Juana Ibáñez, MA (UT Austin)

Retained Instructor

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Ms. Ibáñez received her BA in anthropology in 1981 from UNO and her MA in anthropology in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus in archaeology to understand past land use patterns.  LSU is keeping her busy as she pursues her PhD in geography.  She returned to UNO in 1996 and served as an adjunct instructor in the Anthropology Department.  In 1997 she became an adjunct instructor in geography.  From 1997 to 2004 she was also an adjunct instructor at Tulane University.  In 2001 she became a full-time geography instructor at UNO. In 2008 Ms. Ibáñez was promoted to retained instructor.  She assists with archaeological projects undertaken by the Greater New Orleans Regional Archaeology Program housed at UNO.  Her interests are archaeology, prehistoric land use, Latin America, cultural ecology, and physical geography.  Ms. Ibáñez loves to travel and see what’s going on in other parts of the world. Spare time finds her renovating a Katrina flooded home with her husband, quilting, visiting her sons and extended family, and reading (mysteries, futuristic science fiction, and Newberry Award children’s books).   

Dr. Merrill Johnson (Georgia)

Professor and Executive Director of Global UNO

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Dr. Johnson earned his BA in international relations from West Texas State University in 1974, his MA in geography from Arizona State University in 1977, and his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Georgia in 1981.  He came to the Geography Department at UNO in 1981.  Dr. Johnson was appointed Chair of the department in 1989 and served in this position until 2000.  From 2001 to 2008 he served as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts.  He was promoted to Associate Provost in 2008, and from 2009—2013 served as Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.  In 2013 he was promoted to being the Executive Director of Global UNO.  He has served as the Director of Latin American Outreach and Coordinator of Virtual Worlds which are now parts of Global UNO.  Dr. Johnson has been instrumental in developing the GIS program at UNO.  He was the leader in developing the department’s GIS proficiency declaration.  Dr. Johnson’s interests are economic geography, particularly the U.S. South; urban land use in developing countries, especially Latin American squatter settlements; and political geography.  He most recent interest is the value of virtual worlds to higher education.  Dr. Johnson is the editor of and contributor to an introductory world regional geography textbook.  He loves to teach and has taught a variety of courses in economic and political geography and world regional geography.

Dr. Mahtab Lodhi (Nebraska-Lincoln)


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Dr. Lodhi received his BS in biology in 1981, his diploma in French language in 1983, and his MS in geography in 1984 all from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan.  In 1990 he received his MA in geography from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and in 1998 his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Dr. Lodhi came to UNO in 1998.  In 2001 he received a grant to analyze agricultural land use changes near Veracruz, Mexico (co-principal investigator with Merrill Johnson).  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004.  He served as Graduate Coordinator from 2001-2007.  Dr. Lodhi has served as the faculty advisor for the Pakistan International Student Organization since 2004.  In 2007 he received a grant for a smart growth education project for Tangipahoa, Washington, St. John and St. Tammany Parishes.  Dr. Lodhi’s areas of interest are remote sensing of water resources, remote sensing and GIS for land use / land cover monitoring, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring and assessment using remote sensing and GIS, sustainable development, South Asia, the Middle East, and geomorphology.

Dr. James Lowry (Arizona)

Associate Professor and Department Chair

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Dr. Lowry was born an Air Force brat in Charleston, SC.  The first 13 years of his life were spent on the move, including 2 years in Tripoli, Libya.  He earned his BA in business administration, with a minor in religion, from Belmont Abbey College in 1983.  In 1986 he entered the MA program in geography at East Carolina University. He graduated in 1988 and entered the PhD program in geography at the University of Arizona.  He finished his degree in 1996.  Dr. Lowry taught at East Central University from 1996 to 2002, and served as department chair from 1998-2001.  The first three summers there he was awarded a NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship to work at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. In 2002 he took a position at Stephen F. Austin State University (he served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 2004-2006).  In 2006 he came to UNO and was appointed Chair of the department in 2008.  For over two decades his research focused on perceptual regions of the US, but his move to New Orleans was primarily spurred by his desire to study perceptions of natural hazards and cultural ecology.  He is currently the Executive Secretary for Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geography Honor Society, and a member of the UNO Athletics Council.  Dr. Lowry is an animal lover, and currently his household includes one very sweet beagle, Ruthie.

Dr. Peter Yaukey (Georgia)


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Dr. Yaukey received his BA in biology from the University of Virginia in 1983, his MA in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1991.  He came to UNO that same year.  In 1997 Dr. Yaukey was promoted to Associate Professor.  He served as Chair of the Department from 2001-2008.  He was Graduate Coordinator in 2008-2009.  Prior to Hurricane Katrina, his research focused on the effects of urbanization on bird communities, including the use of urban forests fragments by nesting forest species, and the use of urban habitats by passage migrants.  He also studied the effects of synoptic weather patterns on stopover by migrating birds.  Since Katrina Dr. Yaukey has focused his efforts on studying the impacts of the storm on bird species in the urban flood zone and the larger Gulf coast region.  He also developed a research initiative studying hurricane intensification, including its response to ocean tidal processes.  Dr. Yaukey also began an annual curbside survey of housing recovery in the flood zone, and more recently of business recovery.  He currently teaches a variety of courses including field research methods, meteorology, climatology, biogeography, and biogeography of birds.

Emeritus and Retired Professors


Dr. David L. Clawson (Florida).  Professor Emeritus.  Interests:  cultural ecology, tropical agriculture, tropical land use, belief systems, geographic education, Latin America



Dr. Robert  A. Sauder (Oregon).  Professor Emeritus.  Interests:  historical, urban, U.S., Canada



Rose Sauder, MA (Missouri).  Retired Instructor.  Interests:  physical, map interpretation, regional

Adjunct Faculty


Lynn Dupont,  (MURP, UNO).  Adjunct Instructor.  Interests:  GIS, urban planning, Southeast USA