People

Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Staff

Graduate Students

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Matthew Balentine, PhD

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator, and Geography Club Advisor 

218 Stevens Hall

256-765-4588

mdbalentine@una.edu

Nature-society interactions, social dimensions of hazards, health geography, critical GIS, electoral geography

 

Jian Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor and Experiential Learning Coordinator

224 - E Stevens Hall

jchen18@una.edu

GIS, big data analytics, environmental hazards, water resources, remote sensing
Dr. Lisa Keys-Mathews

Lisa Keys-Mathews, PhD, GISP

Professor

216 - C Stevens Hall

256-765-4640

lkeysmathews@una.edu

Environmental hazards, disaster recovery, image processing, GIS, nature and society interaction
Dr. Mario Mighty

Mario A. Mighty, PhD, GISP

Associate Professor and GIS Lab Manager 

224 - D Stevens Hall

256-765-4505

mmighty@una.edu

GIS, agriculture, sustainability, economic development, Caribbean geography, geospatial applications for developing countries
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Michael Pretes, PhD

Professor and Chair 

220 - B Stevens Hall 

256-765-4759

mjpretes@una.edu

Economic development, geography of finance, political geography, cultural geography, tourism, National Parks, Australia, Pacific Islands, North America, Arctic
Dr. Sunhui Sim

Sunhui (Sunny) Sim, PhD, GISP

 Professor and Graduate Coordinator 

224 - C Stevens Hall 

256-765-4250

ssim@una.edu

GIS, remote sensing, urban geography, geographic modeling, geographic visualization, East Asia

Dr. Bill Strong

William (Bill) R. Strong, PhD, GISP

Professor Emeritus

224 - A Stevens Hall 

256-765-4218

wrstrong@una.edu

Cultural geography, cartography, geographic education, geographic thought, Middle East, Latin America

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Jesse Lane, MS

Visiting Instructor 

224 - B Stevens Hall

256-765-4940

jmlane@una.edu 

Economic geography/economic development, geopolitics, international trade policy

Adjunct Faculty

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Mr. Jose R. Atencio, III

Adjunct Faculty

256-765-4458

jratencio@una.edu

Geography
Brad Baker

Dr. Brad Baker

Adjunct Faculty

bwbaker2@una.edu Geography
Mrs. Tama Nunnelley

Mrs. Tama Nunnelley

Adjunct Faculty

tlnunnelley@una.edu Geography
Amanda Oakley

Ms. Amanda Oakley

Adjunct Faculty

agsmith@una.edu Geography


Staff

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Mrs. Lylie Rohling

Senior Administrative Assistant

220 Stevens Hall
256-765-4246
lrrohling@una.edu

Graduate Students

John Crowell

John Crowell 

B.S. in GIS, University of North Alabama

Trinity, AL GIS, remote sensing, National Parks, historical geography, transportation geography 
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Julia Owens

B.S. in Political Science, Troy University

Trinity, AL political geography, critical geography 
Steve Osera

Stephen Osero

B.S. in Environmental Science, Kenyatta University

Nyamira, Kenya climate change and precision agriculture, GIS, and remote sensing
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Ashlee Romer

B.S. in Criminal Justice, University of North Alabama

Nassau, Bahamas GIS, environmental
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Karli Hill 

B.S. in Biology, University of North Alabama

Tupelo, MS medical geography, GIS 
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Paul Gilliland

B.S., M.S. in Forestry, Mississippi State University

Corinth, MS GIS and remote sensing in natural resource managment, enviornmental hazards, land use change 
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Cooper Johnson

B.S. in Geography, University of North Alabama

Birmingham, AL  environmental hazards, disaster relief, National Parks, environmental conservation 
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 Taylor Carter 

B.S. in Geography and Political Science, Concord University

 

 

Lewisburg, WV political geography 
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William Bridges

B.A. in Geography, University of Alabama

Dothan, AL agricultural geography, geography of crime
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Jared Tonder

B.S. in Geospatial Sciences, Air Force Academy

Parachute, CO  national parks, land utilization 
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Carol Samuelson 

B.S. in GIS, University of North Alabama

UNA Accelerated Masters Program

Keweenaw Bay, MI  GIS, remote sensing, natural disasters, historical geography, sustainability 
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Evan Jones

B.A. in Geosciences, Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA GIS, petroleum GIS, remote sensing 
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Adrian Rene Flores Garcia

Universidad Tecnologica, B.S. Centroamericana (UNITEC)Telecommunications Engineering

 Tegucigalpa, Honduras  GIS programming and GIS/GPS applications 
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Hunter Carlton 

B.S. in Geography, University of North Alabama

Hamilton, AL Environmental GIS, natural resource management 
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Ryan Sims

B.S. in Geography, Mississippi State University

Winfield, AL Volunteered Geographic Information, GIS 
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Greylan Becraft 

B.S. in Environmental Biology, University of North Alabama

Dallas, TX Biogeography, animal behavioral ecology, nature-society interactions