College of Arts & Sciences

UNCW Associate Professor Narcisa Pricope Receives Fulbright Research and Teaching Award

MARCH 28, 2019

UNCW Associate Professor of Geography Narcisa Pricope has received a Fulbright Award to research landscape degradation and teach courses in satellite remote sensing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) photogrammetry at the University of Namibia.

Pricope, an expert in land change science, water resources and climate change, will work with international researchers to address the linkages between land degradation and livelihoods in Namibia and the larger Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area as part of a global effort to achieve land degradation neutrality.

“Receiving the Fulbright Scholar Award to teach and work alongside colleagues at the University of Namibia is an opportunity of unprecedented significance for my career and a dream come true,” she said.

Pricope has collaborated with the University of Namibia since 2009 conducting National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research on land systems dynamics and population vulnerability in the southern and eastern African drylands.

“I hope to establish long lasting relationships that will translate into collaborative research efforts, exchanges and opportunities for both U.S.- and African-based students and, hopefully, a memorandum of understanding between UNCW and the University of Namibia.”

Pricope is the first recipient of the American Association of Geographers Distinguished Emerging African Scholar Award. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive, merit-based grant for the international educational exchange of students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. UNCW was named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year among master’s institutions.

 -G. Guthrie