Current Group Members

Michael C. Wimberly

Principal Investigator.

Andrea Hess

Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.).

Andrews Korah

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Ph.D.).

Dawn Nekorchuk

Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Avery Taylor

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.).

Former Group Members

Postdocs

Justin Davis (2016-2020)
Current Position: Research Analyst, Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Francis Dwomoh (2018-2019)
Current Position: Research Scientist, USGS Center for Earth Resoruces Observation and Science (EROS)

Christopher Merkord (2014-2017)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato

Zhihua Liu (2012-2016)
Current Position: Research Scientist, University of Montana

Chris Wright (2011-2013)
Current Position: Research Associate, Natural Resources Research Institute

Ting-Wu Chuang (2009-2012)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Taipei Medical University

Aki Michimi (2008-2011)
Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University

Mirela Tulbure (2008-2010)
Current Position: Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Graduate Students

Francis Dwomoh (5/2018)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University Dissertation: Vulnerability of Protected Areas to Human Encroachment, Climate Change and Fire in the Fragmented Tropical Forests of West Africa.

Kyle Kaskie (5/2018)
M.S. in Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University Thesis: Mapping and Risk Assessment of Juniper Encroachment Into a Prairie Landscape.

Henok Alemu (5/2015)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University
Dissertation: Contemporary Evapotranspiration Changes and Drivers in the Nile Basin.

Alemayehu Midekisa (12/2014)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University
Dissertation: Integrating Multi-Sensor Satellite Data for Malaria Early Warning in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Aaron Friesz (8/2012)
M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University
Thesis: Effects of Bird Community Structure on West Nile Virus Incidence in the Northern Great Plains.

Narayana Ganapathy (12/2011)
Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, South Dakota State University
Dissertation: Influences of Forest Roads on the Spatial Pattern of Modern Wildfire Regimes in the East Cascades of Washington State.

Aashis Lamsal (8/2011)
M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University
Thesis: Evaluating Geospatial Visualization Methods for West Nile Virus Risk Mapping.

Stephen Boyte (8/2009)
M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University
Thesis: Modeling Fire Disturbance and Forest Structure Change in the Black Hills

Jamie Manangan (12/2006)
M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Georgia
Thesis: Spatial Analysis of the Distributions of Two Tick-Borne Bacteria, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Ehrlichia chaffeensis, in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Darroc Goolsby (12/2005)
M.S. in Forest Biology, University of Georgia
Thesis: Patterns of Land Use and Succession in a Longleaf Pine Forest.

Yangjian Zhang (5/2005)
Ph.D. in Forest Resource Management, University of Georgia
Dissertation: Identification of the Wildland-Urban Interface at Regional and Landscape Scales.

Matthew Reilly (8/2004)
M.S. in Forest Biology, University of Georgia
Thesis: Plant Community Dynamics Following Wildfire in the South Appalachians: Changes in Diversity at Multiple Spatial Scales.

Undergraduate Students

Dillon Haller (2019-2020)

Micala Newland (2019-2020)