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Hazards, Resilience & Human Security

The United Nations recently estimated worldwide economic natural disaster losses from 1999 to 2018 at $2.9 trillion, which is a 68% increase from the prior 20-year period. Our faculty focus on human security in the face of hazards such as climate change, global terrorism, pollution, conflict, and contagious disease, as well as on building societal resilience across local, regional, and global scales.

Courses and Degrees

Courses in Hazards, Resilience, and Human Security cover topics of natural and anthropogenic hazards, health and disease, terrorism, crime, conflict, and climate change. Students taking these courses will gain an understanding of hazards, societal vulnerabilities, and policy and planning approaches to promote resilience and human security. These courses can be combined within the Hazards, Resilience, and Human Security Emphasis for the Geography BS. Undergraduates can also use these courses as part of an interdisciplinary Hazards and Emergency Management Certificate.


Tim Collins

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies – human-environment interactions; vulnerability; hazards and disasters; environmental justice; health disparities; climate change, water, wildfire, and air pollution

Tom Cova

Professor -- Environmental hazards, emergency management, transportation, geographic information science

Philip Dennison

Professor, Chair, and Director of URSA Lab  -- hyperspectral, multispectral, and lidar remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems, wildfire and firefighter safety, imaging spectroscopy

Andrew M. Linke

Assistant Professor -- political geography, political violence, Kenya, spatial statistics, GIS, climate change and conflict

Richard Medina

Associate Professor -- GIS, spatial analysis, geography of terrorism and insurgent activity, complex systems in social and geographic spaces

Kathleen Nicoll

Associate Professor -- geomorphology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geoarchaeology, arid lands, petroleum geology

Last Updated: 3/26/21