Faculty Profile

Elyse Zavar

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Emergency Management and Disaster Science
College
College of Health and Public Service

    

Education

PhD, Texas State University, 2014.
Major: Environmental Geography
Dissertation Title: The Value of Open Space: A Geographic Case Study of Floodplain Buyouts in Lexington, Kentucky.
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010.
Major: Geography
Degree Specialization: Biogeography
Dissertation Title: Holocene Vegetation Change in the Western Siberian Lowlands Based Upon Comparison of Fossil and Modern Pollen Assemblages
BA, College of Wooster, 2007.
Major: Geology

Current Scheduled Teaching*

EMDS 5950.002, Master's Thesis, Summer 2021

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

EADP 3035.001, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
EMDS 5950.003, Master's Thesis, Spring 2021
EADP 3020.001, Practical Methods in Emergency Management, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
EMDS 5615.001, Environmental Planning and Hazards, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
EADP 4951.702, Honors College Capstone Thesis, Fall 2020
EMDS 5950.002, Master's Thesis, Fall 2020
EADP 3020.001, Practical Methods in Emergency Management, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
EADP 3035.001, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Spring 2020 Syllabus
EMDS 5950.003, Master's Thesis, Spring 2020
EADP 3020.001, Practical Methods in Emergency Management, Spring 2020 Syllabus
EADP 3035.001, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
EMDS 5950.002, Master's Thesis, Fall 2019
EADP 3020.001, Practical Methods in Emergency Management, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
EADP 3035.002, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
EADP 3020.001, Practical Methods in Emergency Management, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
EMDS 5615.001, Environmental Planning and Hazards, Fall 2018 SPOT
EADP 3020.002, Practical Methods in Emergency Management, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
EMDS 6800.004, Seminar in Emergency Management and Disaster Science, Fall 2018 SPOT
EADP 3035.002, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
EADP 4900.001, Special Problems, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
EADP 3035.001, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
EADP 3035.002, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapter
Roe, S., Zavar, E. (2018). Geographically Gated Communities: why indirect segregation is the new normal. Collective Action. Rowman & Littlefield.
Zavar, E., Hagelman III, R. R., Rugeley II, W. M. (2015). Site, situation, and property owner decision- making after the 2002 Guadalupe River flood. Evolving Approaches to Understanding Natural Hazards. 458-470. . Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Journal Article
Zavar, E., Fischer, L. Fractured landscapes: The racialization of home buyout programs and climate adaptation. Other.
Roe, S. M., Zavar, E. Understanding the Role of Wrongdoing in Technological Disasters: Utilizing ecofeminist philosophy to examine commemoration. Other.
Zavar, E., Schumann, R. (2020). Post-disaster communalism: Land use, ownership, and the shifting ‘publicness’ of urban space in recovery. Environmental Hazards. 19(4), 398-416.
Zavar, E., Lavy, B., Hagelman III, R. R. (2020). Chain tourism in post-disaster recovery. Other. 20(4), 429-449.
Zavar, E., Hann, D. G. (2020). Commemoration through Cookbooks: A Recipe for Post-disaster Recovery. Other. 52(2), 45-59. THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR LANDSCAPE, PLACE, & MATERIAL CULTURE. http://www.pioneeramerica.org/materialculturecurrent.html
Zavar, E., Nelan, M. (2020). Disaster Drills as Experiential Learning Opportunities for Geographic Education. Other.
Brokopp Binder, S., Greer, A., Zavar, E. (2020). Home Buyouts: A Tool for Mitigation or Recovery?. Other. 29(4), 497-510.
Nelan, M., Zavar, E., Ray, S. (2019). Chasing Utopia: Disaster Memorial Volunteers at the Joplin Memorial Race. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 44, 101413.
Zavar, E., Schumann, R. (2019). Patterns of Disaster Commemoration in Long-Term Recovery. Geographical Review. 109(2), 157-179.
Massa, A., Zavar, E., Lavy, B., Graves, S. (2018). Fragmented forest: A case study examining historical land management and current urban forest health. Other. 10, 27-45.
Zavar, E., Hagelman III, R. (2018). Resilient Landscapes: The Reconstruction of Connecticut Following the 1938 Hurricane.. The Professional Geographer. 70(3), 443-452.
Zavar, E. (2018). An analysis of floodplain buyout memorials: four examples from central U.S. floods of 1993–1998. GeoJournal. 84(1), 157-179. Springer. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10708-018-9855-6
Zavar, E., Hagelman, R., Lavy, B., Prince, B. (2017). Land-Use Change at Temporary Group-Housing Sites in Post-Katrina Louisiana. Natural Hazards Review. 18(3), 04017003. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(asce)nh.1527-6996.0000243
Zavar, E. (2016). The role of magnetic agents in shaping post-disaster land use. Other. 56, 38-46. Elsevier BV. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.04.037
Zavar, E., Hagelman III, R. R. (2016). Land use change on U.S. floodplain buyout sites, 1990-2000. Other. 25(3), 360-374. Emerald. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/dpm-01-2016-0021
Zavar, E., Hagelman, R. R., Rugeley, M. (2015). Site, situation, and property owner decision- making after the 2002 Guadalupe River flood. Other. 35, 249-257.
Zavar, E. (2015). Residential perspectives: the value of Floodplain- buyout open space. Geographical Review. 105(1), 78-95. Wiley-Blackwell. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1931-0846.2014.12047.x
Hagelman, R. R., Connolly, M. H., Zavar, E., Dahal, K. R. (2012). Disaster reconstruction and business geography following the 2007 Greensburg, Kansas Tornado. Environmental Hazards. 11(4), 283-302. Informa UK Limited. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17477891.2012.689249
Zatoń, M., Wilson, M. A., Zavar, E. (2011). Diverse sclerozoan assemblages encrusting large bivalve shells from the Callovian (Middle Jurassic) of southern Poland. Other. 307(1-4), 232-244. Elsevier BV. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.05.022
Magazine/Trade Publication
Zavar, E., Brokopp Binder, S., Greer, A. (2019). Taking the Long View: Improving Home Buyout Programs Through Community Involvement. https://efficientgov.com/blog/2019/10/21/taking-the-long-view-improving-home-buyout-programs-through-community-involvement/
Zavar, E., Greer, A., Brokopp Binder, S. (2019). After Disaster: Why Home Buyout Programs Fizzle Out. https://efficientgov.com/blog/2019/05/28/after-disaster-why-home-buyout-programs-fizzle-out
Research Report
Zavar, E., Lavy, B., Hagelman III, R. (2019). Recovery of tourism-based economies along Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey. Quick Response Grant Research Report. https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/recovery-of-tourism-based-economies-on-the-texas-gulf-coast-after-hurricane-harvey

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Fellowship
Zavar, E., "Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship," Sponsored by National Academies of Science, National, $76000 Funded. (September 1, 2020August 31, 2022).
Grant - Research
Zavar, E. (Principal), Greer, A. (Co-Principal), Binder, S. (Co-Principal), "Forced relocation after Floods," Sponsored by UNT Research Seed Grant, University of North Texas, $8000 Funded. (August 2020July 2021).
Zavar, E. (Principal), Greer, A. (Co-Principal), Binder, S. (Co-Principal), "Exploring the Design and Implementation of Buyout Programs in Post-Disaster," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $19975 Funded. (September 2018January 2020).
Zavar, E. (Principal), Lavy, B. (Co-Principal), Hagelman, R. (Co-Principal), "Recovery of tourism-based economies along the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey," Sponsored by University of Colorado Boulder Quick Response Grant, International, $2000 Funded. (July 2018July 2018).
Zavar, E., "Greensburg, KS Reconstruction," Sponsored by Southern Connecticut State University, Other, $5000 Funded. (20162016).
Zavar, E., "Dissertation Research Grant," Sponsored by AAG, Other, $500 Funded. (20132013).
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    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
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