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Below is a directory of current faculty in the Geography Department. Click on a faculty member’s name to visit his or her personal website. Also here is photo taken from the recent faculty retreat (Oct 23, 2015).

Faculty Contact
aaronm Javier Arce-Nazario
Associate Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 326
(919) 445-4844
Landscape history, GIS-remote sensing, translational geoscience, critical physical geography, water and sustainability.
Paul Paul L. Delamater
Associate Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 217
(919)962-3922 (phone)
Health and medical geography, access to health care, health care policy, spatial analysis, GIS.
Paul Amanda Gay DelVecchia
Assistant Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 225
Freshwater ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, physical geography
emch Michael Emch
W.R. Kenan Jr., Distinguished Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 304
(919)843-1010 (phone)
Medical geography, spatial epidemiology, health & environment, GIS
gray Clark Gray
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Office: Carolina Hall 308
(919) 962-3876 (phone)
Population, environment and development; survey and statistical methods
banu Banu Gökarıksel
Professor, Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies
Office: Carolina Hall 307 and 2003 Global Education Center
(919) 843-5835 (phone)
Feminist, political, cultural geography; feminist geopolitics; embodied and intimate politics of difference; religion, piety, and gender; borders, refugees, and migration; Turkey, the Middle East, and Europe.
havice Elizabeth Havice
Professor, Bowman & Gordon Gray Term Professor and Associate Chair
Office: Carolina Hall 324
(919) 962-3414 (phone)
Political economy, political ecology, international development, commodity studies, agrarian studies, environmental politics, natural resources, property, corporate power, science studies
kirsch Scott Kirsch
Office: Carolina Hall 306
(919) 962-3874 (phone)
Historical, cultural, & political geography; history of science; social theory
konard Chip Konrad
Professor and Director, SERCC
Office: Carolina Hall 305
(919) 962-3873 (phone)
Climatology, climate change, meteorology
lentz Christian Lentz
Associate Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 319A
(919) 843-7359 (phone)
Development, state formation, nationalism, nature-society relations, agrarian studies, Southeast Asia
liang Jun Liang
Teaching Associate Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 218
(919) 962-3872 (phone)
GIS, Programming, Cartography, Urban Modeling, Remote Sensing
martin Nina Martin
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: Carolina Hall 224
(919) 962-3916 (phone)
Urban geography, global cities, civil society, migration, labor markets and economic development
aaronm Aaron Moody
Associate Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 211
(919) 962-5303 (phone)
Conservation, Landscape Ecology, Biogeography, Remote Sensing, GIS
cherie Chérie Rivers Ndaliko
Associate Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 319C
Black geographies; decolonial praxes; indigeneity and sustainable farming; Black Atlantic world.
olson Elizabeth Ann Olson 
Professor and Chair
Office: Carolina Hall 225
(919) 962-3921 (phone)
Youth and feminist geographies, critical health geography, moral geography and care ethics, participatory methodology.
Danielle Danielle Purifoy
Assistant Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 309
Black geographies, Environmental Justice, Uneven Development, U.S. South
pickles John Pickles
Daniel W Patterson Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Geography
Office: Carolina Hall 219
(919) 962-3919 (phone)
Globalization, economic geography, regional development, post-socialism, social and cultural theory, counter-cartographies
diego Diego Riveros-Iregui
Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 327
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-6814 (phone)
Ecohydrology, watershed hydrology, biogeochemistry, critical zone, land-atmosphere interactions, tropical hydrology, climate and land use/land cover change
smith Sara Smith
Office: Carolina Hall 222
(919) 962-3875 (phone)
Political, cultural, and feminist geography; intimacy, territory, and bodies; health politics; geopolitical subject formation; Ladakh; Jammu and Kashmir; South Asia
song Conghe Song
Office: Carolina Hall 310
(919) 843-4764 (phone)
Remote sensing, ecological modeling, forest ecosystems, land-cover/land-use change and climate change impacts on ecosystem functions, and GIS
song Paul J. Taillie
Assistant Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 223
Wildlife conservation, vertebrate community ecology, global change, and remote sensing
gaby Gabriela Valdivia
Professor and the Class of 1989/William C. Friday Distinguished Professor
Office: Carolina Hall 315
919-962-3871 (phone)
Latin America; environment, identity and governance; critical resource geography; political ecology
wise Erika Wise
Office: Carolina Hall 325
(919) 843-4762 (phone)
Climatology, dendrochronology, water resources