Dr. Kevin Ash
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Affiliate Member, Florida Climate Institute
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.
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.
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.
- 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