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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rana N. Jawarneh, Ph.D
Associate Professor of GIS & Remote Sensing


  • Ph.D. Geography (GIS/RS), University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, 2008-2012 (GPA 4.0).
  • ​​M.A. Geography (GIS/RS), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2006-2008 (GPA 4.0).
  • B.A. Geography, Yarmouk University, 2001-2004 (GPA 90.2).


Dr. Rana N Jawarneh joined the department of geography in Summer 2012 after finishing her Ph.D from the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, OU (USA). During her Ph.D., She was an alumni fellow as a distinguished Ph.D student, teaching assistant, and instructor. At OU,  Dr. Jawarneh developed a robust GIS framework for building an accurate and compatible historical land cover timeline to meet the growing interests of the drivers and impacts of landscape changes. She also introduced an environmental-historical approach to investigate the relationships and feedbacks among past and future development patterns and certain environmental factors ( i.e., slope, water adjacency) across physiographically-heterogeneous regions in the USA. Earlier in May 2008, she obtained her Master's degree from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In her Master's thesis, she assessed the relationship between land-use dynamics and land degradation in northwestern Al-Mafraq City, Jordan.   

Dr.R N Jawarneh continues to investigate the Spatio-temporal patterns of land cover changes in marginal areas in the Middle East and evaluate the impacts of environment and institutional policies on land changes and consequently on sustainable development. She also continues to model the past and future urban patterns in Jordan using well-known urban growth models such as SLEUTH. Recently, she developed the first-ever national land cover database for Jordan at 30-m resolution from remote sensing and different spatial ancillary data. This database represents the base maps for change detection studies, land degradation, carbon flux, and for many other research applications in land and natural resource management. For this achievement, she was awarded the  Prestigious Award for Distinguished Research in the fields of humanities and national security by the Scientific Research Support Fund, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Jordan 2019.