People

IGISc affiliates conduct a range of geospatial research, and maintain software and lab resources for the Department of Geography and Environment and the broader San Francisco State University and California State University (CSU) GIS community.

Anna Studwell

Anna Studwell at Ano Nuevo
GIS Site License Administrator / Research Associate
Education: B.A. Biology and French (Wellesley College), M.A. Geography (SFSU)
Email: gis@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415.338.6140
Website: CSU GIS Specialty Center
Biography:

Anna Studwell is the California State University GIS Specialty Center Administrator and is responsible for administering GIS licensing for the CSU system. Her interests include marine geospatial planning, conservation, and birds among other wildlife. Her master’s thesis uses a combination of GIS, species distribution modeling, risk assessment, and conservation prioritization tools to identify critical seabird foraging areas for conservation efforts.

Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis
Director
Education: Ph.D. (U. of Georgia)
Email: jerry@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415.338.2983
Website: Jerry Davis
Biography:

Jerry Davis is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment as well as the Director of the California State University GIS Specialty Center. He specializes in geomorphology, soils, field methods, and geographic information systems. Jerry developed the GIS curriculum at SFSU and his current research interests focus on karst geomorphic processes and the use of computers and GIS for field data collection and processing.

Aiko Weverka

Aiko Weverka
Associate Director
Education: M.S. Natural Resources (U. of Vermont)
Email: aiko@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415.338.3566
Website: IGISc
Biography:

Aiko Weverka is the Associate Director for the Institute for Geographic Information Science, and is responsible for administering the GIS laboratory, the SFSU GIS Certificate Program, and research projects associated with the IGISc.  She has a background in conservation GIS and remote sensing of forest and wetland ecosystems.

Leo Blesius

Leo Blesius
Research Associate
Education: Ph.D. Geography (U. of Iowa)
Email: lblesius@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415.405.2144
Website: Leonhard Blesius
Biography:

Leonhard Blesius's research interests can be broadly divided into environmental systems analysis, in particular fluvial geomorphology and natural hazards, as well as remote sensing and its application to regions where few ancillary data are available. His focus in geomorphology is primarily related to fluvial systems in high-energy environments, specifically landslide susceptibility mapping. He approaches this problem from several angles, but an important component is the combination of engineering methods and remote sensing technology. Currently he is employing the infinite slope method, but other techniques may provide a potentially fruitful pursuit of further research. Due to his work in Southern California, he has become interested in fire dynamics, and how this affects the initiation of debris flows as well as the question of changes in friction angle and cohesion in soils due to fire.

Andrew Oliphant

Andrew Oliphant
Research Associate
Education: Ph.D. Geography (U. of Canterbury, New Zealand)
Email: andrewo@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415.405.2143
Website: Andrew Oliphant
Biography:

Andrew Oliphant is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. His research interests are in bioclimatology and micrometeorology. His geospatial interests include surface radiation budget modeling, ecosystem canopy radiation modeling, cloud, aerosol and fog mapping and microclimate variability of San Francisco.

Ellen Hines

Ellen Hines
Research Associate
Education: Ph.D. Geography (U. of Victoria)
Email: ehines@sfsu.edu
Phone: 415.338.1482
Website: Marine & Coastal Conservation and Spatial Planning Lab, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
Biography:

Ellen Hines teaches environmental, marine, and coastal GIS at San Francisco State University. Her research on marine mammals includes studies on dugongs in southern Thailand, coastal marine mammals in the eastern Gulf of Thailand, gray whales in British Columbia, and harbor seals in San Francisco Bay. Her research interests include the integrated use of GIS and remote sensing in delineation of marine mammal habitat, issues of conservation in small-scale fisheries, and the development of research protocols for marine mammals in developing countries.