Allison (Baer) Bredder is a PhD Candidate and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. Her research focus is at the interface of geography and public health, where she combines remote sensing, machine learning, and epidemiological methods to understand the impact of wildfire smoke on human health. Previously, she has worked on efforts in land cover and land use change, science communication and data visualization. She has instructed GEOG130 Developing Countries, and will instruct GEOG201 Geography of Environmental Systems for the Fall 2022 semester.

As an Undergraduate Advisor, Allison is passionate about supporting students on their academic journey in geographical sciences.

Allison received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland where she also minored in Geographic Information Science.

Areas of Interest

  • spatial epidemiology
  • remote sensing
  • machine learning
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  • Degree Details
    B.S., Environmental Science and Policy, Concentration in Politics and Policy


  • 2021, Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • 2020, Department of Geographical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant


  • 2021, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Virtual
  • 2021, Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Science Team Meeting, Virtual
  • 2020, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Virtual
  • 2020, Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Science Team Meeting, Virtual
  • 2019, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Fransisco, California

Research Topics

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change - Coupled Human and Natural Systems
  • Professional
    Co-Chair, American Geophysical Union Early Career Committee
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