Dr. Zhenlong Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences from George Mason University in 2015.  His primary research field is GIScience with a focus on big data processing and analytics, spatial computing, and geospatial cyberinfrastructure with applications to disaster management, climate data analysis, and human mobility.

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Dr. Michael E. Hodgson is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hodgson’s research interests are broadly in geographical information science with particular interest in the use of remote sensing approaches (e.g. LiDAR and airborne drones) for environmental problems. He conducts field and GISscience-based research on environmental and historical problems in the United States and Italy.

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Dr. Susan(Cuizhen) Wang is a Professor in the Department of Geography with strong expertise in bio-environmental remote sensing, and more than 20 years of experiences in image analysis, modeling and application for environmental changes and, specifically, marsh habitat assessment of coastal wetlands in recent years. Dr. Wang is a Subject Matter Expert in Remote Sensing & Image Analysis of the USGIF, and has built into international research network via collaborative activities in China, Thailand, and Japan.

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Dr. Susan L. Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability/resilience science—what makes people and the places where they live vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed. She has authored or edited thirteen books, more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

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Graduate Students

Yuqin Jiang is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Geography.  Yuqin received M.S. degree in Geography from University of South Carolina and B.A. in Geography with specialization in GIS from University at Buffalo. Her research field is GIScience with a focus on spatial network, geo-spatial big data analytics and visualization, cyberGIS with applications to disaster management, human dynamics, and transportation. (Advisor: Li)

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gracyson Grayson Morgan is a PhD student at the Department of Geography, USC. He received his B.S. from BYU in Geography with an emphasis in geographic information science. Research interests include GIScience, sUAS remote sensing techniques and applications, and computer science.  (Advisor: Wang)

Qian Huang is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Geography, University of South Carolina. Qian received her M.A. in Geography and a Master of Public Administration from University of Miami. Relying on the big data, spatial modeling, and spatial statistics, her current research examines the spatial interactions between natural hazard and social vulnerability, as well as the related public health implications in China and the United States. (Advisor: Cutter)


Finn Hagerty is majored in geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Having interned at the South Carolina State Climatology Office, Finn is interested to see how big data can allow him to analyze weather trends.
Rohit Swain is a South Carolina Honors student interested in exploring urban planning, public economics, environmental policy, public health, and climate modelling using data science methods and GIS.


Xiao Huang received his Ph.D. degree in Spring 2020.  His dissertation title is “Remote sensing and social sensing for improved flood awareness and exposure analysis in the Big Data era”.  Dr. Huang is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas. 

Yago Martín received his Ph.D. degree in 2019 with dissertation titled: “Leveraging Geotagged Social Media to Monitor Spatial Behavior During Population Movements Triggered by Hurricanes”. Dr. Martin is now a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Central Florida. 
huan Dong Xu was a visiting Ph.D. student at the Geoinformation and Big Data Research lab in 2019. He conducted research about indoor evacuation planning based on individual-level simulation and big data computing and published two journal articles with the team during his stay. 
Dr. Anna Fiedukowicz was a short-term visiting scholar at GIBD in 2019. Dr. Fiedukowicz is an Assistant Professor from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland at the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography. Dr. Fiedukowicz received his Ph.D. in Cartography (cartographic generalization using rough logics) from the same university in 2017. Her research interests focus on spatial data mining and big data processing.
Daniel Newsome is an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina Honors College (Statistics). He worked on a Magellan Scholar project investigating the celebration patterns of popular U.S. holidays by analyzing billions of geotagged tweets.
Mary Windsor, Graduated M.S. Student (2016-2017),  Her research topic was related to a GIS-based watershed decision support system which will help decision-makers develop comprehensive watershed plans. Research paper title: A Web-based Decision Support Platform for Community Engagement in Water Resources Planning.
Caroline Caroline Garris, Desktop Analyst at Esri. Research Assistant from 01/2016 to 05/2016. Assisting in developing web-based maps for mapping the 2015 South Carolina floods.
Ishrat Singh is interested in researching human dynamics and public health by applying big data mining technologies.
parisa_200 Parisa Bozorgi, Ph.D. student at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. Research Assistant from 02/2016 to 07/2016. Assisting on a research project on Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Flood Impact by Integrating Satellite, VGI and Social Media Data.


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