Andrea Gaughan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography & Geosciences


Research Interests
Human-environment interactions
Land system science
Human population modeling
Climate variability/change
Remote sensing
Geospatial analysis

Unmanned Aerial System Technologies (GEOG 390)
Global Environment (GEOS 200)
Global Environmental Change (GEOS 360)
Remote Sensing (GEOS 355 and 655)
Advanced Remote Sensing (GEOS 656)

External funding/Current Projects
2018 NSF EarthScope. PI: Jafar Hadizadeh (University of Louisville), Co-PI: Joseph White (University of New Brunswick), Andrea Gaughan (University of Louisville). Learning from core samples outside the SAFOD active creep zones: A study of microstructural processes leading to current and past aseismic creep in Central San Andreas Fault. $322,000 for September 2018 – August 2020.

2018 NASA GEO. PI: Robert Chen (Columbia University), Co-PI: Andrea Gaughan, Forrest Stevens (University of Louisville), Charles Huyck (ImageCAT). Population and Infrastructure on Our Human Planet: Supporting Sustainable Development through Improved Spatial Data and Models for Human Settlements, Infrastructure, and Population Distribution Based on Earth Observations. Sub-contract, University of Louisville, $95,000 for January – December 2020.

2018 NASA ROSES. PI: Son Nghiem (NASA JPL), California Institute of Technology. Co-I: Andrea Gaughan, Forrest Stevens (University of Louisville). Land Use Status, Change and Impacts in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. September 2017 – August 2020. Sub-contract, University of Louisville $202,491 for May 2018 – April 2021.

2018 Facebook’s Research Academic Relations Program. PI: Andrea Gaughan and Forrest Stevens. Population distribution modeling. May 2018. $60,000.

2016 National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Science (GSS): Change and Adaptation in Southern Africa: Climate and Land Systems Dynamics of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. PI: Andrea Gaughan, Co-PI: Narcisa G. Pricope, Forrest Stevens, and Joel Hartter. $325,000 for May 2016 – April 2019. 

Grad Students Mentored (with thesis titles)

Ariel Weaver, Land Use and Natural Resource Management in Zambezi, Namibia (Fulbright Scholar)

Laura Krauser (co-advised with Stevens, F.R.), Land Cover Change and Demographic Shifts in Southeast Asia

Aaron Sexton, Inter- and Intra-annual Variability for the Onset of the Rainy Season in KAZA


Nick Kolarik (co-advised with Stevens, F.R.), A multi-plot assessment using a micro-unmanned aerial system (UAS) in a semiarid environment (2019).

Fennis (Philip) Reed (co-advised with Stevens, F.R.), Adaptations of Dasymetric Process within WorldPop Distribution Estimates (2018)

Jeremy Sandifer, Remotely-Sensed Heat: Variation and Change in Surface Urban Heat Islands in a Temperate Eco-region of the United States (2017)

Fernando Caixeta, Evaluation of MESMA applied to multispectral images for mapping land cover in southern Africa’s savanna (2016)

Jeremiah Nieves (co-advised with Stevens, F.R.), Global Population Distributions and the Built Environment: Deriving a Reduced Covariate Set for Spatial Population Modeling (2016)