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