Dr. Andrey Petrov (PI)
Associate Professor of Geography, ARCTICenter Director and Academic Director of GeoTREE Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Petrov is an economic and social geographer who specializes in Arctic economy, regional development and post-Soviet society, with an emphasis on the social geography of Indigenous populations. His current research concerns sustainable development, spatial organization, and restructuring of peripheral economies, as well as dynamics of social-ecological systems. Dr. Petrov leads the Research Coordination Networks in Arctic Sustainability (Arctic-FROST) and Arctic Coastal Resilience (Arctic-COAST). He has published on issues pertaining to socio-economic crisis, development, and demographic dynamics of Arctic populations. Dr. Petrov leads the COVITA project.
Dr. Tatiana Degai (Co-PI)
Tatiana Degai is an Itelmen scholar from the Kamchatka Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Russia. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in the American Indian Studies program minoring in Linguistics. Tatiana’s Ph.D. research was focused on language revitalization possibilities in the Russian context focusing on her native Itelmen language. She received her MA at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks at the Department of Anthropology with the research on the concept of sacred places in Kamchatka. Currently, Tatiana is a Post-doc at the ARCTICenter, Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa. Tatiana’s research interests are concentrating on Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous visions on sustainability and well-being. These include Indigenous knowledge and biocultural diversity, cultural landscapes and technology, language revitalization and technology, and Indigenous education.
Mr. John DeGroote (Co-PI)
John has served as the GeoTREE Center Director since December of 2012 after previously serving as a (Senior) Research Associate from 2006-2012. He oversees all training, research, education, and extension efforts of the Center. He has more than 15 years of professional experience applying geospatial technologies to a wide variety of issues. He has worked with professionals across many disciplines and has developed and presented numerous geospatial technology workshops. John also teaches intermediate and advanced Geographic Information Science courses in the Geography Department. John is focusing on geospatial analysis of COVID-19 pandemic and impacts of anti-pandemic measures.
Dr. Alexander Savelyev (collaborator)
Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the Texas State University, working on topics of geographic data visualization, text visualization, cartography, typography, GIS, and the likes. He received Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Mark Welford (Co-PI)
Mark Welford is a nature-society geographer and spatial epidemiologist at the University of Northern Iowa. His research interests include: environmental change in, and conservation of, tropical montane environments; hurricanes and climate change; and the spatial dynamics of historical pandemics. Dr. Welford is currently an editorial board member for GeoJournal. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1986. His most recent book is Welford, MR, 2018. Geographies of Plague Pandemics: The Spatial-Temporal Behavior of Plague to the Modern Day. Routledge, U.K. Dr. Welford leads the analysis of the COVID-19 dynamics, public health and epidemiological aspects of research and historical comparisons.
Mr. Nikolay Golosov (Research Associate)
Research Associate at the ARCTICenter, Nikolay specializes in GIS, spatial analysis and cartography. He previously worked on the TAMARA project mapping wild reindeer migration in Taimyr, Russia. He graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Russia with a degree in Cartography/GIS. He is finishing his masters at UNI.
Mr. Jonathan Voss (Research Associate)
Dr. Michele Devlin
Dr. Michele Devlin is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Northern Iowa, and a specialist in human migration and mass disaster response. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she is a Doctor of Public Health, nurse, and emergency medical technician. Dr. Devlin is a specialist in working cross-culturally during large-scale emergencies. She has worked or traveled in 65 nations around the world, including numerous countries in the Arctic. Dr. Devlin is also an avid musher every winter, and particularly enjoys dogsledding above the Arctic Circle.
Ms. Nino Mateshvili (Research Associate)
Nino Mateshvili is a Fulbright Foreign Student Program(2020) fellow scholar from Georgia (the country) undertaking MA study in Geography at the University of Northern Iowa Graduate school. She has gained her BA in Human Geography and another MA in Demography at the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Currently she is interested in studying Geographic Information Systems at UNI to implement GIS as a data analyst tool in socio-economic and demographic research. She has approximately 8-years of variety of work experiences in Georgia, such as statistics, data quality management, socio-economic research in the communities affected by the big energy infrastructure(HPP) projects, property inventorization and acquisition in the project area, teaching, etc.