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Highlights of the Academic Year

Fall 2016 graduate students at the reception held on August 26, 2016

Academic Achievements and Highlights during 2015-2016

Faculty Scholarly Activity

  • 48 refereed journal papers
    • Average impact factor = 3.30
    • Nature Climate Change (17.2), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (9.4), PLOS Biology (8.7), Ecological Monographs (8.0), Methods in Ecology and Evolution (6.3), Remote Sensing of Environment (5.9)
  • 2 monographs
    • Marion Werner. (2015). Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean. Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Russell Weaver, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Jason Knight, and Amy E. Frazier. (2016). Shrinking Cities: Understanding urban decline in the United States. Routledge.
  • 1 edited book
  • 4 book chapters
  • 8 conference proceedings


  • Total Degrees Awarded
Total degrees awarded


  • Undergraduate Degrees
Undergraduate degrees


  • Graduate Degrees
Graduate degrees

Student Successes

  • Charles H.V. Ebert Physical Geography Scholarship: Michael Gallisdorfer, Michael Habberfield, Jonathan Pleban, David Spiering, Xiaonan Tai
  • Abrahams-Woldenberg Field Scholarship: Misa Yasumiishi
  • CAS Dissertation Fellowship: Seth Cavello
  • Wenjie Ji, 1st Place, Student Honor Paper Competition, Remote Sensing Specialty Group, AAG 2016
  • Steve Tulowiecki, Best publication by a member of the AAG Biogeography Specialty Group in 2015
  • Shiran Zhong, Best Research Proposal Award at National NCGIA Conference
  • A. Zhu, Best Masters Presentation, AAG Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group

Recent PhD Awardees

Date Name Advisor Current Position
Sum 2015 Tonya Lewis Bennett Risk Governance & Regulatory Affairs, M&T Bank
Sum 2015 Fernando J Rios Renschler Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Sum 2015 Chen Shi Wang Assistant Professor, Capital Normal University
Fall 2015 Scott T. Ptak Bagchi-Sen Adjunct, UB and UB-SIM
Spr 2016 Cara R. Kochenash Poon Special Investigator, CACI International Inc
Spr 2016 Teuku Arckyansyah Meraxa Poon Risk Manager, American Express
Sum 2016 Jorge Bajo Sanchez Renschler Assisstant Professor, Erie County Comunity College
Sum 2016 Peng Gao Bian Researcher, UB
Sum 2016 Michael Habberfield Larsen Adjunct, UB
Sum 2016 Philip R. Savoy Mackay Research Fellow, Duke University

Academic Achievements and Highlights during 2013-2014

Academic Achievements and Highlights during 2013-2014

  • Refereed Journal Articles and Refereed Proceedings: 35 Published, 13 Accepted (15 faculty involved)
  • Book Chapters: 5 Published, 2 Accepted (5 faculty involved)
  • Sean Bennett received SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen received the Graduate Mentoring Award from the Graduate School, UB

Degree Programs

  • The BA in International Trade is now offered in Singapore at the University at Buffalo-Singapore Institute of Management (UB-SIM) campus.


  • Visit and seminar presentation for the Vince Ebert Lecture Series by Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard (former AAG President), UCLA


  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
UG Majors 84 74 86 88 113 101
Graduate 97
93 106
119 111 119

Graduation Figures

  2008/9 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/2014
B.A. 57 38 41 57 77  
M.A./M.S. 11 28 10 29 22 17
Ph.D. 12 4 7 10 6 5
Total 80 70 58 96 105  

Graduate Students

  • Abraham-Woldenberg Field Scholarship: Jonathan Pleban
  • Hugh Calkins Applied GIS Award:  Peng Gao
  • CAS Dissertation Fellowship: Elizabeth Felski and M. Habberfield
  • Humanities Institute & New York Council of Humanities Fellowship: Tonya Lewis
  • Graduate Teaching awards, UB Graduate School: Samuel Copeland


  • Four faculty members tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor
  • Three new faculty hired to start 2014 Fall


National Center for Geographic Information Analysis (NCGIA)

LESAM: Geospatial Project Management Tool (GeoProMT) v 1.0 was released to a world-wide audience as part of the NSF-Funded CyberInfrastructure VHub; GeoProMT will be the platform for an international benchmarking exercise of computational models to real-case scenarios for volcanic hazard assessment.

Chunyuan DiaoAmy Frazier, Wenjie Ji, and Xiaonan Tai, Ph.D. students, traveled to north-central China with Professor Le Wang during the summer of 2011 to study the environmental characteristics of saltcedar.



Dr. Randy Bertolas (PhD 1995), was recently elected to a third consecutive term as chair of the Department of History, Politics, and Geography at Wayne State College in the rolling hills of northeast Nebraska.

Dr. André Roy (PhD 1982) became Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University Montreal, QC in August 2014.