PhD Placement

Curious about where our PhD students found career success? Look no further!


  • Naiima Khahaifa

Dissertation:  Making Prisons Work: Black Correctional Officers and Carceral Geographies of Western New York

Advisor:  Werner

Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Geography, and African and African America Studies, Dartmouth College

  • Sara Peterson

Dissertation:  Operationalizing the Human Capabilities Approach in the Context of Infrastructure Disruptions and Resilience

Advisor:  Metcalf

Current Position:  Graduate Intern, National Renewable Energy Labs

  • Caitlyn Sears

Dissertation: Global Agrochemical Production Networks: A study of Malaysia’s pesticide production and regulation

Advisor: Werner

Current Position: NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Indiana-Bloomington, 2023-2025.

  • Hannah Stokes-Ramos    

Dissertation: Resilience for whom? The Transformative Potential of Participatory Justice for Agro-Food Systems Governance in Puerto Rico

Advisor: Werner

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research associate in food systems, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, University of New Hampshire

  • Han Zhang

Dissertation:  Integrating Geographical Data Science with Soil Erosion Modeling to Support Soil Conservation and Environmental Sustainability: A Hybrid Geo-Spatial Approach

Advisor:  Renschler

Current Position:  Geospatial Data Scientist, Cigna Healthcare


  • Youngseob Eum

Dissertation:  Inference of Activity Patterns from Mobile Phone-based GPS Traces for Influenza Surveillance

Advisor:  Yoo

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

  • Qiang Pu

Dissertation:  Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Ambient PM2.5 Concentrations at Fine Scales Using Big Geospatial Data

Advisor:  Yoo

Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Health Dept., Emory University

  • Shengyuan Zou

Dissertation:  Unravelling the Spatial Distribution of Individual-level Abandoned Houses at Large Scale using Open-Access Remotely Sensed Data

Advisor:  Wang

Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Beijing Forestry University


  • Marissa Bell

Dissertation: Energy Justice, Nuclear Landscapes and Consent:  An Examination of Canadian Nuclear Waste Siting

Advisor: Hamilton

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of  Communication and Cornell Cooperative Extension Program, Cornell University

  • Dennis Choi

Dissertation: Transformation of ethnic economies and neighborhood change: The case of the Koreans in Bom Retiro

Advisor: Cooke

Current position: Assistant Clinical Professor, University at Buffalo and  Singapore Institute of Management Partnership Program

  • Jessica Gilbert-Overland

Dissertation: Food Justice Transitions in Buffalo, NY:  The role of values based approaches in social movements

Advisor: Hamilton

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and  Sustainability Studies, SUNY Geneseo.

  • Candace Kuechler

Dissertation: An Analysis of the Intermediary Role of Female and Minority-Focused Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (FFESO's & MFESO's)

Advisor: Bagchi-Sen

Current position: Senior Financial Analyst - Technology for Delaware North

  • Misa Yasumiishi

Dissertation: The Effects of Topography and Soil Properties on Radiocesium Concentrations in Forest Soils in Fukushima, Japan

Advisor: Bittner

  • Dameng Yin

Dissertation: High-Spatial-Resolution Estimation of Mangrove Growth and Carbon Stock Change Using Multi-Temporal UAV LiDAR Data

Advisor: Wang

Current position:  Assistant Professor, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

  • Shiran Zhong

 Dissertation: How does communicable disease spread in space? A three-perspective approach in analyzing dynamics in a location-centric framework

Advisor: Bian

Current position:  Post-Doctoral Scholar, Western University, Ontario, Canada


  • Xiangyu Jiang

Dissertation: Modeling Daily Ambient Air Pollution using a Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) System

Advisor: Yoo

Current position: Modeler, Air Protection Branch, Georgia Environmental Protection Division

  • Yue Luo

Dissertation: Cardiovascular disease among Asian immigrants in California

Advisor: Rogerson

Current Position:  Senior Associate, PwC Germany

  • Torsten Schunder

Dissertation: Household-Level Adoption of Modern Sources of Energy for Electrification and Cooking in South Asia

Advisor: Bagchi-Sen

Current position:  Scientific Project Manager, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

  • Xiang Ye

Dissertation: The Impacts of the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP) on Linear Regression

Advisor: Rogerson

Current position:  Postdoctoral Researcher, Shenzhen University, China

  • Qiuyi Zhang

Dissertation: Modeling a Multi-Level Intervention to Improve Oral Health for Chinese Americans

Advisor: Metcalf

Current position:  Lecturer, Fujian University of Technology in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, China