Current or prospective students at The University of Arizona interested in the intersection of climate change, urban planning, and how cities can mitigate and manage heat, may contact me for current opportunities.
Degree programs that I am a faculty member of and affiliated with include:
- B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments (Chair)
- M.S. in Urban Planning (Faculty Member)
- PhD in Arid Lands Resource Sciences (Affiliated Faculty Member)
- PhD Minor in Global Change (Affiliated Faculty Member)
Information on applying to The University of Arizona can be found here.
Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences Candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Ida Sami is a candidate for Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences. She is working as a Graduate Research Associate to identify how the universal thermal comfort index (UTCI) is reliable and useful in evaluating outdoor thermal comfort at the urban scale. Her research interests include climate-sensitive urban planning and outdoor thermal comfort evaluation, sustainable development, climate adaptation, and community resilience planning. Currently, her research explores how climate-sensitive planning strategies are deployed to improve the outdoor thermal comfort for pedestrians in hot and arid climate region.
Ida holds a BS (2012) and an MS (2014) both in Architectural Engineering from Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia with a master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design (2018). During her second masters, she was selected to participate in the DEVELOP National Program at the University of Georgia and worked on the Eastern India Eco Forecasting project.
Erika Lynn Schmidt
Master of Architecture Student
Graduate Research Assistant
Erika Schmidt is a graduate student at the University of Arizona who is pursuing her Master of Architecture degree. With a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments (2020), Erika has worked with Dr. Keith during her undergrad to further understand urban heat resilience and adaptation. Her evaluation of Tempe, Arizona’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), as well as her graphic design work, has led to her current position as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Keith’s NOAA-funded research projects.
Beyond enhancing her knowledge of urban planning, architecture, and climate change through her education, Erika is fascinated with the theme park industry. More specifically, she is interested in understanding how design, through urban planning and architecture, has the ability to bring imagination into reality. With a career aspiration of working as an architect, urban planner, or show set designer for one of America’s most loved theme parks, Erika hopes to one day utilize her background in architecture and sustainability to assist in the creation of themed environments.
Dual Master of Landscape Architecture and M.S. in Urban Planning Student
Graduate Assistant and Roots for Resilience Data Science Fellow
Master of Landscape Architecture Student
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow
Hunter Lohse is currently completing his 3rd and final year of CAPLA’s Master of Landscape Architecture program. Hunter will support Dr. Keith with the U.S. CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to develop strategies and programs to help vulnerable communities prepare for the health effects of climate change in Pima County. Part of this effort involves incorporating complex atmospheric data and both short and long-range climate projections into public health planning and response activities. By combining atmospheric data and projections with epidemiological analysis, this research will allow health officials to more effectively anticipate, prepare for, and respond to a range of climate-sensitive health impacts.
Hunter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel Design. He is a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellow and has been recognized for his research on water harvesting by the Graduate and Professional Student Council, earning 2nd Prize in both the Environmental Impact and Sustainability categories at the 2020-2021 Student Research Showcase.
B.S. in Organizational Leadership (2010)
M.S. in Health and Kinesiology (2012)
M.S. in Planning (2015)
Ph.D. in Geography (2021)
B.S. in Earth System Science
Master of Landscape Architecture Student (2020)
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments (2016)
M.S. in Planning (2017)
Currently a Senior Consultant at ILLUME Advising, LLC