Program Director

Harney Science Center 440G

Dr. Saah has been broadly trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in a number of areas including: landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis. He has used these skills to conduct research primarily at the landscape level in a variety of systems. Dr. Saah has participated in research projects throughout the United States and Internationally...

Expertise:
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Ecosystem modeling
  • Natural hazard modeling
  • Remote sensing
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geospatial analysis

Full-Time Faculty

Harney Science Center 440H

Professor Benning received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology. Her research interests include landscape ecology, urban ecology and resource conservation and management. Her most recent research focuses on remote sensing and GIS technologies in the study of tropical rainforest dynamics in Hawaii and riparian corridors in southern African savannas.

Education:
  • PhD, University of Colorado
Harney 440G

An assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science since 2016, Dr. Amalia Kokkinaki holds a PhD degree from the University of Toronto in Canada and joined USF after completing her postdoctoral research at Stanford University. She is an environmental engineer with expertise in groundwater flow, fate and transport of contaminants, and biological treatment of organic pollutants. Her research is in the nexus of mathematical and statistical modeling of the physical, chemical and...

Education:
  • University of Toronto, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013
  • University of Toronto, MASc, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2007
  • Technical University of Crete, BS and MS...
Expertise:
  • Groundwater flow and transport
  • Contaminant hydrogeology
  • Environmental chemistry and microbiology
  • Statistical modeling and data assimilation
  • Bayesian inverse modeling
Harney Science Center 440D

Calla Schmidt received a PhD in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research spans physical hydrology and biogeochemistry and aims to understand the connection between hydrology and the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients. She has done research on nutrient cycling during groundwater recharge, nitrogen pollution in highway runoff and presently she is working on a project investigating the transfer of nutrients discharged by wastewater treatment plants into the base of...

Education:
  • PhD, Earth Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

Instructor

Harney Science Center G24

Fernanda Lopez Ornelas is a Mexican biologist and environmental manager who has always been passionate about nature and environmental phenomena. She earned her biology degree in Mexico and completed her Master of Science in Environmental Management at USF, where she developed a strong interest in geospatial technologies and GIS. She is proud to be part of the first group to obtain the GIS Certificate recently developed by USF’s Geospatial Analysis Lab (GsAL). Lopez Ornelas has a particular...

Education:
  • University of San Francisco, MSc in Environmental Management, 2016
  • Universidad Simon Bolivar (Mexico), BS in Biology, 2010
Expertise:
  • GIS
  • LiDAR Technologies
  • Ecology
  • Spanish