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AAG Honors Committee B

(two to be elected)


Kelsey Ellis

KELSEY ELLIS. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee. Ph.D. (Florida State University), M.S. (Mississippi State University), and B.S. (Salisbury University).

Service to AAG and Geography: SEDAAG Tennessee State Representative (2019–2021); SEDAAG Nominations Committee (2016–2018); SEDAAG Program Committee (2015); Team Coordinator for Tennessee Geography Bowl Team (2013–2015); Facilitator at AAG Early Career GFDA Workshop (2016); Advisor for Gamma Theta Upsilon (2013–present).

Awards, Honors, Grants: UT Geography Graduate Student Advocate Award (2019); UT College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (2018); UT Chancellor’s Citation for Success in Multidisciplinary Research (2017); MSU Department of Geosciences Outstanding Alumni (2017); UT Geography Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2014). Research grants include having led two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants on nocturnal tornado risk and vulnerability (2015–2019) and tornado warning challenges (2017–2020); and having worked on or co-led two education-focused grants including one for students interested in careers in the Geosciences (National Science Foundation; 2016–2020) and one for future middle school STEM teachers (Virginia Research Use Education Council; 2011 and 2012).

Research and Teaching Interests: Specialty in hazards climatology with focus on the interactions of the climate system, natural hazards, and society through the following research areas: tropical cyclone climatology; tornado risk and vulnerability; tornado warning response behavior; land-use atmosphere interactions; urban environments; heat exposure; flooding; and others. Courses include Introduction to Weather, Climate, and Climate Change; Climatology; Meteorology; Extreme Weather Climatology; Introduction to Geographical Research; Undergraduate Research Experience; and others.

Publications: Author and co-author of approximately 40 journal publications and book chapters and co-editor of one book. Publication venues include: Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology; International Journal of Biometeorology; Earth Interactions; Atmosphere; Natural Hazards; Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres; PLOS One; Theoretical and Applied Climatology; Sustainability; Southeastern Geographer; Weather and Forecasting; and others. Non-traditional publications include several undergraduate research journals; co-editing a lab book for introductory weather and climate course; research reports for local decision makers; creation of; and AAG Review of Books.


Yuhong He

YUHONG HE. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga. Ph.D. (University of Saskatchewan), MSc and B.Sc. (Nanjing Institute of Meteorology).

Service to AAG and Geography: Director, Remote Sensing Specialty Group, AAG (2012-2014); Paper Session Organizer and/or Chair for AAG 2012-2019, STTPA Conference 2019, CAGONT 2018 and 2009, CRSS2018, MultiTemp 2013, Grassland Remote Sensing International Conference 2012; External Program Reviewer for Master in Spatial Analysis (2019); Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (2016-2019), Editorial Advisory Board Member of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2016-2022), and Co-Editor for special issues in Remote Sensing (2015-16, 2018-19); Proposal Theme Leader on BioFuelNet Canada (2017-2018); Program Committee of EORSA (2014, 2016); Scientific Committee Member of IEEE/CRSS (2014); GIS Program Advisor, Geography, UTM (2012-2018); Associate Chair, Academic, Geography, UTM (2017-18); Chair, Geography, UTM (2019-2023).

Honors, Awards, Grants: E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty, UTM (2017); Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario (2015); Early Career Award, Remote Sensing Specialty Group, AAG (2011); UTM Dean’s Special Merit Award for Excellence (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); Led 18 competitive grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the National Capital Commission (NCC), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan); Awarded many internal undergraduate teaching grants on several projects to enhance GIS education.

Research and Teaching Interests: I am a physical geographer who uses remote sensing and spatial techniques to improve our understanding of the relationships between environmental variables and terrestrial ecosystems (agriculture, grasslands, forests, and wetlands) at multiple spatial and temporal scales. My research generates quantitative information about ecosystems from remote sensing images that can 1) support sustainable decision-making and natural resource management and 2) be incorporated into detailed ecological models to improve our ability to predict and cope with global change.  

Publications: Author and co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and 11 book chapters, and co-editor of one book. Publication venues include geography journals (e.g. Progress in Physical Geography), remote sensing journals (e.g., Remote Sensing of Environment, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), and specialized journals (e.g. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Landscape Ecology). 


Qihao Weng

QIHAO WENG. Professor of Geography, Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at Indiana State University. Ph.D. (University of Georgia), M.A. (University of Arizona), and M.S. (South China Normal University).

Service to AAG and Geography. Chair, AAG Awards Committee (2015-2016); Member, AAG Awards Committee (2013-15); Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary, China Geography Specialty Group (2008-2011); Member, Awards Committee of Remote Sensing Specialty Group (2013-2016); Member, The Expanding the Community of Geography Theme Committee, 2020 AAG Annual Meeting; Editor-in-Chief, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2015-present); Associate Editor, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2009-2014); Series Editor, Taylor & Francis Series in Remote Sensing Applications (2007-present); Series Editor, Taylor & Francis Series in Imaging Science (2017-present); Lead, GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Global Urban Observation and Information Initiative (2012-present).

Honors, Awards, Grants: AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors (2020); AAG E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award (2015); Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing, AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group (2011); Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan (Short-term S) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2019); Taylor & Francis Lifetime Achievement Award (2019); NASA Senior Fellowship (2009); ASPRS Erdas Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing (2000); ASPRS Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship Award (1999); Best Student Authored Paper Award of the International Geographic Information Foundation (1998); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2019); Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2018); Research grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, USGS, NOAA and National Geographic Society.

Research and Teaching Interests: Urban environments and urbanization impacts. In particular, urban structures, environments, and ecosystems through remote sensing and GIScience; linking urban climate (heat islands) with urban ecology (landscape patterns and processes) across various spatial scales; and exploring human-environment interactions during urbanization processes in different geographical settings, stages, and scopes.

Publications: Author and co-author of 234 articles (journal articles, chapters, editorials, and others), four monographs and editor of 10 book volumes, which include a textbook, An Introduction to Contemporary Remote Sensing (2012). Publication venues include: Remote Sensing of Environment, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Energy, Journal of Environmental Management, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Management, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, GIScience & Remote Sensing, International Journal of Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, among others.


Stephanie Zick

STEPHANIE E. ZICK. Assistant Professor of Meteorology at Virginia Tech. Ph.D. (University of Florida), M.S. (Pennsylvania State University), and B.S.-Honors (Rutgers University).

Service to AAG and Geography. Virginia State Representative, Southeast Division of the American Association of Geographers (SEDAAG) (2019-2020); Judge for student paper competition of Climate Specialty Group (2017-present); Member, Society of Women Geographers (2015-present); Member, Climate Specialty Group (2012-present); Member, SEDAAG (2012-present); Referee for over 10 journals in geography and atmospheric sciences; Reviewer for NSF’s Physical and Dynamical Meteorology and Hydrologic Sciences Programs; Organizer of paper sessions at SEDAAG (2017-present).

Honors, Awards, Grants: Best Paper, Southeastern Geographer (2019); Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, JGR-Atmospheres (2018); Evelyn L. Pruitt Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Society of Women Geographers (2015-2016); Best Poster, University of Florida Water Institute Symposium (2016); Ryan Poehling award, University of Florida (2015); Co-PI on research grant from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)/COMET.

Research and Teaching Interests: At Virginia Tech, I teach multiple courses for the B.S. Meteorology degree, including synoptic meteorology, physical meteorology, tropical meteorology, and undergraduate research. My research focuses on the spatial structure and dynamics of hurricanes and the representation of hurricanes and extreme precipitation in weather forecasting models. This research spans the following topics: synoptic meteorology, tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, extreme precipitation, numerical weather predictions, quantitative precipitation forecasts, precipitation verification methods, spatial analysis, and shape analysis.

Publications: Author and co-author of peer-reviewed journal publications in multiple geography, geoscience, and atmospheric science journals, including: Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Southeastern Geographer.