Graduate Students

Tanzina Afrin PhotoTanzina Afrin - PhD Student
tafrin1@lsu.edu
B.S. Military Institute of Science and Technology, Bangladesh
M.S. IHE, the Netherlands
M.S. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Kory Konsoer
River Dynamics, Sediment Transport, Hydrodynamics, Hydrology

Ashley AllenAshley L. Allen - PhD Student
aale78@lsu.edu
B.A. Oklahoma State University 
M.A. University of Wyoming
Advisor: Dr. Dydia DeLyser
Cultural geography, landscape, memory, identity, folklore, united states, narrative
and rural communities

Alexandria AmakiAlexandria Amaki - MA Student
B.A. CSU Chico
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic anthropology, osteology, ancestry

Ashlee AutoreAshlee Autore - MS Student
aautor1@lsu.edu
B.S. Meteorology & Climatology, University of Delaware
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Meteorology, climatology, climate extremes, teleconnections

Kathleen BenedettoKathleen Benedetto - PhD Student
kbened3@lsu.edu
B.S. Psychology, LSU
M.S.W., Tulane University
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
Extreme climate events, hurricanes

Krista BennetKrista Bennett - MA Student
kbenn32@lsu.edu
B.A. Psychology, B.A. Anthropology, University of North Texas
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic Anthropology, Skeletal Trauma, Osteology

Rupsa BhowmickRupsa Bhowmick - PhD Student
B.S. University of Calcutta
M.S. University of Calcutta
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
Climatology, applied climatology, extreme climatic events, remote sensing and GIS

Kyle BikowskiKyle Bikowski - MA Student
Kbikow1@lsu.edu
B.A. Anthropology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
B.A. International Studies, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Advisor: Dr. Micha Rahder
Sociocultural Anthropology, Gaymers and Gayming, Science and Technology Studies, Cyborg Anthropology, Virtual Spaces, Nerd Culture, LGBTQ+ Studies

Charles CananCharles Canan - PhD Student
ccanan1@lsu.edu
A.S. Emergency Medical Services, Nicholls State University
B.S. Allied Health - Professional Practice, Nicholls State University 
M.S. Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Arkansas Tech University 
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Disaster sciences; interests include physical geography, hydrology, and geomorphology

Adam CoxAdam Cox - MS Student
acox42@lsu.edu
B.A. Lawrence University
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Historic maps, web GIS, open source GIS software development, Louisiana history

Elizabeth CruzadoElizabeth Cruzado Carranza - PhD Student
ecruza1@lsu.edu
B.A. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
M.A. University of Memphis
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Andean archaeology, mortuary practices, archaeobotany, public archaeology, site preservation, museum studies, identity, cultural heritage

Juliana DelgadoJuliana Delgado - MS Student
jdelga8@lsu.edu
B.A. Escuela Superior de Administración Pública, Colombia
M.A. Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Human Geography, Local and Regional Development, Urban and Rural Planning, Land Use, Forest Policies, Rural Communities, GIS, Colombia, Latin America

Audrey DeLuca Audrey DeLuca - MA Student
adodge2@lsu.edu
B.A. Anthropology and History, University of Alabama
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Bioarchaeology, Historical Archaeology, Gender Studies, Mortuary Practices

Adam Dohrenwend Adam S. Dohrenwend - PhD Student
adohre2@lsu.edu
B.A. Geography, SUNY Geneseo
M.A. Geography, University of Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
South America, political ecology, geographies of consumption, agriculture, globalization

Kevin Durbin Kevin Durbin - PhD Student
B.S. Louisiana State University
M.S. Georgia Tech
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Urban and transportation geography, land use patterns and policy, public policy and administration, GIS, urban scenario modeling

Katherine Elder Katherine Elder - MA Student
B.A. Anthropology and French
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensics and Bioarchaeology

Monica Fenton Monica Fenton - MA Student
mfento1@lsu.edu
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Archaeology, the Andes, Lower Central America, gender, queerness, bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, mortuary practices

Blaine Fisher Blaine Fisher - PhD Student
bfish23@lsu.edu
B.S. Southeastern Louisiana University 
M.S. University of New Orleans
M.L.A. Tulane University
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Impact of Manmade and Natural Disasters on Ancient Societies, The Terminal Classic Maya Collapse, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeological Research,  Evolution of Archaeology into the Digital Space, Geographical and Environmental Impacts on Ancient Societies,
Ancient Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Conner Flynt Conner Flynt - MA Student
cflynt3@lsu.edu
B.A. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop 
Maya Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, Ancient History, Maya Epigraphy

Cheryl Foster Cheryl M Foster - PhD Student
cfost34@lsu.edu
B.A. University of Central Florida
M.A. University of Central Florida
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Maya Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, Paleoethnobotany, Geology, Herbalism, Environmental Archaeology

Kelsey Fox Kelsey Fox - MA Student
kfox26@lsu.edu
B.S. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
Forensic Anthropology

Margaret Furtner Margaret Furtner - MA Student
mfurtn1@lsu.edu
B.A. DePauw University
Advisor: Dr. Juliet Brophy
Paleoanthropology, Osteology, Dental Anthropology

Madeline Fussell Madeline Fussell - MA Student 
mfusse4@lsu.edu
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
New Orleans, race, clothing and physical adornment, housing, public policy

Christopher Goden Christopher Goden - MA Student
B.S. Anthropology, Kennesaw State University 
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic anthropology and skeletal variation

Melinda Gonzalez Melinda González - PhD Student
B.A. Barnard College of Columbia University 
M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick
Advisor: Dr. Micha Rahder
Socio-cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, environmental anthropology, music as resistance, language and culture, food studies, land rights, indigenous rights, Latin America and the Caribbean

SK Groll SK Groll - PhD Student
sgroll1@lsu.edu
B.A. Case Western Reserve University
M.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Mary Jill Brody
Sociocultural and public anthropology, ethnography of social movements, political economy, geography of resistance, politics of education, medical anthropology, body ideals, gender, sexual health, adolescent cultures

Ya Han Ya Han - PhD Student
B.S. Geography, Peking University 
M.S. Geography, Peking University
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
GIS, urban planning, climate change

Kenetha Harrington Kenetha Harrington - PhD Student
khar151@lsu.edu
M.A. St. Xavier University
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Jackson, Dr. Helen Regis
African diaspora archaeology, historical archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, slavery in America, black culture, space, ethnohistory, and identity

Juana Ibanez Juana Ibáñez - PhD Student
B.A. University of New Orleans
M.A. University of Texas-Austin
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson and Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Adaptations of the Marksville culture (2000 BP) between the Mississippi delta and Gulf Coast

Liam Johnson Liam Johnson - MA Student
ljoh251@lsu.edu
B.S. University of South Florida
Advisor: Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic Anthropology, Taphonomy, Bioarchaeology, GIS, and 3D Technologies

Marisa Karpinski Marisa Karpinski - MS Student
mkarpi1@lsu.edu
B.S. University of Delaware
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Tropical climatology, hurricanes, climate communication, risk perception

Mat Keel Mat Keel - PhD Student
mkeel6@lsu.edu
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson
Political ontology, political ecology, decoloniality, plant neurobiology, African plant diaspora, Brazil

Brandy Kerr Brandy Kerr - MA Student
bkerr6@lsu.edu
B.A. Anthropology, Louisiana State University
B.A. Spanish, Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Prehistoric Plaquemines culture in southeast Louisiana

Hyunjoong Kim Hyunjoong Kim - PhD Student
hkim57@lsu.edu
B.S. Anyang University, South Korea
M.S. Anyang University, South Korea
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Simulation Model, Spatial Disparity, Spatial Statistical Analysis Method

Natalie King Natalie King - MA Student
nhosch2@lsu.edu
B.S. University of Southern Mississippi
Advisor:  Dr. Ginesse Listi
Forensic Anthropology, Skeletal Trauma, Forensic Identification, Biological Profile Analysis, 3D Technologies 

Tawa Lasisi Tawakalitu Lasisi - MA Student
tlasis2@lsu.edu
B.A. University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Advisor:  Dr. Mary Jill Brody 
Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Ethnography, Oral History

Jiyoung Lee Jiyoung Lee - PhD Student
jlee257@lsu.edu
B.A. Sungshin Women's University
M.A. Sungshin Women's University
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
GIS, Geo visualization, Interactive map, Geospatial big data analysis, Remote Sensing

Liang Yuan Liang - MS Student
ylian17@lsu.edu
B.S. Ludong University

Hollie Lincoln Hollie Lincoln - PhD Student
hlinco1@lsu.edu
B.A. Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Duluth
M.S. Cultural Resource Management Archaeology, St. Cloud State University
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Maya Archaeology, Lithic Resources, GIS, Cartography, Spatial Relationships, Social Organization

Shuxian Liu Shuxian Liu - MS Student
sliu52@lsu.edu
B.S. Sun Yat-Sun University
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Geo-information extraction, RS/GIS application in urban study, Spatial statistic analysis, Natural Disaster in Coastal area

Kaitlyn Lowrance Kaitlyn Lowrance - MA Student
klowra1@lsu.edu
B.A. University of North Carolina Wilmington
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Andean archaeology, trade and cultural interactions, public archaeology, Spanish colonization in the southeastern United States

Irene Marti-Gil Irene Martí-Gil - PhD Student
B.A. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 
M.A. University College London
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Islamic archaeology, archaeology of Spanish missions, linguistic anthropology

Bienvenu Massamba Bienvenu Sedin Massamba - MS Student
bmassa1@lsu.edu
B.S. Alexandria University, Egypt
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Remote Sensing, GIS, Deep learning & Computer Vision Applications to RS, LiDAR, SAR & Hyperspectral data, Geospatial Data Analytics

Christopher McCurley Christopher McCurley - MS Student
B.A. Vanderbilt University
M.C.J. Tarleton State University
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson
Cultural geography, historical geography, mobility, ethnographic methods, GIS

Brant Mitchell Brant Mitchell - PhD Student
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim

Margeaux Murray Margeaux Murray - MA Student
mmurr35@lsu.edu
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Plaquemine/Mississippian culture, Southeast US, Contact archaeology, Historical archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Public Outreach

Ria Mukerji Ria Mukerji - MS Student
rmuker1@lsu.edu
B.A. Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
Human-environment interaction, community resilience, sea-level rise and floods, human geography, climate change adaptation

Christopher Nicosia Christopher Nicosia - PhD Student
cnicos2@lsu.edu
B.A. Suny Oneonta
M.S. Illinois State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Bioarchaeology, Skeletal Biology, Social Landscapes (i.e., Social Identity, Gender), Paleopathology, Mortuary Patterning, Diet

lsu Moses Okonkwo - MS Student
mokonk1@lsu.edu 
B.S. Obafemi Awolowo University

Olumide Omotere Olumide Omotere - PhD Student
oomote1@lsu.edu
B.S. Obafemi Awolowo University
M.S. University North Texas
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang 
Hydrology, Soil Moisture Dynamic, Remote sensing, GIS, Data Analytics

Jessi Parfait Jessi R. Parfait - MA Student
jparfa6@lsu.edu
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Environmental anthropology, GIS, ethnographic methods, southeast Native Americans, environmental racism

lsu Roysean Philson - MS Student
rphils2@lsu.edu
B.A. College of Charleston

Alina Prigozhina Alina Prigozhina - MS Student
palina1@lsu.edu
B.S. Moscow State University, Russia
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
Medical geography, factors affecting diseases spreading, HIV/AIDS geography, diseases dependent on social factors, geography of crime, GIS applications in business and government

Michel Pujazon Michel F. Pujazón - MA, MS Student
mpujazon1@lsu.edu
B.A. University of Florida
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Spectroscopy, artifact sourcing, GIS, sacred landscapes, human-environment interaction

Puka Melanie Puka - PhD Student
ptagim1@lsu.edu
B.A. Development Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
L.L.B. Victoria University of Wellington
M.S. Development Studies Victoria University of Wellington
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Oceania, diaspora, cultural geography, identities

Xiaolei Qiu Xiaolei Qiu - MA Student
xqiu5@lsu.edu
B.L. Shanghai University of Political Science and Law
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Cuba, Revolution, Post-socialism, Space and tourism, Political propaganda, Social culture, Latin America

Taylor Rowley Taylor Rowley - PhD Student
B.S. University of Oklahoma
M.S. Texas AM University
Advisor: Dr. Kory Konsoer
Fluvial Geomorphology, Hydrology, Water Resources

Nan Shang Nan Shang - PhD Student
nshang1@lsu.edu
B.S. Wuhan University
M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Shelly Meng
UAV, remote sensing and GIS application, 3D topographic mapping

Sumaiya Siddique Sumaiya Siddique - PhD Student
ssiddi7@lsu.edu
B.S. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
M.S. Geography, Auburn University, Alabama
Advisor:  Dr. Kory Konsoer
River erosion assessment, flood hazard modeling, climatic hazards, GIS and remote sensing

Deirdre Smith Deirdre C. Smith - PhD Student
B.S. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
Latin America, Louisiana Gulf Coast, climatology, hurricanes, lightning, extreme weather, human-environment interactions

Samira Soleimani photo Samira Soleimani - PhD Student
ssolei1@lsu.edu
B.S. Iran University of Technology
M.S. K. N. Toosi University of Technology
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
Spatial Statistics, Spatial Prediction Models, Machie Learning, Traffic Safety Data Modeling, Analysis and Visualization

Brett Spencer Brett Spencer - PhD Student
bspen13@lsu.edu
B.A. Kent State
M.A. University of New Orleans
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Historical geography of the Mosquitia (Honduras and Nicaragua), indigenous activism, urban geography, Central American Caribbean

Michael Stein Michael Stein - MS Student
mstei23@lsu.edu
B.A. Louisiana State University 
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
GIS, Urban Geography

Kenny Sutherland Kenny Sutherland - PhD Student
ksuthe3@lsu.edu
B.S. and B.A Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Digital imaging, GIS, remote sensing, human-environment interactions, foodways, festivals, religion, material culture, east Asia, Andes

Andreana Tarleton Andreana Tarleton - MA Student
atarle5@lsu.edu
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Marie Jackson
Criminal justice system, black womanhood, cyber activist culture, critical race feminism

Ashlee Taylor Ashlee Taylor - MA Student
atay159@lsu.edu
B.A California State University, Chico
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Historical Archaeology, Contact Period, GIS, Data Management

Derek Thompson Derek Thompson - PhD Student
B.S. Western Kentucky University
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Meteorology, climatology, applied climatology, remote sensing, GIS, teleconnections, history

Dan Tian Dan Tian - PhD Student
dtian2@lsu.edu
B.S. Sun Yat-sen University
M.S. University of Bristol
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
GIS, remote sensing, flooding, natural hazards and risk assessment

Kenneth Tremblay Kenneth Tremblay - MA Student
ktremb1@lsu.edu
B.A. Eckerd College
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Bioarchaeology, osteology, paleopathology, dental anthropology, zooarchaeology

Clay Tucker Clay Tucker - PhD Student
M.S. and B.S. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Jill Trepanier
Dendroclimatology, climatic geomorphology, paleotempestology,hurricane impacts on the Louisiana Gulf Coast

April Walton April Walton - MA Student
awalt42@lsu.edu
B.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Osteology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology

Jacob Warner Jacob Warner - PhD Student
jwarn11@lsu.edu
B.A. Louisiana State University
M.A. Louisiana State University
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine, Dr. Kristine DeLong
Peruvian archaeology, paleoclimate reconstruction, El Niño-Southern oscillation, human-environment interaction

Yue Wu Yue Wu - PhD Student
ywu48@lsu.edu
B.S. Southwest Forestry University
M.S. Binghamton University
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Spatial analysis, remote sensing in urban area, crime GIS, human-environment interaction

Lirong Yin Lirong Yin - MS Student
B.S. University of Iowa
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang 
Human and environment interaction, GIS

Zeliu Zheng Zeliu Zheng - PhD Student
B.S. University of Washington, Seattle
M.S. Binghamton University, SUNY
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Urban planning, public policy, GIS