheries Service, Pacific Island Regional Office

Email: roconner@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: benthic habitat mapping, bathymetry data, fishery regulatory boundaries, GPS technology, marine protected area delineations, and ocean remote sensing.

Julius Paulo
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Ev Wingert
Office: PSB 313 A
Office Phone:
e-mail: paulojul@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Field Mapping, GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing, Philippines.

Donovan C. Preza
Degree program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Ev Wingert
Office: PSB 313B
Office phone: (808) 956-8463
Email: preza@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Cultural Geography, Cartography, Historical Geography, Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Land Tenure, Political Geography, History of Cartography, the Hawaiian State and Territoriality.

Farrah Powell
Degree program: M.A.
Advisor: Camilo Mora
Office: Saunders Hall 420
Office phone:
Email: fpowell@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecological niche modelling; responses of coral reefs to climate change

Jaya P. Reinhalter
Degree program: M.A..
Advisor: Reece Jones
Office: Saunders Hall 446
Office phone:
Email: JayaP@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: I am interested in cultural and political geography, agrarian change in the context of the global economy, the feminization of labor, resistance movements, and eco-feminism in South Asia (specifically India).

Ben Schrager
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Krisna Suryanata
Office: Saunders Hall 411
Office Phone:
e-mail: schrager@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: agriculture and Japan. Secondary interests: identity, technology and soccer

Alessandra Shea
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Camilo Mora

Office:
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e-mail: agshea@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Anthropogenic effects on coral reefs. Coral reef conservation. Coral disease causes in relation to climate change and coastal development. Meta-analysis of coral reef health globally. Coral reef ecosystem management policy.

Yuko Stender
Degree Program:  Ph.D.
Advisor: Ross Sutherland
Office: PSB 312B
Office Phone: 808-956-3694
E-mail: ystender@hawaii.edu
Personal Web Page: www.marinelifephotography.com
Research Interests: Dynamics of coral reef community assemblages in human-impacted seascapes, understanding coral reef recovery processes from land-based pollution and sedimentation, patterns and processes of coastal sediment quality, landscape/seascape ecology, environmental geography, biogeography, spatial statistics, GIS.

Hillary Strasser
Degree Program:  M.A.
Advisor: Reece Jones
Office: Saunders Hall 432
Office Phone: 808-956-3516
E-mail: hws@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Political geography, political ecology, ocean policy, human-wildlife interactions, environmental conservation, tourism and development, birding. I will do my research in Myanmar.

David Strauch
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Lyndon Wester
Office: PSB 313 B
Office Phone:
e-mail: strauch@hawaii.edu
Personal Web Page: www2.hawaii.edu/~strauch/
Research Interests: cultural biogeography of foodplants, ethnobotany of markets, discourses of place, cartography, film Mexico, Oceania

Rhonda R. Suka
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Ross Sutherland
Office: Saunders Hall 431
Office Phone: 808-479-0160
e-mail: mall@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Marine geomorphology, shallow water surveys, submerged Bronze Age landscapes of Crete, Greece, sea level change, GIS & remote sensing.

Mary Tardona
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Dave Beilman
Office: Saunders Hall 404
Office Phone:
e-mail: tardona@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecosystem response to environmental change, antarctic ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, carbon.

Han Tseng
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Tom Giambelluca
Office: Saunders Hall 425
Office Phone: 808-479-0160
e-mail: tsenghan@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Ecohydrology, Climate Change, Forest, Sap flow measurement

Emily Wright
Degree Program: M.A.
Advisor: Krisna Suryanata
Office: Saunders 432
Office Phone: 808-956-3516
e-mail: ecwright@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: Fisheries and aquaculture, climate change, political ecology, discourse theory, participatory mapping

Yuanzheng Xiao
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Qi Chen
Office: Saunders Hall 425
e-mail: xiaoyuan@hawaii.edu
Research Interests: LiDAR Remote Sensing