Allison Bredder is a Ph.D. candidate and Undergraduate Advisor at the University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences. Her research aims to study the health impacts of exposure to wildfire-derived air pollution. Her dissertation relies on machine learning to derive estimates of air pollution emitted by wildfires in Alaska. Additionally, she seeks to study the relationships between exposure and adverse respiratory health outcomes. Previously, she has worked on projects related to land cover and land use change, indicators of climate change, and data visualization.

As an Undergraduate Advisor, Allison is passionate about helping students navigate through their academic and professional journey in the geographical sciences.

Allison is also invested in serving the broader academic and scientific community. She is the Co-Chair of the American Geophysical Union's (AGU's) GeoHealth Early Career Committee, has co-convened several scientific sessions on the topic of air quality and health outcomes at the AGU Fall Meeting, and currently serves as President of the Department's Graduate Student Organization.

Areas of Interest

  • Air quality
  • Machine learning
  • Remote sensing
  • Spatial epidemiology


  • Degree Details
    B.S., Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland


  • 2020 Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • 2020 Department of Geographical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • 2019 Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant
  • 2018 College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean's Fellowship


  • 2021 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
  • 2020 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
  • 2020 NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Science Team Meeting
  • 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting


  • Machine learning
  • Spatial epidemiology

Research Topics

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change - Coupled Human and Natural Systems
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