Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, Geography,

Expected Graduation May 2025. University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN. Interdisciplinary graduate minor in statistics & data science. Improving small area estimation & validation methodology for forest biometric applications.

Selected Coursework:  Environmental Modeling/Geospatial Analysis, Advanced Remote Sensing, Quantitative Methods, Advanced Quantitative Methods, Statistics, GIS Seminar, Classification & Small Area Estimation.

Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Nagle

Master of Science, Environmental Science and Policy, concentration in Environmental Management, 2018. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Selected Coursework: Environmental GIS, Wetland Ecology & fieldwork, Corporate Environmental Management, Natural Resource Law, Applied Ecology/Ecosystem Management. Topics include remediation, regulatory compliance, sustainable agriculture & forestry/sustainable yield, wetland construction, commercial management tools/needs.

Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Sciences, minor in Chemistry, 2013. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • Environmental Science: Geology, Physical Hydrology, Ecology, Oceanography, Atmosphere + Weather, Natural Hazards, Marine Ecology, Intro to Computer Science, Biology I + II, Physics I + II.
  • Chemistry: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I + II, Thermodynamics & Kinetics, Physical Chemistry I + II, Analytical Chemistry, Solutions Chemistry, completion of honors chemistry sequence. 36 credits in Chemistry Department.


  • American Association of Geographers (AAG), Graduate Student Member, 2023 – Present
  • Graduate Association of Research Geographers at The University of Tennessee (GEOGRADS), Member and Peer Mentor, 2021 – Present


  • Outstanding Student Presentation Award, Joint Conference of Southern and Northeastern Mensurationists (SOMENS/NEMO), October 08-10 2023, Knoxville TN
  • Primary Lead Publication Award, University of Tennessee Department of Geography and Sustainability, 2022


Graduate Research Assistant, August 2022 – Present, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Department of Geography and Sustainability. Perform research on applied small area estimation techniques to US forests under direction of Dr Nicholas Nagle through a cooperative agreement with the US Forest Service.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, August 2021 – July 2022, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Department of Geography and Sustainability. GTA for GEOG 131/137: Weather, Climate, and Climate Change; GEOG 311: Geovisualization and Geographic Information Science. Instructed students in two lab sections, held office hours, assisted with assignments, and graded course assignments and exams.

GIS Specialist V, Akima Systems Engineering, April 2021 – August 2021, and GIS Specialist IV, Natural Systems Analysts, August 2020 – March 2021, United States Geological Survey (USGS) Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Reston VA

  • Created and validated carbon density model for CONUS wetlands. Research published as Uhran et al., 2021a. Data set published on USGS ScienceBase as Uhran et al., 2022.
  • Led a team of scientists to develop a chapter on wetland carbon conditions for an AGU Books monograph on wetlands. Chapter focuses on land cover/land use change, fire management, wetland forests, and other wetland management topics (Uhran et al, 2021b).

Land Change Science Program Independent Contractor (Students & Recent Graduates), August 2018 – August 2020, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Reston VA.

  • Co-organized Alaska Wetland Soil Moisture Mapping and Validation Workshop in Fairbanks, AK, 2019, and published a summary in Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) newsletter. The workshop included two days of research presentations and three days of field visits to remote tundra & boreal forest wetland sites in the Alaskan interior.
  • Collected and catalogued figure and dataset metadata for the Second State of the Carbon Cycle (SOCCR2) interagency report ( as a member of the SOCCR2 Website 1.0 developer team; listed in acknowledgements.
  • Authored white papers and performed data analysis for USGS LandCarbon program on topics related to forest ecology, fire management, the carbon cycle, and coastal processes. Provided data analysis and visualization (R, Python, ArcMap) as a member of the USGS Wetland Carbon Working Group and contributed data to the Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) model (includes forest fire and harvest). Began research published in 2021.

Planetary Protection Intern, March 2017- March 2018. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through a to SETI Institute, Washington, DC

  • First author on a paper (Uhran et al., 2019) detailing international planetary protection policies and requirements for a Mars sample return mission as they have developed from the Apollo era to the present.