Current MA and PhD Students

The following are select graduate degree candidates.


Carter Beale, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Carter Beale

Email: carter45@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Social-Ecological Systems, Watershed Management, Biocultural Restoration, Climate Adaptation, Coastal Resilience, Political Ecology, California, Hawaiʻi

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Aron Boettcher, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Aron Boettcher

Email: aronab@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Forests, Carbon, Biomass, Lidar, Imagery, Satellite, Photosynthesis, Machine Learning

Advisor: Qi Chen

Shannon Chambers, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Shannon Chambers

Email: smchamb@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Human-Environment Relations, Political Ecology, Agriculture, Food Security, Sustainability, Indonesia

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Grace Chun, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Grace Chun

Email: gychun@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Migration, Spaces of Sanctuary, Citizenship, Transnationalism

Advisor: Reece Jones

Ashley Clark, , Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ashley Clark

Email: anclark@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Tea Agriculture, Sustainable Farming, Multispecies Interfaces, Ethnography, Taiwan, China

Advisor: Hong Jiang

Anna Duerr, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Anna Duerr

Email: aduerr@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Food Access and Security, Hunan-Environment Interactions, Sustainability, Agriculture

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Gollan Geronimo, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Rollan C. Geronimo

Email: rollan@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management, Climate and Ocean Change Impacts on Marine Resources, GIS, Remote Sensing, Data Visualization, Spatial Pattern Analyses

Advisor: Camilo Mora

Jocelyn Grandinetti, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jocelyn Grandinetti

Email: jwgrand3@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Biocultural Restoration, Political Economy, Community-Based Resource Management, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Human-Environment Relationships, Socioecological Systems

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Michelle Harangody, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Michelle Harangody

Email: msharan@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Political Ecology, STS, Marine Policy and Conservation, Corals, Tourism, Thailand, Hawaiʻi

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

Meagan Harden, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Meagan Harden

Email: mharden@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Feminist Geopolitics, Critical Border Studies, Migration and Mobility, Imperialism, Gender and Embodiment

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Hunter Heaivilin, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Hunter Heaivilin

Email: huntersh@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Agro-food Systems, Land Use Change and Planning, Climate Change, Pacific Islands

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Sasha Helfner, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Sasha Helfner

Email: helfner@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Water Access, Protection, & Conservation, Medical Geography, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Cesspools in HI

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Tatsuki Kohatsu, MA, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Tatsuki Kohatsu

Email: kohatsut@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Geopolitics, Militarization, Tourism, Islands, Okinawa

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Dalilah Laidin, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dalilah Laidin

Email: dalilahn@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Cultural Geography, Heritage Landscapes, Critical Tourism Studies, Southeast Asia

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Amanda Lambert, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Amanda Lambert

Email: aml7@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Remote Sensing, LiDAR, GIS, Imagery, Geospatial Technologies, Environment, Climate Change, Water Quality

Advisor: Qi Chen

PhD, Borjana Lubura-Winchester, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Borjana Lubura

Email: borjana@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Geopolitics, Borders, Sovereignty, Humanitarian Intervention,The European/Balkan Refugee/Migration Crisis, Human Trafficking/Human Rights, Area: Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria

Advisor: Reece Jones

Amiti Maloy, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Amiti Maloy

Email: amiti@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Blue Economy, Tourism, Feminist Geographies, Ocean and Coastal Studies, Geopolitics, Political Ecology, Marine Conservation, Social Change

Advisor: Marina Karides

Olivia Meyer, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Olivia Meyer

Email: oliviacm@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Feminist Geographies, Southeast Asia, Plastic Waste, Climate Justice, Feminist Theory, Social Movements, Thailand

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

MA, Heidi Needham, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Heidi Needham

Email: hneedham@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Ecological Climatology, Climate Change, Climate Models, Natural Resource Management, Science Education, Outreach Activities with Underrepresented Groups

Advisor: Tom Giambelluca

PhD, Joan Pan, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Joan Pan

Email: jpan@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Cultural Geography, Tea, Health, Well-Being, Social Media

Advisor: Hong Jiang

Marcus Peng, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Marcus Peng

Email: marcuspe@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Coastal Management, Ecosystem Service Valuation, Outdoor Recreation, Experimental Methods, Causal Inference

Advisor: Brian Szuster

Foley Pfalzgraf, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Foley Pfalzgraf

Email: foleycp@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Resilience and Adaptation, Nature Based Solutions, Forestry, South Pacific, Vanuatu

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

LiEllen Rhame, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

LiEllen Rhame

Email: lrhame@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Human and Nonhuman Animal Interaction, China, Cultural Geography, Terror Management Theory, Environment

Advisor: Hong Jiang

Leif Salveson, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Leif Salveson

Email: leifsalv@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Political Economy, Community Supported Fisheries

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Kristen Sanfilippor, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kristen Sanfilippo

Email: ksanfili@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Climate Change, Climate Modeling, Statistical Downscaling, Rainfall, Hawaiʻi Climate

Advisor: Tom Giambelluca

Renee Setter, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Renee Setter

Email: rsetter@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Marine Ecology, Climate Change, Climate Models, GIS, Big Data Analysis

Advisor: Camilo Mora

PhD, Yuko Stender, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Yuko Stender

Email: ystender@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Responses of Coral Communities to Human-Induced Environmental Changes, Coral Reef Recovery from Impacts of Land-Derived Material, Landscape Ecology, Spatial Statistics, GIS

Advisor: Ross Sutherland

PhD, Henryk Szadziewski, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Henryk Szadziewski

Email: henryksz@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Political Geography, Economic Marginalization, Geoeconomics, Globalization, Academic Freedom, Sport and Identity, Oceania, China, Uyghurs, Overseas Chinese

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Katie Taladay, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Katie Taladay

Email: taladay@hawaii.edu · Taladay on ResearchGate

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Coastal Ecosystems, Benthic Habitat Mapping, Carbon Cycling, UAS Technologies, Participatory Science

Advisor: Qi Chen

Hannah von Hammerstein, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Hannah von Hammerstein

Email: hfvh@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Coastal & Marine Ecosystems, Effects of Climate Change on Organisms, Climate-driven Species Range Shifts and Their Ecological & Societal Consequences, Eastern Tropical Pacific

Advisor: Camilo Mora

Kira Webster, Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kira Webster

Email: kiramw@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Climate Change Effects, Native Hawaiian Plant Populations, Reforestation, Island Biodiversity Conservation

Advisor: Camilo Mora

PhD, Laura Williams, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Laura Williams

Email: lauralw@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Rural Studies, Tourism, Islands, Political Economy, Development

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Kawēlau (Michelle) Wright, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kawēlau (Michelle) Wright

Email: kawelau.wright@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Hawaiʻi, Pacific Islands, Oceania, Political Geography, Political Ecology, Indigenous Geographies, Imperialism

Advisor: Reece Jones