Students

Our students come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds, yet they all share an interest in using critical and engaged research to assess the relationship between communities and the built and natural environment. We train students with both academic and non-academic aspirations to become the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers, scientists, analysts and decision-makers.

Current Student Profiles

Abdulaziz Alhassan

Abdulaziz Alhassan

Education:
BArch, King Saud University
MUD, University of Colorado Denver

Research Interests:
Urban design, public space, spatial justice, gendered space, GIS

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Amy DePierre

Education:
BA Bio-Psychology, University of Nebraska Lincoln
MS Environmental Science, University of Colorado Denver

Research Interests:
Food systems, community development, urban ecology, human geography, small-scale agriculture

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Anna Bierbrauer

Anna Bierbrauer

Education:
BA Performance Theory and Political Systems, George Washington University
MLA, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: 
Cultural landscape history, urban ecology, political ecology, critical physical geography, landscape design

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Dani Slabaugh

Education:
BA Hampshire College
MLA, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Research Interests:
Community land trusts, climate change resilience, grassroots community-driven design, racial equity and disaster resilience/public health

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Darcy Kitching

Education:
BA English, University of Colorado Denver
M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
MURP, University of Colorado Denver

Research Interests:
Youth and family transportation, community development, regional mobility, community engagement, active transportation

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Erin Nobler

Erin Nobler

Education:
BA Business Administration, Marquette University
MBA, University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests:
Transportation planning, mobility, equity, energy, advanced transportation technologies

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Gretel Follingstad

Gretel Follingstad

Education:
BA International Business, University of New Mexico
MS Natural Resource Planning, University of New Mexico

Research Interests:
Environmental planning, climate change and disasters planning, resilience planning

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Hillary Quarles

Education:
BA English, Yale University
MLA Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Research Interests:
Urban agriculture, food systems, food justice, public spaces

Jenna McKnight

Jenna McKnight

Education:
BS Journalism, Northern Arizona University
MA Arts Journalism, Syracuse University

Research Interests:
Architecture, digital media, photography

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Jennifer Newcomer

Education:
BA Environmental Design, University of New Mexico
MURP, University of Colorado Denver

Research Interests:
Child-friendly environments, neighborhood evolution, community resilience, housing affordability, household choice behavior

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Jonathan Burton

Education:
BA Geology, Brigham Young University
MIS Integrated Sciences, University of Colorado Denver

Research Interests:
Climate change, disaster mitigation, glaciology, hydrology, glacial lake outburst floods

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Majd Albaiz

Education:
BArch, Dar Al Uloom University
MArch, University of Colorado Denver

Research Interests:
Architecture, architectural education, professional practice, design process, visualization

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Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Education:
BA Journalism & Telecommunications, University of Georgia
MS Environmental Science, University of Colorado Denver

Research Interests:
Remote sensing, geospatial science, urban ecological systems, land use, ecosystem services

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Ryanne Hilbert

Education:
BE Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University
MCP City Planning, University of Pennsylvania 

Research Interests:
Transportation planning and design, youth and family mobility, equitable transportation

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Shelley McMullen

Education:
BS Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
MPA, University of Colorado Denver
MURP, University of Colorado Denver 

Research Interests:
Disaster recovery planning, climate change adaption, community resilience, international development

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Taber Ward

Taber Ward

Education:
BA, Anthrolopology, McGill University
JD, University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests:
Food security, transformation planning, immigration, public spaces, planning law and policy

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Zahra Namavar

Zahra Namavar

Education:
MArch (Integrated Degree), Tehran University of Art

Research Interests:
Social sustainability in urban design, public places, architecture education, Islamic Persian architecture, design process

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