Corey Scher

Corey Scher

PhD Student in Earth and Environmental Sciences

City University of New York

I study geohazard vulnerability in regions of political conflict. I was trained in Geology at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Walter Alvarez and gained exposure to environmental data science and Earth observation through a two-year apprenticeship under Professor Laurel Larsen. I moved to New York City on a Master’s-level research fellowship at the City University of New York (CUNY) and am currently a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. My work applies a depth of technical expertise from the Earth sciences and geodesy to study how geohazards both occur and are produced in transboundary, fragile, and conflict-affected situations.

I also collaborate on journalistic and humanitarian investigations at the interface of conflict and environment. Some of my work supporting visual investigations has appeared in news outlets like the BBC, the Guardian, and in contemporary art exhibitions on environmental violence.


  • Geology
  • Geodesy
  • Poltiical ecology
  • Synthetic aperture radar (interferometry)


  • PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, (expected 2024)

    Graduate Center at the City University of New York

  • MS in Geology, 2019

    City University of New York

  • Bachelors in Geology, 2017

    University of California, Berkeley