Graduate Students

Graduate students funded by assistantships through the Center for Geospatial Analytics enjoy office space in the center and contribute invaluably to its cutting-edge research programs.

Nick Kruskamp, Vaclav Petras, and Zekun Lin at a research sysmposium

Current Students

Jenna AbrahamsonJenna Abrahamson
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Josh Gray
Research: Using remote sensing to analyze environmental change as it relates to water cycles and freshwater availability
jnabraha@ncsu.edu

Adedoja AdeyeyeMuyiwa Adeyeye
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Ryan Emanuel
Research: Examining regional water stress based on oceanographic parameters, human impact and other climate phenomena
aadeyey@ncsu.edu

Daniela AgostiniDaniela Agostini
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management master’s student
Advisor: Jelena Vukomanovic
Research: Identifying the spatial and non-spatial trends in research conducted in Congaree National Park
dmagosti@ncsu.edu

Claudia AlbericoClaudia Alberico
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Ph.D. student
Advisor: Aaron Hipp
Research: Using spatial analytics to understand children’s use of public spaces and health outcomes
coalberi@ncsu.edu

Luke AllenLuke Allen
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Sandra Yuter
Research: Examining winter storms in the Northeast to better understand the dynamics associated with embedded heavy snow bands
lrallen3@ncsu.edu

Will BeamWilliam Beam
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management master’s student
Advisor: Aaron Hipp
Research: Understanding the spatial relationship between parks, urban heat islands, and vulnerable communities
wtbeam@ncsu.edu

Randi ButlerRandi Butler
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Natalie Nelson
Research: Analyzing satellite remote sensing data to better understand sweet potato production trends and bring in a rich perspective of on-the-ground challenges
rbutler4@ncsu.edu

Elyssa CollinsElyssa Collins
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Ross Meentemeyer
Research: Forecasting the spatial redistribution of people and infrastructure following sea level rise
ecollin@ncsu.edu

Raja DasRaja Das
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Karl Wegmann
Research: Developing remote-sensing-based geostatistical models for geohazard prediction and analysis
rdas3@ncsu.edu

Christopher DunstanChristopher Dunstan
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Aaron Hipp and Laura Tateosian
Research: Analyzing how people participate in physical activity
cdunsta@ncsu.edu

 

Mollie GainesMollie Gaines
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Mirela Tulbure
Research: Examining surface water connectivity and how it may change with forecasted changes in climate and land use
mdgaines@ncsu.edu

Xiaojie Gao (Jacory)Xiaojie Gao
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Josh Gray
Research: Studying the environmental impacts of global warming, with aims to understand human-nature interactions and global climate change
xgao26@ncsu.edu

Nick GrokhowskyNick Grokhowsky
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Helena Mitasova
Research: Solving problems where the environment and society converge, including how to detect chemicals affecting water supplies, how public sentiment affects environmental justice, and identifying locations where the most effective research is being performed
ngrokho@ncsu.edu

Umesh GuptaUmesh Gupta
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Raju Vatsavai and Ross Meentemeyer
Research: Specialized AI and deep learning framework for dynamic spatial-temporal models in landscape forecasting, detection and advance prediction
urgupta@ncsu.edu

Caitlin HaedrichCaitlin Haedrich
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Helena Mitasova
Research: Developing tools and models for flooding and sea level rise to help stakeholders understand the impacts of climate change
chaedri@ncsu.edu

Izzi HinksIzzi Hinks
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Josh Gray
Research: Developing and assessing remote sensing algorithms to optimize the productivity of sustainable agriculture amidst environmental change
irhinks@ncsu.edu

Byron IfedioraByron Ifediora
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Bethany Cutts
Research: Understanding how communities recover from disasters by measuring social cohesion and social vulnerability factors
bifedio@ncsu.edu

Nicole Inglis
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Jelena Vukomanovic
Research: Developing decision support tools for fire management teams in National Parks
ncinglis@ncsu.edu

 

Kate JonesKate Jones
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Jelena Vukomanovic
Research: Integrating geospatial technologies with ecological modeling to understand forest disturbance and climate adaptation
kejones8@ncsu.edu

Kimia KarimiKimia Karimi
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Dan Obenour
Research: Modeling watersheds and water quality to assess eutrophication trends under historical and projected scenarios
kkarimi2@ncsu.edu

Nicholas KruskampNicholas Kruskamp
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Ross Meentemeyer and Josh Gray
Research: Combining geospatial technologies and ecological modeling to understand the effects of emerging infectious diseases on forest ecosystems
nfkruska@ncsu.edu

Brit LaginhasBrit Laginhas
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Ross Meentemeyer
Research: Understanding invasion dynamics and forecasting the spread of invasive pests and pathogens
blaginh@ncsu.edu

Margaret LawrimoreMargaret Lawrimore
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Ross Meentemeyer
Research: Examining urban development and displacement of human populations under varying climate change scenarios, specifically focusing on flood events
malawrim@ncsu.edu

Vishnu Mahesh Vivek NandaVishnu Mahesh Vivek Nanda
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Perver Baran and Laura Tateosian
Research: Modeling trees from point clouds using deep learning for solar energy potential estimation in urban contexts
vvivekn@ncsu.edu

Martine MathieuMartine Mathieu
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Jennifer Richmond-Bryant
Research: Performing geospatial and statistical modeling of particulate matter (PM) and environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs) concentrations
mmathie@ncsu.edu

Venkata MatliVenkata Matli
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Dan Obenour
Research: Developing geostatistical models to study large-scale aquatic systems (e.g., modeling hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico) with limited available in situ data
vmatli@ncsu.edu

Shannon McAvoyShannon McAvoy
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Katie Martin
Research: Studying hydro-ecological systems to better understand the benefits of different forest management strategies
smcavoy@ncsu.edu

Ian McGregorIan McGregor
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Josh Gray
Research: Using remote sensing to understand forest productivity, with the goal of applying this to ecological forecasts and species conservation
imcgreg@ncsu.edu

Katie McQuillanKatie McQuillan
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Katie Martin
Research: Investigating how the distribution and ecosystem function of forests and vegetation protect and sustain water resources for people and biodiversity now and into the future
kmcquil@ncsu.edu

Garrett MillarGarrett Millar
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Helena Mitasova
Research: Developing and evaluating geovisualization technologies for the support of spatial thinking, learning, decision making, and problem solving
gcmillar@ncsu.edu

Kellyn MontgomeryKellyn Montgomery
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Helena Mitasova
Research: Geospatial data analytics for managing agricultural crop stressors at multiple scales
kpmontgo@ncsu.edu

 

Uchenna OsiaUchenna Osia
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Bethany Cutts
Research: Examining the crossroads between social justice and data science
unosia@ncsu.edu

 

Annie PaulukonisAnnie Paulukonis
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Tom Purucker (US EPA) and Helena Mitasova
Research: Developing tools and analyses used in pesticide risk assessments for threatened wildlife species, particularly pollinators and amphibians
epauluk@ncsu.edu

Vini PerinVinicius Perin
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Mirela Tulbure
Research: Applying high-resolution satellite imagery to evaluate small water bodies close to agricultural lands
vperin@ncsu.edu

Deja PerkinsDeja Perkins
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Caren Cooper
Research: Identifying spatial patterns in citizen science participation to engage underserved communities in environmental monitoring
djperkin@ncsu.edu

John PoloJohn Polo
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Chris Jones and Ross Meentemeyer
Research: Modeling the spread of and potential control options for plant pathogens in space and time
japolo@ncsu.edu

Joshua RandallJoshua Randall
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Jelena Vukomanovic and Bethany Cutts
Research: Developing a multidimensional spatial index characterizing energy poverty at multiple scales
jnrandal@ncsu.edu

Stacie RecklingStacie Reckling
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Helena Mitasova
Research: Transforming our understanding of how environmental factors and social influences interact with human health
skreckli@ncsu.edu

Shannon RicciShannon Ricci
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Del Bohnenstiehl
Research: Developing automated processing techniques to analyze passive acoustic data collected in marine environments
swbrown@ncsu.edu

Ariel SafferAriel Saffer
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Ross Meentemeyer
Research: Understanding and forecasting the global spread of plant pests and pathogens
asaffer@ncsu.edu

 

Felipe SanchezFelipe Sanchez
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Gustavo Machado
Research: Investigating spatial, temporal and spatiotemporal disease dynamics in livestock animals
fesanche@ncsu.edu

Paul SchrumPaul Schrum
Forestry and Environmental Resources Ph.D. student
Advisor: Stacy Nelson
Research: Leveraging computational geometry to improve geospatial modelling techniques and algorithms
ptschrum@ncsu.edu

Andrew Shannon
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Robert Scheller
Research: Examining landscape change, assessing management practices and modeling ecosystem dynamics in forested environments
ashanno@ncsu.edu

Owen SmithOwen Smith
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Josh Gray
Research: Efficiently computing and analyzing global land use and food security
osmith2@ncsu.edu

 

Laura Tomkins
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Sandra Yuter
Research: Studying snow bands and winter storm dynamics in the Northeast United States
lmtomkin@ncsu.edu

 

Jashira TorresJashira Torres Pabón
Forestry and Environmental Resources master’s student
Advisor: Stacy Nelson
Research: Analyzing management strategies for the red snapper recreational fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico
jmtorre2@ncsu.edu

Corey WhiteCorey White
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Co-advisors: Ross Meentemeyer and Helena Mitasova
Research: Developing a serious game (TomorrowNow) using participatory modeling to inform decisions in smart and connected communities
ctwhite@ncsu.edu

Thom WormThom Worm
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Ross Meentemeyer
Research: Examining human-driven changes in landscapes and forecasting ecological change in a growing world
tworm@ncsu.edu

Alexander YoshizumiAlexander Yoshizumi
Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student
Advisor: Jelena Vukomanovic
Research: Investigating how best to make energy and transportation systems more equitable, sustainable, efficient, and resilient
ayoshiz@ncsu.edu