Dr. Nicholas R. Magliocca
Leadership Board Fellow, College of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
My broad research interests are in human-environmental interactions and land-use change. Specifically, I am interested in how people make land-use decisions, how those decisions modify the functioning of natural systems, and how those modifications feedback on human well-being, livelihoods, and subsequent land-use decisions. All of my research begins with a complex systems background with the aim of understanding the dynamics of human-environment interactions and their consequences for environmental and economic sustainability. Agent-based modeling is my primary tool of choice to understand human-environment interactions, but I also frequently use other land change modeling approaches (e.g., cellular automata, system dynamics, econometrics), spatial statistics, and GIS. I also have expertise in synthesis methods (e.g., meta-analysis) for bringing together leveraging disparate forms of social and environmental data to understand how specific cases (i.e., local) of land-use change contribute to and/or differ from broader-scale (i.e. regional or global) patterns of human-environment interactions and land change outcomes.
In my (infinite) spare time, I hangout with my wife and young sons, am an avid fisherman, love to cook, and will play (or watch) just about any sport.
Here is my CV.
Geography Ph.D. Student (affiliated researcher with the lab since Fall 2018)
My broad research interests are in human-environment interactions and operations research. Specifically, I am interested in hazard vulnerability and resilience, facilities location science, and the geography of crime. My research focuses on examining how the socioecological nature of spaces differentially influences societal outcomes and modeling the spatial and social implications of changes to the environment. I primarily use quantitative methods (e.g., spatial optimization, spatial statistics) and GIS, but I also have experience in qualitative survey research. Prior to joining the University of Alabama, I completed my BS in Geosciences at Virginia Tech and my MS in Geography at the University of Southern Mississippi. My research to date has centered on applications in community corrections, counterdrug interdiction, and emergency management operations. For my dissertation research, I am modeling the spatiotemporal impacts of extreme events to crime, victimization, and protective resource allocation.
Geography Ph.D. Student (joined the lab in Spring 2021)
Broadly my research interests are in the field of environmental social sciences; specifically, I’m interested in studying human-environmental interactions. I would like my research work to contribute towards our understanding of what a more sustainable world can look like and how to ACTUALLY get there. Moreover, my research interests include understanding adoption of conservation practices, evaluation of sustainable practices, participatory natural resource management, social impact assessment, among others. I have good experience with projects involving qualitative and/or mixed-mode methodologies. I have designed both survey questionnaires and interview transcripts for my projects and have conducted online surveys, personal interviews and focus group discussions as well. I also have basic knowledge of softwares like R (statistical tool) and ArcGIS. For my dissertation research here at UA, I plan to focus on understanding farmers’ decision-making processes related to crop choice and adoption of irrigation in Alabama.
If not working, I like to spend my free time reading books (~love fiction), knitting or binge-watching some tv series. I’m also into photography and spend most of the time exploring different photo editing apps on my phone/laptop.
Geography Ph.D. Student (joined the lab in Fall 2021)
My research interests are primarily in the fields of practical GIS and environmental protection and conservation. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the many new ways that GIS technology give geographers to create broadly applicable conservation strategies that can be implemented by local and national governments. My current research is focused on tracking and projection deforestation in preserved lands in Honduras as related to the extension of narco-trafficking illicit agriculture in the region, as well as creating counterfactual models of the region to show how much of an impact said illicit agriculture has had on the nature preserve.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing (almost done with my first novel), hiking with my dog, and losing games of Dota2
Geography Ph.D. Student (joined the lab in Spring 2022)
My research interests are particularly in the field of GIS and urban traffic dynamics. I’m interested in exploring the dynamics of human-environment interactions to understand and model the spatial and environmental changes. My primary focus is to examine the implications of illicit supply network response to interdictions. I completed my MS in Geographic Information Engineering at Wuhan University, China. I worked at LIESMARS, Wuhan University for 2 years on analyzing urban dynamics using microwave remote sensing.
In my free time, I play Cricket, Baseball, cook sub-continental food, watch movies(sci-fi), travel, meet new people and learn new culture.
Geography Ph.D. Student (joined the lab in Fall 2023)
I love to explore the application of GIS tools in different aspects of our Environment. I have worked on Spatiotemporal urban land cover and land surface temperature change, forest vulnerability, ecosystem service valuation of urban green and blue spaces, and weather prediction. Currently, I am working to integrate GIS, machine learning, and other data analysis tools to better comprehend environmental change. I completed my BSc from Noakhali Science and Technology University.
During my free time, I prefer to do nothing. However, I usually ended up reading books, watching movies, or listening to podcasts.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Geography B.S. Student (joined the lab in Summer 2022)
I am am an undergraduate student studying Remote Sensing and Environmental Policy through New College. My primary areas of interest lie in land use land cover change, GIS, political ecology, and water body conservation . In my current research, I am delving into how Narco trafficking routes impact deforestation patterns throughout South and Central America, with a specific focus on coastal trade networks. I hope to gain a better understanding of how global power structures influence LULCC, especially through illicit networks of capital in the Global South.
Outside of my research, I enjoy hiking, photography, watching movies, cooking, and stargazing!
Dr. Quy Van Khuc
Postdoctoral Research Associate (2018-2019)
Current position: Faculty in Economics and Finance, Phenikaa University, Yen Nghia, Ha Dong, Hanoi, Hanoi, Hanoi, VIET NAM.
M.S. Geography (2017-2019)
Thesis title: "Land-Use Land-Cover Change and the Effects on Hydrology of the North River Basin, Alabama"
Current position: GIS Analyst, City of Tuscaloosa
M.S. Geography (2018-2020)
Thesis title: "Social-ecological systems of sheep ranching, recreation, and large carnivores on multiple-use U.S. public lands"
Current position: Social Scientist with United States Geological Survey, Fort Collins, Colorado
B.S. Student (2019-2021)
B.S. Student (2019-2021)
B.S. Student (2019-2021)
Current position: PhD student in the ICON program at the University of Georgia
Geography M.S. Student (2020-2023)
Current position: MBA student in the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee Knoxville
Geography M.S. Student (2021-2023)
Current Position: GIS Specialist at SafeAI in Santa Clara, California
Geography B.S. Student (2022-2023)
Current Position: MBA student in the Manderson School of Business, University of Alabama