Jordan  Cissell
Assistant Professor of Geography
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Geography and Sociology
248 Ingalls Hall

Jordan Cissell was born and raised on Keel Mountain in Gurley, Alabama. He came to Samford in Fall 2020. His research integrates field observations, remote sensing, and GIS to study human-environment interactions, particularly in coastal and marine landscapes in Central America and the Caribbean. His past and present research projects include study sites in Belize, the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, the Florida Everglades, and Romania, and he has worked in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, NASA, and the National Park Service.

Cissell loves interacting with students in the classroom and in the field, and he encourages students who are interested in geography or the environment to reach out about research opportunities. He teaches a variety of courses, including Global Geography, Environmental Geography and Mapping a Changing World.

In his free time, Cissell enjoys reading, walking, running, weightlifting and birding. He is also trying to learn how to fly fish (so far without much success!).


Ph.D., Geography, University of Alabama
M.S., Geography, University of Alabama
B.S., Accounting, University of Alabama


• Cissell, J.R. (In press). Hurricane Dorian and Landscapes of Recovery in the Bahamas. FOCUS on Geography.

• Cissell, J.R., and M.K. Steinberg. (2020). Human Landscape Modification in Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize: Possible Implications for Crocodile Hybridization. Journal of Latin American Geography 19(2): 218-242.

• Skeeter, W.J., J.R. Reed, J.R. Cissell, R. Islam, and D.J. Keellings. (2019). ‘What can we do?’: Exploratory study on undergraduate student climate change perceptions. The Geographical Bulletin 60(2): 149-161.

• Muñoz, D.F., J.R. Cissell, and H. Moftakhari. (2019). Adjusting Emergent Wetland Elevation with OBIA, Random Forest and the 2016 NLCD. Remote Sensing 11(20): 2346.

• Steinberg, M.K., and J.R. Cissell. (2019). Beyond the Photographs: What the Images of Hemingway’s Fish Don’t Tell Us. In Hemingway in the Digital Age: Reflections on Teaching, Reading, and Understanding, ed. L. Godfrey. The Kent State University Press, 31-41.

• Sweetman, B.M., J.R. Cissell, S.B. Rhine, and M.K. Steinberg. (2019). Land Cover Changes on Ambergris Caye, Belize: A Case Study of Unregulated Tourism Development. The Professional Geographer 71(1): 123-134.

• Cissell, J.R., and M.K. Steinberg. (2019). Mapping forty years of mangrove cover trends and their implications for flats fisheries in Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba. Environmental Biology of Fishes 102: 417-427.

• LaFevor, M.C., J.R. Cissell, and J.A. Misfeldt. (2018). Agave Cultivation, Terracing, and Conservation in Mexico. FOCUS on Geography 61. DOI: 10.21690/foge/2017.61.1f

• Cissell, J.R., A.M. Delgado, B.M. Sweetman, and M.K. Steinberg. (2018). Monitoring Mangrove Forest Dynamics in Campeche, Mexico, Using Landsat Satellite Data. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 9: 60-68.

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