Karen C. Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science; Senior Associate Dean of Research; Director of Doctoral Studies

Teaching Statement

I want to train the next generation of geographers and urban scientists. Just as the invention of the microscope provided a new lens to view science, modern geographic tools such as remote sensing, big data, and spatial analysis provide a fresh perspective on the world, urban areas, and the relationship between urbanization and the environment.



My teaching philosophy rests on three tenets: integrating students in research, developing writing skills, and fostering systems thinking. My approach to education mirrors my research: I emphasize interdisciplinary training that is hands-on and cutting-edge. I find mentoring and teaching students fulfilling because it offers an opportunity for me to engage and collaborate with the next generation of scholars and leaders. 



I offer a range of classes, from technical courses on urban remote sensing and digital image processing to seminars on urban mitigation of climate change.