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Saint Louis University's Geospatial Institute (GeoSLU) brings together experts from a variety of fields to enhance geospatial research, training and innovation.

Our Leadership

GeoSLU was created by faculty at SLU and is led by faculty at SLU. In addition to being co-founders and leaders of GeoSLU, the following three are also doing hands-on research for the Geospatial Institute.

vasit sagan

Vasit Sagan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty Director, GeoSLU
Des Peres Hall, Room 209D
Sagan's Personal Page
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ness sandoval

Ness Sandoval, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Program Director, Public and Social Policy Associate Director, GeoSLU
Morrissey Hall, Room 1929
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Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Professor, Behavioral Science and Health EducationDirector, Ph.D. in Public Health Studies Program Associate Director, GeoSLU
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Our Faculty Advisory Board

The faculty advisory board provides guidance to the institute. These GeoSLU ambassadors build bridges both across colleges and departments at Saint Louis University and into the community partners in our region.

Flavio Esposito

Flavio Esposito, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Science
McDonnell Douglas Hall, Room 2015
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Ronaldo Luna, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Professor of Civil Engineering
McDonnell Douglas Hall

Joe D. Lyons

Joe D. Lyons, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Security and Strategic IntelligenceDirector, Security and Strategic Intelligence
Brouster Hall
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Jeff Ma

Jeff Ma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
McDonnell Douglas Hall, Room 1027
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Takako Nomi

Takako Nomi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Studies
Fitzgerald Hall, Room 209
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Shawn Steadman

Shawn Steadman

Director, Emergency Management
Brouster Hall
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Christopher Tinson

Christopher Tinson, Ph.D.

Director, African American StudiesAssociate Professor, History
McGannon Hall, 113
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Our Researchers

The following researchers are affiliated with GeoSLU. If you'd like to collaborate with GeoSLU, please contact Vasit Sagan, Ph.D., faculty director of GeoSLU, at

Gerardo Camilo

Gerardo Camilo, Ph.D.

Professor, Biology
Macelwane Hall, Room, 125
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Camilo's Personal Page

Benjamin Defoy

Benjamin de Foy, Ph.D.

Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Science
O’Neil Hall, Room 300E
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Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and BiostatisticsAssociate Dean of Public Health
Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs, College for Public Health and Social Justice
Salus Center, Room 478
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Kasey Fowler-Finn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology
Macelwane Hall
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Srikanth Gururajan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
McDonnell Douglas Hall, Room 2049
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kyle mitchell

Kyle Mitchell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Program Coordinator
McDonnell Douglas Hall, Room 2023
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Marcus Painter

Marcus Painter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Finance
Davis-Shaughnessy Hall, Office 351
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Zachary Phillips, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of GIScience, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
GIS Coordinator
DesPeres Hall, Room 203

Christopher Prener

Christopher Prener, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Morissey Hall, room 1918
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Michael Rozier

Michael Rozier, S.J., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy
Salus Center, Room 376
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Kevin Scannell, Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Science
Ritter Hall, Room 201
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Abby Stylianou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Ritter Hall, Room 107
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Michael Swartwout, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Program Coordinator
McDonnell Douglas Hall, Room 2081
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