Current PhD Students

The following are select geography PhD degree candidates.


PhD, Dylan Beatty, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dylan Beatty

Email: beattyd@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Geography, The Philippines, Maritime Disputes in Southeast Asia and Filipino Fishers, the Rise of China as a Global Power

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Will Cecil, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Will Cecil

Email: wececil@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Marine Conservation, Protected Areas Management, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Environmental Policy

Advisor: Brian Szuster

PhD, Azmeary Ferdoush, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Md Azmeary Ferdoush

Email: ferdoush@hawaii.edu · Ferdoush's Website

Research Interests: Enclaves, Borders, [Non]citizenship, State, Territory, Political Geography, Geopolitics, Social Theory, South Asia

Advisor: Reece Jones

Graduated, Spring 2019 - PhD, Micah Fisher, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Micah R. Fisher

Email: micahrf@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Landscapes and Livelihoods, Tenure and Customary Rights, Political Ecology, Participatory Mapping, Climate Change Adaptation, and Conflict Resolution

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

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

Rollan C. Geronimo

Email: rollan@hawaii.edu

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

PhD, Michelle Harangody, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Michelle Harangody

Email: msharan@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Participatory GIS, Political Ecology, Tourism, Marine Policy and Conservation, Climate Change Adaptation, Community-Based Ecosystem Management

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

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

Hunter Heaivilin

Email: huntersh@hawaii.edu

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

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Jacob Henry, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jacob Henry

Email: jacoblh@hawaii.edu · Henry's Website

Research Interests: Cultural & Development Geographies, Namibia/Southern Africa, De-proletarianization, Compulsory Schooling, Post-Wage Livelihoods, Rurality, Cash Grants, Volunteer Tourism

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Owen Jennings, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Owen Jennings

Email: owenaj@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Islands, Remoteness, Connectedness, Infrastructure, Internet, Transportation, Identity

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Aurora Kagawa Viviani, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Aurora Kagawa-Viviani

Email: kagawa@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Invasion and Restoration Ecohydrology in Water-Limited Landscapes, Tropical Dry Forests, Indigenous Agricultural Systems, Water Resources, ʻŌiwi STEM and Collaborative Research

Advisor: Tom Giambelluca

PhD, Kyle Kajihiro, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kyle Kajihiro

Email: kkajihir@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Geography, Political Ecology, Indigenous Geographies, Feminist Geopolitics, Militarization, Imperial formation, Social Movements

Advisor: Reece Jones

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

Dalilah Laidin

Email: dalilahn@hawaii.edu

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

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

Graduated, Spring 2018 - PhD, Kerrie Littlejohn, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kerrie Littlejohn

Email: klittlej@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Behavioral Geography, Environmental Responsible Behaviors, Norms and Values, Nature-based Tourism, Education, and Sustainable Development

Advisor: Brian Szuster

PhD, Keolohilani Lopes, Jr, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Keolohilani Lopes, Jr

Email: khlopes@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Remote Sensing, UAS, Marine Ecology, Spatial Statistics, Mesophotic Coral Reef Ecosystems

Advisor: Qi Chen

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

Borjana Lubura

Email: borjana@hawaii.edu

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

PhD, Gina McGuire, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Gina McGuire

Email: mcguire2@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Geospatial Analysis, Narrative Research, Marine Ecosystems, Indigenous Methodologies, Cultural Geography of Rural Areas, Oceania: Hawai’i, Australia & Atoll Ecosystems

Advisor: Lisa Kelley

PhD, Christopher OʻNeal, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Christopher O'Neal

Email: coneal@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Cultural Geography, Place-based Identity, Japanese and East Asian Regional Geography, Living Systems and Systems Analysis, Political Economy, Peace and Conflict

Advisor: Hong Jiang

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

Joan Pan

Email: jpan@hawaii.edu

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

Advisor: Hong Jiang

PhD, Foley Pfalzgraf, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Foley Pfalzgraf

Email: foleycp@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Cultural and Political Ecology, Feminist Geography, Resilience and Adaptation, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change, South Pacific, Vanuatu

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

PhD, Angkana Rawichutiwan, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Angkana Rawichutiwan

Email: angkana@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Development and Environment, Small-scale Fisheries, Coastal hazards, Mangrove forest, Environmental Narratives and Discourse, Thailand

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Sayaka Sakuma, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Sayaka Sakuma

Email: ss26@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Tourism, Political Ecology, Militarization, Discourse and Practice of Conservation, State, Rural-Revitalization, Okinawa

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

Graduated, Spring 2019 - PhD, Ben Schrager, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ben Schrager

Email: schrager@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Agrifood Studies, Chicken, Cultural Geography, Political Ecology, Ethical Consumption, Food Certification Strategies, Quotidian Geographies, Soccer, Area: Japan and Hawai‘i

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

PhD, Desiree Simandjuntak, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Desiree L. Simandjuntak

Email: dlsim@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Marine Policy, Fishery, Conservation and Ecology, Resource Management, Poverty and Development

Advisor: Krisna Suryanata

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

Yuko Stender

Email: ystender@hawaii.edu

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

Research Interests: Critical Geopolitics, Mobilities, Transnationalism, Geoeconomics, Globalization, and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Areas: Fiji, Oceania, China, and Xinjiang

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

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

Katie Taladay

Email:taladay@hawaii.edu · Taladay's Website · Taladay on ResearchGate

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

Advisor: Qi Chen

PhD, Han Tseng, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Han Tseng

Email: tsenghan@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Ecohydrology, Forest Environment and Ecology, Watershed Hydrology, Cloud Forest (TMCF), Tropical Ecosystems, Climate Change and Land Cover Change

Advisor: Tom Giambelluca

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

Laura Williams

Email: lauralw@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Political Ecology, Tourism, Popular Geopolitics, Cultural Studies, Nature and Society, Agro-Food Initiatives

Advisor: Mary Mostafanezhad

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

Kawēlau (Michelle) Wright

Email: kawelau.wright@hawaii.edu

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

Advisor: Reece Jones

PhD, Jinwen Xu, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jinwen Xu

Email: jinwenxu@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Geographical Information System (GIS), Social Media, Disaster, Geocomputation, Visual Analytics, Spatial Analysis

Advisor: Yi Qiang

PhD, Qian Zhang, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Qian Zhang

Email: qzhang7@hawaii.edu

Research Interests: Remote Sensing Technologies, Geographical Information System (GIS), Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Cycle, Forest Biomass

Advisor: Qi Chen