Dr. Michael E. Garner
Graduate Program Coordinator
Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Office: Dean Hall, Room 110
Phone: 479- 356-2159
PhD., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
MA., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
BS., University of Arkansas - Monticello
Forestry & Wildlife and Fisheries Science (double major)
Dr. Garner’s joined Arkansas Tech University in 2006; previous position was as Director of Geospatial Information Science Program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Prior to UA-Fort Smith he worked for the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and as a Research Specialist in Wildlife Biology for the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas – Monticello. His graduate degree is in GeoSciences (MA) and holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Dynamics (ENDY), both from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. His Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation projects used advanced geospatial technologies to develop methods and protocols for modeling risk in Rural Arkansas.
Dr. Garner has been involved in teaching and/or research since 1978 and has over 18 years experience teaching and using geospatial technologies; geographic information system (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing (RS) technology. He has worked on numerous state-wide land classification and hazard assessment projects. He has been awarded over $130,000 in numerous grants, authored/co-authored 33 papers/scientific articles, and presented papers at 22 conferences and workshops.
Dr. Garner’s research interests are in computer modeling, landscape metrics, Wildland-Urban Interface issues, rural hazards and modeling severe weather risk using advanced technologies such as Gibson Radar technology, GIS, GPS and RS. These include building terrain cost surface models, rural risk assessment and measuring short term climate change effects on severe weather conditions.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Garner is the EMHS Graduate Program Coordinator, these duties include: recruiting potential new students, reviewing graduate college applications, advising and registration graduate students, and assigning thesis committee members. Dr. Garner was promoted to Assistant Professor in August, 2008.