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


  • MS
    University of Minnesota, Applied Economics
  • MS
    University of Wyoming, Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • BS
    (Hons.), University of Iowa, Geography
  • BS
    (Hons.), University of Iowa, Economics


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
Austin Sandler
2176 LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
sandlera [at]
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