Dr. Ryan Engstrom (Director)

Dr. Ryan Engstrom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at George Washington University where he is the Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Research (CUER) and the Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL). Dr. Engstrom earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the joint program between San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005 prior to arriving at George Washington University. His research interests are in using geospatial techniques including remote sensing, modeling, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to understand spatial variations in a wide array of issues. He has worked on projects focusing on climate change, health, and population in a range of geographic areas including the Arctic, Africa, Asia, and Washington, DC. He has published a number of research articles in a wide array of journals including: Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Pediatrics, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Physical Geography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Annals of GIS, Biogeosciences, Global Change Biology, and Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. He has been funded by and collaborated with a wide range of institutions including NASA, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, World Bank, Children’s National Medical Center, and the Ford Foundation. In addition to his work at George Washington University, Dr. Engstrom consulted with the United States Census Bureau from 2006 until 2011 working on distributing census population data at high spatial resolutions using multi-scale, optical remotely sensed data in Haiti, Pakistan, and Rwanda.

Dr. Nikolay Shiklomanov (Associate Director)

Dr. Nikolay Shiklomanov’s main area of research is the response of the Arctic environment to climatic variability and change. He is also interested in Geomorphology, history of Arctic research, and socio-economic problems associated with development in Arctic regions. Dr. Shiklomanov’s educational background includes a BS in physics from Leningrad (St. Petersburg) University, Russia, a master’s in physical geography from SUNY-Albany, and a Ph.D. in climatology from the University of Delaware. For the last 9 years he held a research associate position at the University of Delaware’s Geography Department where he was actively involved in permafrost and climate research. His NSF- and NASA-sponsored projects include both field-based investigations in northern Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, and China and simulation studies at regional and circumarctic scales.

He strongly believes in international collaboration between scientists in all aspect of Arctic research through development of joint projects and of promoting international scientific exchange (including students). Native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Dr. Shiklomanov maintains close personal and professional ties with his home country.  In the course of his research he has developed productive relationships with scientists from a wide range of Russian research and Educational institutions.

Dr. Shiklomanov plans to continue and expand his Arctic research at GW and hopes for broad involvement of GW geography students in his field-based and analytical investigations.

Dr. Michael Mann (Director of Special Projects)

Dr. Michael Mann is an Assistant Professor of Geography at The George Washington University.   Here he teaches classes on GIS, Python programming, and spatial modeling.  His research has focused on the application of spatial data and econometric techniques to forecasting of human/natural systems interactions.  This has included modeling the economic determinants of deforestation in Brazil, forecasting housing development in California and economic losses due to wildfire, and agricultural modeling in Ethiopia and India.  He also has interests in remote sensing, high-performance computing, data visualization, and web mapping.  Michael received his PhD in Geography and an MA in Environmental and Policy Modeling at Boston University and completed postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley.

Richard Hinton (Manager)

Richard Hinton is the manager of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) at the GW Department of Geography.  Mr. Hinton also manages day-to-day operations for the Center for Urban & Environmental Research (CUER), the geospatial research arm of the Geography Department.  This involves managing the technical/statistical components GIS research projects for the Department under the Director of CUER. Collaborators include other GW departments, and organizations such as the World Bank, and Children’s Hospital.  Mr. Hinton has successfully worked as a cartographer and GIS Specialist in both the public and private sectors over the past 18 years.