Tom Evans
Department of Geography
701 E. Kirkwood Ave., SB 120
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7100

Voice: 812-856-4587
Fax: 812-855-1661
Email: evans at

Current student opportunities

PhD graduate Research Assistantship Opportunities in Geography: Full research support for PhD positions at Indiana University associated with multiple NSF funded projects focused on land change science. Research assistantships are available with the following projects: 1) food security and climate change in Zambia, 2) climate change, irrigation and water governance in Kenya and Western United States, 3) Remote sensing of forest ecosystem dynamics in the Midwest United States. Research activities will include field work and data analysis.

Students will have the opportunity to work with students and faculty associated with several research centers on campus focused on multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of Coupled-Natural Systems including the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC) and the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

We seek students with proficiency in one or more of the following areas: GIS, remote sensing, statistical analysis of household-level survey data, and spatial modeling (especially agent-based modeling). For more information see the webpages listed below.

Interested students should contact Dr. Tom Evans ( with a CV and brief research statement.

Indiana University Department of Geography
Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC)
Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

A brief statement

My area of research falls within the domain of human-environment relations and human dimensions of global change, and this typically defines the research assistantship opportunities on my projects. There is an emphasis on GIS and remote sensing on most of my projects, but students don't necessarily need to have a background in GIS/RS depending on the project. You can find more information about my research and projects at the Publications and Research links above. A common theme across my research projects is a strong thread of multi-disciplinarity. I collaborate with colleagues from Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Environmental Science (among others) and encourage students to also take advantage of the multidisciplinary culture at Indiana University in their research.

The Statement of Research Interests is a particularly critical part of the application and admission process. We use this document to identify if we are a good fit for you and you are a good fit for us. While I do apply GIS in my research, a stated interest in GIS without mentioning an application area (e.g. land use change, social aspects of vulnerability, land use policies) does not demonstrate a good match to my research. While many students I work with do have a GIS or RS background, it is important to have an interest in applying those methods to a topical area of me or other faculty in the department.

Funding is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships and our department traditionally offers all students either a research or teaching assistantship. Admitted students usually are offered a minimum of four semesters (MA or MS) or eight semesters (PhD) of teaching assistantship support, although many students enter with research assistantship support. Note international students must have a TOEFL score of 630 or higher to be eligible for teaching assistanthips.

If you are interested in applying I encourage you to contact me so I can tell you about what current projects I have (Email: evans at If you have specific questions about admission requirements or our graduate program in general, please contact the Graduate Secretary or Faculty director of our graduate program (contact information here).


We provide all students with office space in the Student Building (shared by the Departments of Geography and Anthropology) including a desktop computer with standard software used in the discipline of Geography (SPSS, ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, IDRISI...). The Student Building also houses four public computing clusters (2 Windows, 1 Mac, 1 Unix). IU's Geography/Map Library is also located in the Student Building and provides easy access to hardcopy journals, map collections, census data and other useful resources (tour). We have several departmental servers for graduate student data storage that complement the infrastructure provided by IU's centralized Oncourse system.

Elsewhere on campus are a more specialized facilities available to students. These include the computing lab at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change, the Interdisciplinary Experimental Lab and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (including the Workshop Library).

Indiana University also has several centralized computing systems available for data storage and CPU intensive computing tasks. These include the AVIDD cluster, the Massive Data Storage Service. General information on IU's computing infrastructure.

IU's University Information Technology Services unit includes full-time technical computing staff dedicated to GIS and Remote sensing support. This group provides technical expertise, software license administration and management of campus wide site licenses. The UITS DMS group also hosts the Indiana Spatial Data Portal - a clearinghouse of various GIS datasets for Indiana. Through our current licensing agreements with ESRI and ERDAS, students enrolled in GIS classes are able to get free one-year licenses to ArcGIS software for installation on personal computers, and discounted student licenses of ERDAS Imagine.

Other helpful information:

Minimum requirements for admission to the graduate school at Indiana University (GRE, TOEFL, GPA)

Online Application to IU graduate program, including MA/MS/PhD program in Geography

About IU and Bloomington:

Indiana Univeristy is located in Bloomington, Indiana - a medium sized city (county population ~100,000) located in the forested, rolling hills of south-central Indiana. The City of Bloomington offers a progressive culture and wide array of amenities typical of college oriented towns. You can find more information about Bloomington here:

Indiana University - About Bloomington
Indiana University Visitor Information Center
Bloomington Visitors Bureau