Courtney Thompson

Courtney Thompson

Assistant Professor

Faculty Fellow:

NSF Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program, TAMU Institute for Sustainable Communities (IfSC), TAMU Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center (HRRC)

  (979) 458-1096

  Eller O&M 803D


Dr. Thompson’s research in human-environment interactions examines relationships between social systems and natural hazard impacts using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, including GIS, survey analysis, and spatial statistics. Past research projects have included emergency management and hazard response assessments, hazard probability and potential hazards impact on public health, affordable housing, and hazmat-specific planning. Her current research examines how multiscalar indicators influence vulnerability using spatial, multilevel statistical models. Other current research projects are focused on identifying and quantifying the impact of risk perception and agency indicators on community vulnerability through the statistical analysis of survey data to enhance community scale hazard mitigation assessments with non-traditional vulnerability indicators.


Current Students:


Graduated Students:

  • Daniella Edey (M.S., 2020)
  • Matthew Billman (M.S., 2020)

Prospective Students:

Are you accepting new students for Fall 2022?

No, not at this time.

Selected Publications

* indicates student author


*Edey, D., Thompson, C.M., Hammond, T., & Cherian, J. (2021). Online Local Natural Hazards Education for Young Adults: Assessing Program Efficacy and Changes in Risk Perception. Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

*Karaye, I., Taylor, N., Perez Patron, M., Thompson, C. M., Horney, J. A. (2021). Factors Associated with Hurricane Evacuation: A Statistical Meta-Analysis of Studies, 1999-2018. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-9.

*Swienton, H., Thompson, C. M., *Billman, M., Bowlick, F., Goldberg, D., Klein, A., Horney, J., & Hammond, T. (2021). Direct Injuries and Fatalities of Texas Tornado Outbreaks from 1973 to 2007. The Professional Geographer.


Sansom, G. Aarvig, K. Sansom, L. Thompson, C. M., Fawkes, L., & L. Katare, A. (2020). Understanding Risk Communication and Willingness to Follow Emergency Recommendations Following Anthropogenic Disasters. Journal of Environmental Justice: Special Issue: Hurricanes, Man-Made Disasters, and Environmental Injustice in the Gulf Coast.

*Karaye, I.M., Thompson, C. M., Perez‐Patron, M., Taylor, N. & Horney, J.A. (2020). Estimating Evacuation Shelter Deficits in the Houston–Galveston Metropolitan Area. Risk Analysis. doi:

Thompson, C. M., & Dezzani, R. J. (2020). Examining relationships between traditional vulnerability data proxies and hurricane risk perception indicators. Journal of Risk Research, 1-28. doi:


Thompson, C. M., Dezzani, R. J., & Radil, S.M. (2019). Modeling multiscalar influences on natural hazards vulnerability: a case study of coastal hazards in Sarasota County, Florida. GeoJournal. doi:

*Karaye, I. M., Ross, A. D., Perez-Patron, M., Thompson, C. M., Taylor, N., & Horney, J. A. (2019b). Factors associated with self-reported mental health of residents exposed to Hurricane Harvey. Progress in Disaster Science, 2, 100016, doi:

*Karaye, I., Thompson, C. M., Horney, J. A. (2019a). Evacuation shelter deficits for socially vulnerable Texas residents during Hurricane Harvey. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology. doi:


Thompson, C. M., Frazier, T. G. & Vachon, M. (2016). Opportunities and constraints to rural HAZMAT risk reduction. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 13(1), 51–75. doi:


Frazier, T. G., Thompson, C. M., & Dezzani, R. J. (2014). A framework for the development of the SERV model: A Spatially Explicit Resilience-Vulnerability model. Applied Geography, 51(3), 158-172. doi:

Thompson, C. M., & Frazier, T. G. (2014). Deterministic and probabilistic flood modeling for contemporary and future coastal and inland precipitation inundation. Applied Geography, 50(0), 1-14. doi:


Frazier, T. G., Thompson, C. M., Dezzani, R. J., & Butsick, D. (2013). Spatial and temporal quantification of resilience at the community scale. Applied Geography, 42(0), 95-107. doi:

Frazier, T. G., Walker, M. H., Kumari, A., & Thompson, C. M. (2013). Opportunities and constraints to hazard mitigation planning. Applied Geography. 40(0), 52-60. doi:


  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Idaho - 2017
  • M.S. Geography, University of Idaho - 2012
  • B.S. Geography, New Mexico State University - 2010

Additional Information


  • GEOG 201 - Introduction to Human Geography (in-person and online)
  • GEOG 390/660 - Principles in GIS / Applications in GIS
  • GEOG 360 - Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 619 - Human Impact on the Environment (Graduate Seminar)

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