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Dr. Kevin Ash

Dr. Kevin Ash

Assistant Professor

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Affiliate Member, Florida Climate Institute

Focus Areas

Research Statement:

I am a human-environment geographer with expertise in environmental hazards topics such as vulnerability, resilience, risk communication and perception, evacuation, and disaster loss data.  My primary analysis tools are geospatial and statistical modeling, though I also have training and experience with qualitative methods. Currently, my research is primarily focused on social vulnerability, risk communication, risk perception, and decision-making for weather and climate related hazards in the southeastern USA. I look forward to expanding my research into new places and hazard types through collaborations at UF and beyond.

Recent Courses

  • GEO 4938/6938 GIS Analysis of Hazard Vulnerability, Fall 2018

  • GEO 4938/6938 Geographic Perspectives on Hazards, Spring 2019

Recent Funded Projects

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Verification of the Origin of Rotation  of Tornadoes Experiment, Southeast US (VORTEX-SE), Role: Consultant with PI  Stephen Strader (Villanova Univ.), 2017-2019, Title: Tornadoes and Mobile  Homes: An Inter-science Approach to Reducing Vulnerabilities and Improving  Capacities for the Southeast’s Most Susceptible Population.
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement, Geography  and Spatial Sciences, Role: Co-PI with PI Susan L. Cutter (Dept. of Geography,  Univ. of South Carolina); 2013-2015, Title: Beliefs, Attitudes, and Intended  Tornado Sheltering Strategies of Mobile Home Residents.

Recent Publications

Saunders, M.E., K.D. Ash, and J.M. Collins, 2018. Usefulness of the United States  National Weather Service Radar Display as Rated by Website Users, Weather,  Climate, and Society, 10(4): 673-691.

Schumann III, R.L., K.D. Ash, and G.C. Bowser, 2018. Tornado Warning Perception and  Response: Integrating the Roles of Visual Design, Demographics, and Hazard  Experience, Risk Analysis, 38(2): 311-332.

Ash, K.D., 2017. A Qualitative Study of Mobile Home Resident Perspectives on    Tornadoes and Tornado Protective Actions in South Carolina, USA, GeoJournal,  82(3): 533-552.

Cutter, S.L., K.D. Ash, and C.T. Emrich, 2016. Urban-Rural Differences in Disaster  Resilience, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(6): 1236- 1252.

Cutter, S.L., K.D. Ash, and C.T. Emrich, 2014. The Geographies of Community Disaster  Resilience. Global Environmental Change, 29:65-77.

Ash, K.D., R.L. Schumann III, and G.C. Bowser, 2014. Tornado Warning Trade-offs:  Evaluating Choices for Visually Communicating Risk. Weather, Climate, and  Society, 6(1):104-118.

Ash, K.D., S.L. Cutter, and C.T. Emrich, 2013. Acceptable Losses? The Relative Impacts  of Natural Hazards in the United States, 1980-2009. International Journal of  Disaster Risk Reduction, 5:61-72.

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Advanced Study Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research, 2017-2018
  • PhD in Geography, University of South Carolina, 2015
  • M.S. in Geography, University of Florida, 2010
  • B.S. in Geography, University of Oklahoma, 2004

Current Graduate Students


  • Christopher Williams