Ph.D., Kent State U.
I am a community geographer, focused on the implementation of spatial data analysis and geovisualization to improve spatial citizenship. My research interests include rural community development, specifically in Appalachia, and the use of GIS and participatory mapping to enhance development initiatives. I am interested in how location, community and politics come together to grow or suppress the economic base of a region, and how GIS can be used by nonprofit and grassroots organizations to better fulfill their mission. I am also interested in historical and cultural evolutions in cartography, and the use of maps to communicate complex data.
Current research projects include evaluating the policy structure of the Appalachian Regional Commission in developing economic accessibility, the role of citizen participation in community development funding and capacity building in nonprofit organizations and the use of big data techniques to identify community boundaries.
My teaching credentials include Intro to Geography, Geography of the US and Canada, World Regional Geography, Global Leadership, Cartography, and GIS. I also teach workshops in grantwriting, board development, Appalachian culture and various software applications.
Rock, A., and J. Taber. Home Tweet Home: Can social media define a community? In Annals of GIS Special issue on Big Data (forthcoming).
Rock, A., A. Mullett, S. Algharib, J. Schaffer and J. Lee. Impact of Spatial Filtering on the Least Cost Path Method: Selecting a High-Speed Rail Route for Ohio’s 3-C Corridor. In Geospatial Technologies and Advancing Geographic Decision Making, IGI Global, March 2012.
Rock, A., A. Mullett, S. Algharib, J. Schaffer and J. Lee. Impact of Spatial Filtering on the Least Cost Path Method: Selecting a High-Speed Rail Route for Ohio’s 3-C Corridor. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, Vol. 1, January 2010.
Mullett, A., A. Rock, S. Algharib, J. Schaffer and J. Lee. Determining a Least Cost Route for High Speed Rail in Ohio’s 3C Corridor. Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, Vol. 32, October 2009.
Rock, Amy E. Key Factors in Small Town Redevelopment in Appalachian Ohio. Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, Vol. 31, October 2008.
Rock, Amy E. Pacific Northwest Marinas [map series]. In: Cathy Haden, Chris Haden and Elizabeth Adams-Smith, Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guide to Pacific Northwest Marinas. Rye, NY: Jerawyn Publishing, 2007.
Jesse Boyd, BS 2014. Resolving cross-platform azimuthal conflicts between GRASS and ArcGIS (paper for journal submission).
Sabrina Klein, MS 2014. Developing an archaeological iconography for ArcMap (paper for journal submission).