Andrea Gaughan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography & Geosciences


Research Interests
Spatial and Temporal Complexity of Coupled Human-Environment Systems
Land-Use/Land-Cover Change Dynamics
Climate Variability/Change (focus: Precipitation Dynamics) 
Remote Sensing and GIS 
Population Modeling and Spatial Statistics

Remote Sensing (GEOS 355 and 655)
Advanced Remote Sensing (GEOS 656)
Global Environment (GEOS 200)
Global Environmental Change (GEOS 360)

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. 

2015 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Global high resolution population denominators. PI: Andrew Tatem (University of Southampton), Co-I: Andrea E. Gaughan (University of Louisville), Forrest R. Stevens (University of Louisville), Greg Yetman (Columbia University). $2,321,000 for January 2016 – December 2017. Sub-contract, University of Lousiville: $440,867.

Grad Students Mentored (with thesis titles)
Jeremy Sandifer, Remotely-Sensed Heat: Variation and Change in Surface Urban Heat Islands in a Temperate Eco-region of the United States

Ariel Weaver, Land Use and Natural Resource Management in Zambezi, Namibia

Laura Krauser (co-advised), Agricultural transition and demographic shifts in Southeast Asia

Nick Kolarik (co-advised), A multi-plot assessment of vegetation structure using a micro-unmanned aerial system (UAS) in a semi-arid savanna environment

Adam King (co-advised), Underlying drivers of human mobility in Bangladesh

Philip Reed (co-advised), Gridded Populations at the Global Scale