Graduate Students

photo: allenAshley L. Allen
B.A. Oklahoma State University;
M.A. University of Wyoming
Advisor: Dr. Dydia DeLyser
cultural geography, landscape, memory, identity, folklore, united states, narrative and rural communities

photo: amakiAlexandria Amaki
B.A. CSU Chico
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
forensic anthropology, osteology, ancestry

photo: auldsMeredith Aulds

B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
Osteology, Skeletal biology, pathologies, bioarchaeology, Latin America, South America

 Krista BennetKrista Bennett 
B.A. Psychology, B.A. Anthropology, University of North Texas
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic Anthropology, Skeletal Trauma, Osteology


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Kyle Bikowski
B.A. Anthropology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
B.A. International Studies, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Advisor: Dr. Micha Rahder
Sociocultural Anthropology, Gaymers and Gayming, Science and Technology Studies, Cyborg Anthropology, Virtual Spaces, Nerd Culture, LGBTQ+ Studies

Charles CananCharles Canan
A.S. Emergency Medical Services, Nicholls State University (2003);
B.S. Allied Health - Professional Practice, Nicholls State University (2005);
M.S. Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Arkansas Tech University (2017)
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Primary focus is disaster sciences; interests include physical geography, hydrology, and geomorphology

Kathleen BenedettoKathleen Benedetto 
B.S. Psychology, LSU;
M.S.W., Tulane University
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
extreme climate events, hurricanes

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Rupsa Bhowmick
B.S. University of Calcutta     
M.S. University of Calcutta
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
climatology, applied climatology, extreme climatic events, remote sensing and GIS


Brittney BlevinsBrittney Blevins 
B.A. Anthropology, University of Louisville  
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic Anthropology, Dental Anthropology, Human Osteology

Jason BrooksJason Brooks
B.S. Kennesaw State University;
M.A. Georgia State University
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
comparisons in power and spatial organization between sugar and cotton plantations in the Lower Mississippi River Valley with a primary focus in historical archaeology

Vincent BrownVincent Brown 
B.S. Salisbury University;
M.S. University of Tennessee
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Climatology, Physical Geography, Climate Change, Statistics

Elizabeth CruzadoElizabeth Cruzado Carranza 
B.A. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru;
M.A. University of Memphis
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Andean archaeology, mortuary practices, archaeobotany, public archaeology, site preservation, museum studies, identity, cultural heritage


Maggie CloosMaggie Cloos
B.A. Sewanee
Advisor: Dr. Brian Marks
coastal Louisiana, environmental change narratives, community participation in environmental management, conservation geography

Audrey DeLucaAudrey DeLuca
B.A. Anthropology and History, University of Alabama;
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Bioarchaeology, Historical Archaeology, Gender Studies, Mortuary Practices

Kevin DurbinKevin Durbin
B.S. Louisiana State University;
M.S. Georgia Tech
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
urban and transportation geography, land use patterns and policy, public policy and administration, GIS, urban scenario modeling

 Katherine ElderKatherine Elder
B.A. Anthropology and French
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensics and Bioarchaeology 


photo: elworthAmber Elworth
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Jill Brody
linguistic anthropology, applied linguistics, language acquisition, middle east, north africa

Nicholas EnwrightNicholas Enwright 
B.S. University of North Texas;  
M.S. University of North Texas
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
geographic information systems, remote sensing, land use/land cover change, wetlands, barrier islands, restoration monitoring

Shuzhan FanShuzhan Fan
B.S. Central South University
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
GIS, spatial statistics, spatial analysis, remote sensing

Monica Fenton

Monica Fenton 
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
archaeology, the Andes, Lower Central America, gender, queerness, bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, mortuary practices


photo: fosterCheryl M Foster
B.A. University of Central Florida;
M.A. University of Central Florida
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Maya Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, Paleoethnobotany, Geology, Herbalism, Environmental Archaeology

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Kelsey Fox
B.S. University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
Forensic Anthropology 

Margaret FurtnerMargaret Furtner 
B.A. DePauw University
Advisor: Dr. Juliet Brophy
Paleoanthropology, Osteology, Dental Anthropology



 Shannon GrollSK Groll 
B.A. Case Western Reserve University
Advisor: Dr. Joyce M. Jackson
sociocultural and public anthropology, ethnography of social movements, political economy, geography of resistance, politics of education, medical anthropology, body ideals, gender, sexual health, adolescent cultures

Marena GrondinMarena Grondin 
B.S. Unity College
Advisor: Dr. Kory Konsoer
physical geography, fluvial geomorphology

Nick Grondin 
Nick Grondin
B.S Meteorology, University of South Alabama (Minors: Mathematics and Geography), GIS Certificate, University of South Alabama
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
climatology, meteorology, tropical cyclones, GIS applications in weather and climate, weather/climate education


 Ya HanYa Han
B.S. Geography, Peking University;
M.S. Geography (city and regional planning), Peking University
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
GIS, urban planning, climate change

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Kenetha Harrington 
M.A. St. Xavier University
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Jackson, Dr. Helen Regis
African diaspora archaeology, historical archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, slavery in America, black culture, space, ethnohistory, and identity


Joseph HarrisJoseph Harris
B.S. Austin Peay State University;
M.S. East Tennessee State University
Advisor: Dr. Robert Rohli
geohazards (hazard mitigation and emergency planning), hazards (anthropogenic and natural), risk assessment, evacuation modeling, GIS, environmental geography (applied GIS and remote sensing), meteorology, climatology

Juana Ibinez

Juana Ibáñez
B.A. University of New Orleans;
M.A. University of Texas-Austin
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson and Dr. Rebecca Saunders
adaptations of the Marksville culture (2000 BP) between the Mississippi delta and Gulf Coast



Marisa KarpinskiMarisa Karpinski  
B.S. University of Delaware
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
tropical climatology, hurricanes, climate communication, risk perception

Brandy KerrBrandy Kerr
B.A. Anthropology
B.A. Spanish
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
prehistoric Plaquemines culture in southeast Louisiana

 Hyunjoong KimHyunjoong Kim 
B.S. Anyang University, South Korea
M.S. Anyang University, South Korea
Current advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Simulation Model, Spatial Disparity, Spatial Statistical Analysis Method

Stephen KrellerStephen Kreller 
B.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Climate, Meteorology, Storm Surge, Hurricanes


Aubry KyleAubry Kyle 
M.A. University of New Orleans
M.P.H. University of Illinois at Chicago
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
Hazard Planning and Preparedness, Public Health Geographies, Medical Geography, Medical Anthropology, Faith-Based Organization Roles in Disaster Response

Sarah LathamSarah Latham 
B.A. Anthropology, Webster University
Advisor: Dr. Kerry Chance
Political Anthropology, Anarchism and Uprisings, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Political Ecology, and Space, Place and Belonging

Jiyoung LeeJiyoung Lee 
B.A. Sungshin Women's University;
M.A. Sungshin Women's University
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
GIS, Geo visualization, Interactive map, Geospatial big data analysis, Remote Sensing 

Cuiling LiuCuiling Liu
B.S. Shandong Jiaotong University;
M.S. Capital Normal University
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
spatial analysis, spatial database, urban planning evaluation, urban explanation simulation

Shuxian LiuShuxian Liu 
B.S. Sun Yat-Sun University
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Geo-information extraction,RS/GIS application in urban study, Spatial statistic analysis, Natural Disaster in Coastal area


Irene Marti GilIrene Martí-Gil
B.A. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona;
M.A. University College London
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Islamic archaeology, archaeology of Spanish missions, linguistic anthropology

Christopher McCurleyChristopher McCurley
B.A. Vanderbilt University;
M.C.J. Tarleton State University
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson
cultural geography, historical geography, mobility, ethnographic methods, GIS

Brant Mitchell

Brant Mitchell
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim


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Margeaux Murray 
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Plaquemine/Mississippian culture, Southeast US, Contact archaeology, Historical archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Public Outreach

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Ria Mukerji 
B.A. Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
human-environment interaction, community resilience, sea-level rise and floods, human geography, climate change adaptation

Christopher NicosiaChristopher Nicosia
B.A. Suny Oneonta
M.S. Illinois State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Bioarchaeology, Skeletal Biology, Social Landscapes (i.e., Social Identity, Gender), Paleopathology, Mortuary Patterning, Diet


Antonio Otero

Antonio Otero
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr.    Robert Tague


Jessi ParfaitJessi R. Parfait 
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Environmental anthropology, GIS, ethnographic methods, southeast Native Americans, environmental racism

Alina PrigozhinaAlina Prigozhina 
B.S. Moscow State University, Russia
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
medical geography, factors affecting diseases spreading, HIV/AIDS geography, diseases dependent on social factors, geography of crime, GIS applications in business and government

Michel Pujazon

Michel F. Pujazón
B.A. University of Florida
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
spectroscopy, artifact sourcing, GIS, sacred landscapes, human-environment interaction

Xiaolei Qiu

Xiaolei Qiu
B.L. Shanghai University of
Political Science and Law
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Social Culture; Gender; Globalization and Power; Social Stratification

Sophia ReckSophia Reck 
B.S. Colorado Mesa University
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Human Taphonomy               

Taylor Rowley

Taylor Rowley
B.S. University of Oklahoma;
M.S. Texas AM University
Advisor: Dr. Kory Konsoer
Fluvial Geomorphology, Hydrology, Water Resources

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Nan Shang
B.S. Wuhan University;
M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Shelly Meng
UAV, remote sensing and GIS application, 3D topographic mapping

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Deirdre C. Smith
B.S. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
Latin America, Louisiana Gulf Coast, climatology, hurricanes, lightning, extreme weather, human-environment interactions


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Samira Soleimani 
B.S. Iran University of Technology;
M.S. K. N. Toosi University of Technology
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
Spatial Statistics, Spatial Crime Analysis, Volunteered Geographical Information, Railroad-Highway Crossing Control, Spatial Data Mining

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Brett Spencer 
B.A. Kent State
M.A. University of New Orleans
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
historical geography of the Mosquitia (Honduras and Nicaragua), indigenous activism, urban geography, Central American Caribbean

photo: bartelsKenny Sutherland 
B.S. and B.A Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
digital imaging, GIS, remote sensing, human-environment interactions, foodways, festivals, religion, material culture, east Asia, Andes

Andreana TarletonAndreana Tarleton 
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Marie Jackson        criminal justice system, black womanhood, cyber activist culture, critical race feminism


 photo: taylorAshlee Taylor 
B.A California State University, Chico
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Historical Archaeology, Contact Period, GIS, Data Management

photo: thompsonDerek Thompson
B.S. Western Kentucky University
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
meteorology, climatology, applied climatology, remote sensing, GIS, teleconnections, history

 Dan TianDan Tian 
B.S. Sun Yat-sen University
M.S. University of Bristol
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
GIS, remote sensing, flooding, natural hazards and risk assessment

photo: troutmanJohn Troutman 
B.S. California University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
meteorology, climatology, hurricanes, storm surge 


 photo: tuLe Tu
B.S. Anhui University of Architecture
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
GIS, information extraction, RS/GIS application in urban area, soil moisture estimation 

photo: tuckerClay Tucker
M.S. and B.S. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
Dendroclimatology, climatic geomorphology, paleotempestology,hurricane impacts on the Louisiana Gulf Coast

photo: waltnerDusty Waltner
B.A. University of Montana, M.S. University of Montana
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson
cultural geography, historical geography, tourism geography, geography of disabilities, performance and identity 

  photo: warnerJacob Warner
B.A. Louisiana State University
M.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine, Dr. Kristine DeLong
peruvian archaeology, paleoclimate reconstruction, El Niño-Southern oscillation, human-environment interaction


photo: xuYaping Xu
B.S. Guizhou University;
M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
remote sensing(RS) of the environment, information extraction, dynamic change analysis, RS/GIS application in natural disaster, cultural relics and heritage

Deborah Loke Wai YeeDeborah Loke Wai Yee 
B.S. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Advisor: Dr. Kristine DeLong
Paleoclimate reconstruction using coral proxies, particularly Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca

 photo: xukai zhang Xukai Zhang 
B.S. China University of Geosciences;
M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Shelly Meng
remote sensing application, coastal information extraction, 3D topographic mapping, urban development

Zeliu Zheng

Zeliu Zheng
B.S. University of Washington, Seattle
M.S. Binghamton University, SUNY;
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
urban planning, public policy, GIS