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2013-14 Graduate Students


Current Students

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Rebekah Banas

rb720813@ohio.edu

B.S., Central Michigan University, 2012

 

"My current interests include human adaptability and preparedness in regards to climate change. I am also interested in sustainable practices for urban living and rural agriculture."

 

Advisor: Dr. Geoff Buckley

 
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Ethan Bottone

eb523914@ohio.edu

B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2014

 

"My research interests lie in biography and zoogeography.  Specifically, I am interested in the movement of invasive species and their impacts on local environments.  I am also interested in using dendrochronology as a tool in measuring impacts."

 

Advisor: Dr. James Dyer

 
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Alex Brennan

ab165408@ohio.edu

B.S., University of Cincinnati, 2014

 

Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

 
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Ashley Doria

ad669113@ohio.edu

B.S., Ohio State University, 2012

 

"My research interests broadly fall into gender dynamics of pastoralist communities of East Africa. My current research project uses a hybrid of feminist political ecology and emotional geography to focus on the manifestation of women's agency in climate change livelihood adaptation strategies in the context of Maasai women in Northern Tanzania."  

 

Advisor: Dr. Edna Wangui

 
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Hallie Dusselier

hd009714@ohio.edu

B.S., Creighton University, 2014

 

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

 

 
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Xin Hong

xh084414@ohio.edu

B.A., University of Northern Iowa, 2014

 

"My research interests are urban land use and land change detection at multiple spatial and temporal scales and assessment of urban environmental quality with the integration of Remote Sensing and GIS."

 

Advisor: Dr. James Lein

 
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Briana Karl

bk224914@ohio.edu

B.A., Concord University, 2013

 

Advisor: Dr. Edna Wangui

 
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Sabrina Klein

sk540312@ohio.edu

B.A., University of Akron, 2012 and 2001

 

"My research interest is using archaeology, remote sensing, & GIS to resolve questions involving spatial relationships of sacred spaces in prehistoric Ohio to natural features."
 

Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

 
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Elisabeth Kunstel

ek123004@ohio.edu

B.A., Ohio University, 2008

 

Advisor: Dr. Tom Smucker

 
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Allissa Lewis

al510113@ohio.edu

B.S., Park University, 2013

 

"My interests broadly fall within urban and land use planning, urban renewal, and sustainability.  I also hope to include GIS and cartography in my studies and research."

 

Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

 
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Nate McGinnis

nm029011@ohio.edu

B.S., Ohio University, 2013

 

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

 
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Katyln Merkle

km177205@ohio.edu

B.A., Ohio University, 2009

 

Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

 
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Penny Morgan

ps232905@ohio.edu

M.S., Ohio University, 2013; B.S., Ohio U., 2011

 

"My research interests are focused on the use of environmental assessment tools in planning for sustainable natural disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery in the three county study area of Hocking, Athens and Perry counties in Southeastern Ohio.  The emphasis of the project is on measuring public perception of risk, gauging public participation in the planning process, along with assessing the vulnerability of disadvantaged populations in the study area with the goal of improving planning processes in the future.”

 

Advisor: Dr. Harold Perkins

 
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Maria Panaccione

mp078013@ohio.edu

B.A., West Virginia University, 2013

 

"My interests within geography mainly concern social issues and their relationship with space. I am also interested in GIS & mapping and mixed methodologies with qualitative research. My thesis research involves using participatory mapping as a method to explore the intersections of social identity and spaces of fear of university students in Athens, Ohio. "

 

Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

 
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Jillian Prusa

jp766212@ohio.edu

B.A., Bowling Green State Univ., 2012


"I am interested in a variety of topics in urban geography, including sustainability and resilience planning, food systems, and surburban retrofitting. My thesis research is about vacant land reuse strategies in Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland."


Advisor: Dr. Geoff Buckley

 
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Steven Richardson

sr611613@ohio.edu

B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 2012

 

Advisor: Dr. James Lein

 
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Allison Roush

ar146213@ohio.edu

B.S., Ohio State University, 2009

 

"I am most interested in land reclamation of abandoned mined lands around the Athens region. I plan to do an ecological assessment through a geographical scope."

 

Advisor: Dr. James Lein

 
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Doug Schuster

ds349710@ohio.edu

B.S., Ohio University, 2014

 

"My research interests are in meteorology concerning the atmospheric conditions that favor tornadic vs. non-tornadic severe storm development. I am also interested in applying the results of my research to earlier and more accurate forecasting of severe weather outbreaks."

 

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

 
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Megan Sympson

ms565914@ohio.edu

B.A., Bowling Green University, 2014

 

"My research interests include historical and cultural geography within the Great Lakes region. More specifically, I am interested in researching cities in Northeast Ohio and how people have and continue to interact and shape their environment."

 

Advisor: Dr. Tim Anderson

 
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Zac Wehrmann

zw967712@ohio.edu

B.L.S., University of Mary Washington, 2011

 

"My research interests are in geomorphology, specifically in surfaces processes involving rivers and glaciers. I hope to use LiDAR and dendrochronology to measure past lateral and longitudinal changes in meandering rivers."

 

Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

 
woloch
Logan Woloch

lw594014@ohio.edu

B.S., Bowling Green University, 2014

 

Advisor: Dr. Yeong Kim

 

Recent Master's Graduates

David Adjuik


M.A., 2012

Thesis: Weak Ties at Play: Social Networks and Ghanaian Entrepreneurs in Columbus, Ohio

Advisor: Dr. Brad Jokisch

 
Kevin Blank


M.A., 2012

Thesis: Downtown Appalachia: Revitalization and Green Governance in Charleston, WV

Advisor: Dr. Harold Perkins

 
Kyle Clem


M.S., 2014

Thesis: The Combined Influence of ENSO and SAM on Antarctic Climate Variability

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

 
Mia DeNardi


M.A., 2012

Thesis: Symbols and Identity in Siena, Italy

Advisor: Dr. Harold Perkins

 
Michelle Kozlowski


M.A., 2012

Thesis: Environmental Justice in Applachia: A Case Study of C8 Contamination in Little Hocking, Ohio

Advisor: Dr. Harold Perkins

 
Alek Krautmann


M.S., 2012

Thesis: Midwest Urban Heat Wave Climatology: What Constitutes the Worst Events?

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

 
Bridget Kraynik


M.S., 2013 (Non-Thesis)
Advisor: Dr. Gaurav Sinha

 
Ming Yeung (Zachary) Lee


M.S., 2013
Thesis: Antarctic Station-based Pressure Reconstructions from 1905-2011 using Principal Component
Regression

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

 
Francisca Lekey


M.A., 2014

Thesis: Health Workers’ Migration from Africa to the West: A Case Study of Ghanaian Health Workers in Columbus, Ohio

Advisor: Dr. Yeong Kim

 
Kyle McGonagle


M.S., 2013 (Non-Thesis)
Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

 
Phillip Wilson


M.A., 2012

Thesis: Surface Mining in Van Buren County Iowa: History and Consequences

Advisor: Dr. Geoffrey Buckley

 
Joseph Witek


M.A., 2013
Thesis: Johannesburg: Africa's World City?

Advisor: Dr. Yeong Kim

 
Alex Wovrosh


M.S., 2014

Thesis: The Role of Regional Sea Surface Temperatures on the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas Low as Depicted by Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project Simulations

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt