Faculty Profile

Lisa Keys-Mathews, Ph. D., GISP



Ph.D.  University of Memphis
M.S.  University of South Carolina
B.A.  University of North Alabama

Research Interests:

Dr. Keys-Mathews' research interests include environmental hazards, social vulnerability, disaster recovery, and the application of GIS modeling and remote sensing to analysis of spatial patterns in those topic areas.  In addition, she is interested in geography education including incorporating GIS into the K-12 classroom and use of mobile devices to teach geography in middle and high schools.  Her experience prior to arriving at UNA was in the private sector as a part of the defense industry (strategic missile defense, battlefield deployment of GIS, oil and gas, and business development).  She currently serves as Co-Coordinator of the Alabama Geographic Alliance with Dr. Bill Strong, and was elected to the Alliance Coordinator Advisory Council (Vice Chair 2011-2012; Chair 2013) which represents interests to National Geographic Society of alliance coordinators from across the country. 

Currently, Dr. Keys-Mathews is director of the University of North Alabama’s Quality Enhancement Plan “Building Success through Discovery:  Imagine, Investigate, Communicate” which involves incorporation of undergraduate research into degree programs at UNA.  She enjoys traveling, being outdoors on the river or in the woods, riding her wave-runner, being with family, and working through a bucket list of places to visit.  Through her research, she has traveled internationally to work in Peru, Costa Rica, Philippines, China, Marshall Islands, and Spain.  She has lived in Germany, South Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama.

Selected Publications:

Wallace, Z. C., Keys-Mathews, L., and Hill, A. A. (in progress).  Risk Perception to Tornado Hazards:  Case Study of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg, Alabama.

Walkington, H., Griffin, A. L., Keys-Mathews, L., Metoyer, S. K., Miller, W. E.,  Baker, R ., France, D. (2011). Embedding Research-Based Learning Early in the Undergraduate Geography Curriculum. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35 (3), 1-16.

Keys-Mathews, L.   (2010).   Image Processing in Encyclopedia of Geography­.   Barney Warf, Editor.  Sage Publications.  ISBN:  9781412956970

Hill, A.A.; Keys-Mathews, L.D.; Adams, B.J., and Podolsky, D, (2006).  Remote Sensing and Recovery: A Case Study on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response (Cambridge, United Kingdom).

Estaville, L., Brown, B. Keys-Mathews, L., and W. Strong. (2006). Educating Business Geographers.  GeoSpatial Solutions.


GE 321 - Economic Geography
GE 384 - Geographic Information Systems
GE 404 - Environmental Hazards
GE 454 - Remote Sensing
GE 484 - Projects in Geographic Information Science
GE 610 - Seminar in Geospatial Science

Graduate Students:

Bradley Baker (Advisor)
Cayla Buttram (Advisor)
Robert Nall (Advisor)
Will Walker '12 (Advisor)
Zeb Wallace '12 (Advisor)