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Department of Geography College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Meet Us


Pedro Garcia, ASC II

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Full-time Instructors

Jasmine Arpagian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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  • Office Hours: TUE/THUR 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm.

Bruce Gervais, Ph.D.


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  • Office Hours: MON/WED 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, THU 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm.
  • Specialty & Interests: Biogeography; Climatology; Paleocology; Sustainability

Caroline Keegan, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

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  • Office Hours: TUE 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM; WED 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.
  • Specialty & Interests: Labor, Political Ecology, Race and Migration, Engaged Research, Feminist Qualitative Methods

Anna Klimaszewski-Patterson, Ph.D.

Assoc Prof & Geospatial Centroid Director

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  • Office Hours: TUE/THUR 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm & by Appointment
  • Specialty & Interests: Paleoecology; Paleolandscape Modeling; Geovisualization; Augmented/Virtual Reality and Internet of Things (IoT); GIScience; Applied Geography

Tom Krabacher, Ph.D.


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  • Office Hours: MON & WED 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM; THUR 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM or by appt
  • Specialty & Interests: Cultural Ecology; Economic Development; Climate; Environmental History

Hanieh Molana, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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  • Office Hours: WED 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, or by Appointment.
  • Specialty & Interests: Cultural geography; Geography of the Middle East; Feminist Geography; Urban Geography; Qualitative Methods

Patrick Oberle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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  • Office Hours: TUE/THU 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM; or by Appointment
  • Specialty & Interests: Urban Geography; GIScience; Participatory GIS; Historical Geography; Post-industrial Cities; North America

Erica Orcutt, PhD

Assistant Professor

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  • Office Hours: MON 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm; THU 3:00 p, - 4:30 pm. or by Appointmeny
  • Specialty & Interests: Specialty & Interests: Biogeography; Remote Sensing; Natural Resources; Climate; GIScience; Vegetation Dynamics

Miles Roberts, Ph.D.


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  • Office Hours: MON 2:20 pm - 3450 pm
  • Specialty & Interests: Remote Sensing; GIS; Ecology; Spatial Statistics

Mathew Schmidtlein, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Professor

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  • Office Hours: TUE/THU 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm.
  • Specialty & Interests: Environmental Hazards and Vulnerability; GIScience; Human Geography; Public Health

James Wanket, Ph.D.


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  • Office Hours: TUE 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, WED 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm; or by arrangement
  • Specialty & Interests: Quaternary Studies; Climate; Geomorphology; Field Methods; California

Part-time Instructors

Emily Bukowski Ph.D.

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  • Office Hours: TUE/THU 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jennifer Kusler

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Laura McGowan Ph.D.

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  • Office Hours: MON/WED 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm; by Appointment (Must Email in Advance for Meeting Room)

Marius Petraru Ph.D.

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  • Office Hours: MON/WED/FRI 11:00 am - 11:50 am/ Zoom / Meet Me

Matt Rosenberg

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  • Office Hours: WED 2:00 - 3:00, Via Zoom

João Santos Ph.D.

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  • Office Hours: THUR 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Jane Slavensky

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  • Office Hours: FRI 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Kimberly Walton

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  • Office Hours: MON 8:00 am - 8:45 am, by Appointment.

Emeritus Faculty

Robin Datel Ph.D.


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  • Specialty & Interests: Geography of the Sacramento Region; Historic Preservation; Urban Historical Geography; Europe

Marsha Dillon Ph.D.


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  • Location: Amador 552D
  • Specialty & Interests: Natural Resources; Population Change; United States & Canada; California

Robert Richardson Ph.D.


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  • Specialty & Interests: Digital cartography, climate change, off-grid solar power, biofuels

Michael Schmandt Ph.D.


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  • Specialty & Interests: Urban Planning; Geographic Techniques; Food; Applied Geography; Transportation Patterns; California Central Valley; Field Geography
Total Members: 24