Joni Downs Firat

Professor & Director, School of Geosciences


Office: NES 203


Broadly, I am a GIScientist with research interests in spatial analysis and modelling.  My work follows two overlapping themes: (1) development of methods of space-time analysis to measure the movements and interactions of individuals and (2) application of spatial analysis and modelling to solve environmental problems.  Substantively, my research falls within three main areas: wildlife ecology and conservation, public health and safety, and transportation.

Graduate Students

Molly Darby (MA Geography), Lucy Deba Enomah (PhD GEP), Ayten Ece Koc (MA Geography), Feng Yeh (MA Geography).

Specialty Area

Geographic Information Science, Wildlife Ecology, Public Health and Safety