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Kim M. Bishop
Associate Professor of Geology; M.S., CSU Northridge and Los Angeles; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-2409
E-mail: kbishop@calstatela.edu

Dr. Bishop, an engineering geologist, is an expert on landslides and related mass wasting phenomena. Prior to joining the Cal State L.A. faculty, Bishop worked nine years in the engineering geology consulting field. He has lectured on “Engineering Geology in Southern California” and “Miocene Mega-Avalanche Deposits of the Eastern Mojave Desert Area.”


Daniel Borough
Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Analysis; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Contact: (323) 343-2222
E-mail: dboroug@calstatela.edu

Dr. Borough specializes in urban geography with an emphasis on residential segregation and its affects on community. He is also an expert in GIS (Geographical Information Systems), quantitative methods, population, and migration.


Sin Fong Han
Emeritus Professor of Geography; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Contact: (323) 343-2220
E-mail: shan2@calstatela.edu

Dr. Han specializes in location analysis and population geography. His regional expertise includes China and Southeast Asia. Dr. Han received the California Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Award in 1978 and Cal State L.A.’s Outstanding Professor Award for 1978-79.

Fluent in: Mandarin, Cantonese, Hainanese.


Richard Hurst
Professor of Geology; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-2410
E-mail: rhurst@calstatela.edu

Dr. Hurst’s basic training is in geochemistry and environmental geochemistry. He is an expert on the geology of the solar system, involving Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon. His
other research interests are applications of isotopes to environmental/exploration studies, planetary geology using remote sensing, and forensic geochemistry and mineralogy. He has lectured on “Holmes Sweet Holmes: Whodunit Approaches to Environmental Cleanup.” He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society and Geological Society of America.


John A. Kirchner


Professor of Geography; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Contact: (323) 343-2220
E-mail: jkirchn@calstatela.edu

Dr. Kirchner’s expertise includes transportation, tropical and plantation agriculture and the geography of Latin America. He is especially interested in rail transport, past and present.


Steve LaDochy
Associate Professor of Geography; Ph.D., University of Manitoba
Contact: (323) 343-2220
E-mail: sladoch@calstatela.edu

Dr. LaDochy is a climatologist and meteorologist, with special interests in thunderstorm phenomena and synoptic climatology. He also conducts research in air pollution, weather forecasting, lightning and urban climates. An expert on the West Coast climatic phenomenon known as “June Gloom,” his collaborative work with NASA/JPL on the Pacific Ocean’s effect on West Coast climate uses 50 years of data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Center for Environmental Prediction. His work with NASA has also focused on long-term climate prediction using atmospheric and oceanic indicators, such as ENSO and PDO.


Ali Modarres
Associate Director, Pat Brown Institute; Professor of Geography; Ph.D., University of Arizona
Contact: (323) 343-2220

Dr. Modarres’ expertise is in urban geography, immigration, public policy, and ethnic community development in the U.S., as well as Geographical Information Systems (GIS). His most recent book, The Racial and
Ethnic Structure of Los Angeles: A Geographic Guide,
published by the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., uses 1990 and 1980 census data to portray changes in the demography and cultural landscape of L.A. County. (See also Pat Brown Institute)

Fluent in: Persian.


Stephen Mulherin
Assistant Professor of Geography; Ph.D., Ohio State University
Contact: (323) 343-2041

Dr. Mulherin specializes in urban geography, schools, housing, GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and cultural landscape. His regional expertise include Anglo-America and Eastern Europe. He is also interested in residential and commercial architecture.


Dave Mayo
Assistant Professor of Geology; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-2420
E-mail: dmayo@calstatela.edu

Dr. Mayo, an igneous and metamorphic petrologist, is involved in science education programs ranging from the development of science instructional materials to the professional development. He has lectured on “Revision of Virtual Earthquake-A Popular Web-based Learning Activity,” “Field Experiences for Pre-Service Science Teachers in the Los Angeles River,” and “Active Learning and Formative Assessment with Web-Based Computer Animations.” Dr. Mayo is a member of the Geological Society of America, the National Association of Geology Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Association of Science Teacher Educators.


Gary A. Novak
Emeritus Professor of Geology; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Contact: (323) 343-2406
E-mail: gnovak@calstatela.edu

Dr. Novak is an expert on mineralogy, X-ray crystallography and computer applications in geology. He is a frequent lecturer and has published many articles on his areas of expertise. Novak has spent years collecting mineral specimens in California and has photographs of a large number of crystal groups. Novak co-authored with Bob Desharnais, professor of Biology, an interactive virtual application which is part of the Cal State L.A. Electronic Desktop Project, Virtual Earthquake.


Linda O’Hirok
Adjunct Faculty of Geography; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Contact: (323) 343-2220
E-mail: geog@calstatela.edu

Dr. O’Hirok is a specialist in the physical land features of California and Arizona, with interests in arid lands and the effect of running water on dry land surfaces.


Nate Onderdonk
Assistant Professor of Geology; Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
Contact: (323) 343-2412

Dr. Onderdonk’s areas of expertise include tectonics (faults, earthquakes, plate movements, geologic hazards, southern California faults and tectonics); arctic geology, exploration, and environment (field experience in Greenland, Norway, Svalbard-Arctic Ocean); and Norway and Norwegian geology.

Fluent in: Norwegian.


Hong-lie Qiu
Associate Professor of Geography; Ph.D., Louisiana State University.
Contact: (323) 343-2220
E-mail: hqui@calstatela.edu

Dr. Qiu is a biogeographer, with specialization in computer/GIS applications in environmental studies, remote sensing and Quaternary studies.

Fluent in: Mandarin.


Hengchun Ye
Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Analysis; Ph.D., University of Delaware
Contact: (323) 343-2229
E-mail: hye2@calstatela.edu

Dr. Ye is a climatologist with specialization in hydroclimatology, synoptic climatology, and climate change. Her recent research focuses on regional climate variability and change in high latitude regions. She has been working on snow accumulation and river discharges over Siberia and their connections to sea surface temperatures and regional climate in the middle and low latitudes. She authored/co-authored 19 peer-reviewed publications in major journals.

Fluent in: Chinese (Mandarin and Wenzhou).


Killian P. H. Ying
Professor of Geography; Ph.D., Ohio State University
Contact: (323) 343-2220
E-mail: kying@calstatela.edu

Dr. Ying is an expert of medical geography, population geography, and urban geography. His research subspecialties include geography of health care, geography of supply and demand of physicians, geography of medical education (medical schools and Graduate Medical Education), geography of pediatric care, and geography of infant mortality in urban areas. Dr. Ying has served as a policy reviewer to the Department of Health Services, State of California, and as a proposal reviewer to the National Science Foundation on health related grant proposals.

Fluent in: Cantonese.