University of Florida Department of Geography
The Navi-Gator

So many new and exciting things have happened…
Check out our amazing new grad lab in 1215!
Come visit us in the geography office– lounge around in reclining chairs and grab some new GeoGator merch. We have T-shirts and sweatshirts for sale, along with other complementary goodies.

Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Graduate Student Awards!
* Top Published Student Research Article
* Little Family Student Fellowship Award
* John & Fawn Dunkle Award for Graduate Student Travel
* Evan Coe Award in Medical Geography
* David L. Niddrie Excellence Fund
* Anderson Award for International Travel
Submissions are due by 5 pm on November 15th via email to Crystal: with award name in the subject header [required

UF Researchers Lead future GIS Project in Ghana on Deforestation and City Growth
Funded by SERVIR!
A team from the University of Florida – including Geography’s Dr. Olivier Walther – has received funding from SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development for their Linking Deforestation, Urbanization, and Agricultural Expansion for Land-Use Decisions in Ghana project. The team will use Geospatial Information System (GIS) tools to assess deforestation, urbanization, and agricultural expansion to improve land use planning in Ghana.

Upcoming: (Dates TBA)
Dr. Robert McCleery
Dr. Roberta Mendonça De Carvalho
Dr. Robert Walker
Ryan Good
Dr. Kim Valenta (October 3rd): The Mad Dog Initiative – Identifying and Mitigating Invasive Species Threats in Madagascar
Dr. Bo Yang (October 10th): Drone Mapping for Coastal Seagrass Monitoring and Citizen Science
Dr. Danielle Jake-Schoffman (October 16th): Technology-Based Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
Dr. Michael Gavin (October 24th): The Geography and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity
Dr. Seth Cavello (October 31st): Rust Belt Renaissance? The Experience of Refugees from Burma in Buffalo, NY

Kim Valenta (October 3rd): The Mad Dog Initiative – Identifying and Mitigating Invasive Species Threats in Madagascar
Dr. Bo Yang (October 10th): Drone Mapping for Coastal Seagrass Monitoring and Citizen Science
Dr. Danielle Jake-Schoffman (October 16th): Technology-Based Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
Dr. Michael Gavin (October 24th): The Geography and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity
Dr. Seth Cavello (October 31st): Rust Belt Renaissance? The Experience of Refugees from Burma in Buffalo, NY

Where Are they now?
Our recent grads have found themselves in some interesting places!
Chia Yu (Charles) Wu, class of 2019, graduated with his Doctorate in Geography. He is currently researching River-Coastal Science and Engineering as a postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University.

Image courtesy Dr. Bo Yang

Drone Mapping for Coastal Seagrass Monitoring and Citizen Science

Speaker: Dr. Bo Yang

Citizen Science GIS, University of Central Florida

Thursday, October 10, 2019

2:50-3:50 PM (Period 8)

Turlington Hall Room 3018

University of Florida

All are welcome to attend.

High quality multi-spectral observations with fine spatial resolution and frequent temporal coverage are indispensable in seagrass monitoring and analyses. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), equipped with a multispectral sensor, affords an opportunity to improve upon satellite imagery for coastal management because of the very high spatial resolution, multispectral capability, and opportunity to collect real-time observations.

This talk will present results of our NSF seagrass drone mapping project. We performed multispectral UAV mapping fieldworks along the west coast of US. The UAV multi-spectral mapping method provided advanced information of the physical, an improved land feature delineation, and a significantly better mapping product than satellite imagery with coarser resolution (figure below). We also incorporated drone training and community outreach into the project with citizen science.

Image courtesy Mr. Abolfazl Mollalo

GIS-Based Data-Driven Techniques for Spatial Analysis of Infectious Diseases at the State, Regional, and National Levels

Speaker: Mr. Abolfazl Mollalo

PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Florida

Thursday, February 14, 2018

2:50-3:50 PM (Period 8)

Turlington Hall Room 3012

University of Florida

All are welcome to attend.


The Department of Geography at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UF Informatics Institute (UFII), invite applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruing position, at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2019. The department seeks an outstanding candidate in Spatial Networks with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis, who will complement existing strengths in the department and across campus. The department seeks dynamic, highly innovative candidates and possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to, transmission and disease spread, transportation and mobility networks, social networks, complex networks, or big data. Specific interest would be in applying complex networks to real world problems and data. The candidate will make a substantial contribution to a research program in their own area of expertise within the field of networks. This program should link with the Informatics Institute, and the department’s long-term strategic goal in growing the field of Geographical Information Science (GISc). The candidate should also strengthen one or more of the department’s other focus areas: Medical Geography in Global Health, Earth System Science, and Global Environmental and Social Change.

Primary responsibilities include high-quality research in Spatial Networks, and a 2-2 teaching assignment in the Department of Geography, particularly developing introductory and advanced courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, the candidate will be a member of UFII, whose mission is to develop and nurture integrative informatics research and education studies at the University of Florida. This institute brings together preeminent researchers that explore contemporary application areas across the university (e.g., those arising in science and medicine, the humanities, social sciences, and engineering), with UF experts developing the tools and technologies that support and complement these studies. Collaborative efforts nurtured by the UFII will yield insights into complex physical, natural, social, and engineered systems, aid decision-makers in diagnosing and treating diseases, and power the next generation of technologies that will position UF to meet emerging challenges in the coming decades. Applicants should have a strong record of research and scholarly activities within the area of Spatial Networks; experience and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching; and a proven ability to communicate effectively with students, professionals, and the general public. Additionally, potential to engage with the University of Florida’s ‘Beyond 120’ and ‘Quest’ Programs would be considered an advantage and should be addressed in the application materials, as well as links with existing units on campus – such as International Studies, Sustainability Studies, African-American Studies etc. if applicable.

The Department of Geography has 17 active faculty members, who conduct teaching and research in a broad spectrum across our four focus areas, which are Geospatial Analysis & Techniques, Medical Geography in Global Health, Earth System Science, and Global Environmental & Social Change. It offers BS/BA, MS/MA, and PhD degree tracks, including online and distance learning options for coursework. The department has two computer-lab classrooms and provides a high-speed on-line computing environment via UFAPPs, where any student and faculty can access software applications, such as ArcGIS, GeoDa, ENVI, ERDAS, MATLAB, and SPSS, from any computing device, from any location, at any time. High Performance Computing facilities are available on campus. Applicants are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the Department of Geography. The vision of the UFII is to provide support for UF Faculty to collaborate toward the creation and application of information processing and decision-making systems, which are driven by the greatest challenges facing society today, leverage next-generation computing technology and analytical methods, and provide insights that position UF as a leader in ongoing research endeavors.

The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution.


The successful candidate should possess a doctoral degree in Geography, Computer Science, Information Science or a related field prior to August 15, 2019. Candidates must use geospatial techniques in their research – such as GIS, RS and/or spatial modeling – with a substantive focus on networks.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at: and must include: (1) a letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, ongoing research directions, and interests; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) teaching/

research statement that discusses qualifications to teach courses in the stated area of expertise, and a discussion of what these courses might be; (4) a diversity statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, and service; and (5) three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin October 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Liang Mao, at

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans and individual with disabilities to apply. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD)

It’s GIS Day! Come join us at the North Entrance to Reitz Union between Noon and 4 PM!

The demands for digital geographic data analysts have been increasing in both research and practice during the 21st century. This certificate trains graduate students with a variety of analytic methods and techniques for exploring geospatial datasets, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), remotely sensed image processing, and geo-visualization. Hands-on experiences of geospatial data analysis are emphasized through lab-based applications.

This course is designed for students with no prior Geographic Information Systems experience. It involves both a weekly theoretical lecture and a computer lab session where hands-on experience of using GIS software allows you to reinforce knowledge gained during the lectures.
What you will learn:
-Basic concepts, theories, and operations in GIS;
-Hands-on experiences of mainstream GIS software;
-Ability of spatial thinking and reasoning;
-Knowledge for advanced GIS courses.