Areas of Interest

  • Economic Development and Growth
  • Land-Use and Ecosystem Services
  • Econometrics and Spatial Economics
  • Economic History and Rhetoric
  • Geographic Information Science and Geovisulation


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of Minnesota, Applied Economics
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of Wyoming, Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    (Hons.), University of Iowa, Geography
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    (Hons.), University of Iowa, Economics


  • George M. Phillips Public Service Initiative Award, University of Maryland
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean's Fellowship, University of Maryland
  • Comprehensive Funding Award, University of Wyoming
  • Certificate of Academic Excellence in Economics, University of Iowa
  • Economics Faculty Recognition Scholarship, University of Iowa
  • Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship, University of Iowa


  • Evaluating the latent determinants of childhood malnutrition in Kenya and Nigeria: a hierarchical analysis American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., April 3-7, 2019.
  • Reemployment Options in Appalachian Ohio's Coal Economy: A Skillshed Analysis. Mid-Continent Regional Science Association 48th Annual Conference. Oregon, Ohio, June 7-9, 2017.
  • State of the Region. The Sixth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference: A New Era in Economic Resiliency. Athens, Ohio, May 23, 2017.
  • Change Strategies for the Future of Grassland Birds in the Midwest: A Conservation Deliberation. Society for Conservation Biology, North American Congress for Conservation Biology Conference. Madison, Wisconsin, July 17-20, 2016.

Research Topics

  • Human Dimensions of Global Change - Coupled Human and Natural Systems
  • Land Cover - Land Use Change
  • Graduate Representative, Department of Geographical Sciences Graduate Committee
  • Member, Department of Geographical Sciences Department Committee
  • Executive Member, Geographical Sciences Graduate Student Organization
  • Member, Department of Geographical Sciences Department Orientation Committee
Austin Sandler
2176 LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
sandlera [at]
Office Hours
By appointment