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OHIO’s Voinovich School to participate on $4.5 million USDA study

Five-year program to explore agriculture and water management on tribal lands

Voinovich School Staff Mar 24, 2015

Ohio University receives Silver rating on first STARS report

Olivia Miltner, OU Compass contributor Mar 24, 2015

Environmental Studies Director Dabelko leads climate change talk at Purdue

Courtesy of Purdue University News Mar 20, 2015

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission State of the Region 

Hilton Downtown Columbus 
Thu, Apr 2 11:00 AM


Land Researchers

Jennifer Bowman, M.S. (Geology, Ohio University)


Bowman is senior environmental project manager at the Voinovich School and works regularly with the School’s environmental, water and GIS teams. She has developed an online interactive evaluation system for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management to track successes of acid mine drainage remediation in Appalachian coal watersheds. She also teaches the course “Credible Data Training for Chemical Water Quality Assessment” and coordinates the training of area watersheds volunteers in family-level macroinvertebrate sampling. Other research interest include: evaluating headwater streams’ biological health, PCB contamination of stream sediments, and long-term monitoring of surface water to show trends in chemical and biological changes.

Areas of Research: Water, Data, Land, Shale

Geoffrey L. Buckley, Ph.D. (Geography, University of Maryland)


Buckley is an associate professor of geography. He has served as the chair of the Faculty Senate Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee and also as a member of the non-profit organization Rural Action’s Environmental Learning Program Advisory Council. His research interests include: historical geography and environmental history; examining environmental problems using a historical perspective; natural resource conservation; American environmentalism; public lands; the interaction of nature and society; and the effect of coal mining on Appalachia’s forest and water resources.

Areas of Research: Land, Water

Annie Laurie Cadmus, M.S. (College Student Personnel Administration, Illinois State University)


Cadmus currently serves as the director of sustainability at Ohio University. Most recently, she served as the sustainability specialist at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL where she worked closely with the Illinois Green Economy Network. Her interest in the role sustainability plays in the student leadership development process was refined during her previous work experiences at both Alliance for Climate Education in Chicago, IL and Green Mountain College in Poultrey, VT.

Areas of Research: Land, Water, Energy, Data

Geoffrey Dabelko, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Studies


Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Ohio University Voinovich School Environmental Studies program. He joined the School in August 2012 and was previoulsy director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, a nonpartisan research-policy forum on environment, population, health, development, and security issues. He is also an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. For the past 20 plus years, he has brought together policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and scholars grappling with complex links among environment, population, development, conflict, and security. His current research focuses on climate change, natural resources, and security as well as environmental pathways to confidence-building and peacebuilding, with a special emphasis on water resources. Geoff has held prior positions with the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He currently leads two Wilson Center efforts supported by USAID: the Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security (HELPS) Project and the Resources for Peace Project. Geoff is co-editor with Ken Conca of Environmental Peacemaking and Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics (4th edition). He is an IPCC lead author for the 5th assessment (Working Group II, Chapter 12), and member of the UN Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. He holds an AB in political science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Policy, Water

Sarah Davis, Ph.D. (Biology, West Virginia University)


Davis, an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in energy bioscience, biogeochemistry and eco-physiology, is an assistant professor of environmental studies. Her research analyzes greenhouse gas fluxes of managed landscapes, the potential for sustainable bioenergy development, and carbon sequestration. Active research projects include (i) an experiment testing Agave spp., a group of obligate CAM plants, as bioenergy feedstocks in semi-arid regions, (ii) a study of the environmental and economic viability of advanced cellulosic bioenergy on abandoned agricultural land, (iii) development of a model for long-term carbon sequestration in forests that incorporate age-related physiological changes and responses to climate change, and (iv) a global analysis of bioenergy resources. Davis teaches graduate courses in ecology and environmental issues and bioenergy systems.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Policy, Air, Data

Jared L. DeForest, Ph.D. (Soil Ecology & Biogeochemistry, University of Michigan)


DeForest is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. His research goals are to improve our understanding of how the soil environment alters the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, either natural or anthropogenic. Most of his research involves investigating the influence of soil microorganisms mediating the availability and cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. One active project, funded by NSF, involves understanding the impact of soil pH and phosphorus on nutrient cycling and productivity in acidic hardwood forests. Another project is investigating the impact of weather and micro-climate on capacity of forest ecosystems to sequester carbon. DeForest’s research draws from soil science, ecosystem ecology, microbial ecology and forestry.

Areas of Research: Land

James Dyer, Ph.D. (Geography, University of Georgia)


Dyer is a professor in the Department of Geography. His expertise is in biogeography, landscape ecology and forest dynamics. Dyer’s research focuses on eastern North American forests, especially the patterns that emerge from the interactions of the physical environment, biotic processes and disturbance. He explores vegetation-site relationships to assess the impact of future climatic change and evaluate changes related to historic land use patterns. He examines the role of historic land use in shaping the present-day flora of central Appalachian forests. Dyer served as a co-PI on an EPA STAR grant that developed a classification system for gauging stream health.

Areas of Research: Land, Water

Brad Jokisch, Ph.D. (Geography, Clark University)


Jokisch is an associate professor of geography. His research interests lie within geography's tradition of nature-society studies, such as agricultural systems, land degradation, cultural change and landscape modification. As an offshoot of his interest in agricultural systems and rural landscapes, he has developed research interests in international migration and population studies. Jokisch's primary regional interest is Latin America, especially the Ecuadorian Andes.

Areas of Research: Land

G. Jason Jolley, Ph.D. (Public Administration, North Carolina State University)


Jolley will serve as an assistant professor of rural economic development for the School beginning in January 2013. He most recently served as an adjunct assistant professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School and as the senior research director for the Carolina Center for Competitive Economies (C3E) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He led C3E’s research activities in local/state economic development incentive policy evaluation and development, strategic planning, impact analysis, and industry cluster characterization to address issues of economic competitiveness. Jolley received his M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee and his B.A. in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Areas of Research: Data, Land, Policy

Natalie Kruse, Ph.D. (Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University)


Kruse is an assistant professor of environmental studies at the Voinovich School. She has worked on projects studying post-mining and post-industrial pollution for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management, the U.S. Department of Energy, the UK Coal Authority, Coal India, and many local watershed groups. Her research interests include prediction, characterization and mitigation of mining and industrial pollution.

Areas of Research: Water, Land, Data

Sunggyu "KB" Lee, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)


Lee is the director of the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Laboratory, and since September 2010, he has held the positions of Russ Ohio Research Scholar in Syngas Utilization and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. He worked previously at the University of Akron, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Lee is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored, edited and published countless publications, and received research grants for more than 100 projects.  He has received 31 U.S. patents and over 80 international patents. His research specialties are in the areas of transportation and alternative fuels, advanced coal technology, remediation of contaminated soil, treatment of wastewater and drinking water, chemical process engineering and design, advanced supercritical fluid technology, and polymer synthesis and processing.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water, Land

Nancy Manring, Ph.D. (Natural Resource Policy and Administration, University of Michigan)


Manring is an associate professor of political science. She is also the director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program and associate director of the Master of Science in Environmental Studies Program. Her research interests include: the institutionalization of collaborative dispute resolution processes in natural resource management; and the organizational and political dimensions of ecosystem management.

Areas of Research: Policy, Land

Scott Miller, M.S. (Environmental Studies, Ohio University)


Miller is director of energy and environmental programs at the Voinovich School and oversees Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3); the Appalachian Watershed Research Group; and applied research projects for the Environmental Studies program. He works with many stakeholders to shape and implement programs that elevate and enhance Ohio University’s research; serves on numerous local and statewide public and private boards to improve the natural environment of the region and accelerate the deployment of energy technology; and acts as a liaison to connect state and federal agencies and local stakeholders to the university’s resources to improve the quality of life of all Ohioans. Miller was recently named a 2010 National Energy Executive with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado; he is board chair for the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio; he is the principle program manager for the State of Ohio’s Climate Change Action Plan in partnership with The Ohio State University; and he serves on a management team that administers Ohio University’s research and community involvement with demolition and decontamination activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a cold-war era uranium enrichment facility.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Water, Policy, Air, Data, Shale

Willem Roosenberg, Ph.D. (Biology, University of Pennsylvania)


Roosenburg is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research interest is in the evolution of vertebrate life histories. Roosenburg uses a combination of demographic, experimental and phylogenetic techniques to study how historical and ecological processes produce variation in life history traits within and among individuals, populations and species.

Areas of Research: Land

Gregory S. Springer, Ph.D. (Geology, Colorado State University)


Springer is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Springer researches the changing state of human-impacted rivers, particularly the effects of changes in water and sediment regimes, with implications for river management and regulation. He studies headwater streams on the western margin of the Appalachian Mountains, in particular how basin size influences channel type and morphology for different rock types. Springer is currently working on an EPA-funded project focused on stream health in southeastern Ohio.

Areas of Research: Water, Land, Data

Robin Stewart, M.P.A. (Ohio University)


Stewart is a senior project manager at Ohio University’s Voinovich School and manages economic development projects focused on community revitalization and economic growth within the Appalachian Ohio region. In addition, Stewart conducts feasibility studies and qualitative research, and provides technical assistance to nonprofit and government organizations. Prior to joining the Voinovich School in 2003, she was a research assistant in the Governor's Office of Appalachia and has worked for private nonprofit organizations focused on substance abuse and behavioral healthcare.

Areas of Research: Data, Land, Shale

Morgan L. Vis, Ph.D. (Phycology, Memorial University of Newfoundland)


Vis is a professor of phycology in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Her research interests include: freshwater algal ecology and evolution; systematics and biogeography of freshwater red algae; and the impacts of acid mine drainage on stream diatom communities in southeastern Ohio. She collaborates with other researchers to study the impacts of acid mine drainage on aquatic life and hydrogeology of these streams, in order to contribute to a more complete understanding of acid mine drainage pollution effects on ecosystems. She also works with the group of engineers at OU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment on photobioreactor design, CO2 mitigation technology, and other devices needed to utilize algae as a next generation fuel.

Areas of Research: Water, Energy, Land