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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 developed and manages an online water quality database for Ohio (www.watersheddata.com).  The online database is also an 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, groundwater testing, and long-term monitoring of surface water to show trends in chemical and biological changes.

Areas of Research: Water, Data, Land, Shale

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 Poultney, VT.

Areas of Research: Land, Water, Energy, Data

Ariaster Chimeli, Ph.D. (Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Chimeli is an associate professor of economics and serves on the board of advisors for OU’s Environmental Studies program. He has also advised several Master’s students from Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies and International Development. He specializes in environmental economics and does research on environment and development economics, energy economics, climate and economics, and tropical deforestation. Chimeli teaches environmental economics, energy economics and microeconomics.

Areas of Research: Energy, Data, Environment, Development

Gary Conley, M.S. (Geography, Ohio University)


Gary Conley is a research supervisor with the Voinovich School providing project support for the environmental and GIS teams as well as the Center for Air Quality with the Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment and CE3. He operates the Athens Supersite which monitors air pollution transported through and deposited in Athens. The monitoring site measures atmospheric and wet-deposition mercury, meteorological data, and regionally-transported gas pollutants. Conley also supervises student research that includes the identification of pollution sources and evaluation of environmental impacts. Conley’s interdisciplinary research interests include landscape ecology, biogeochemistry, and environmental restoration in an effort to understand the issues surrounding resource utilization and ecosystem services on both local and global scales.

Areas of Research: Air, Energy, Data

Kevin Crist, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, University of Iowa)


Crist is a professor of chemical engineering and a faculty fellow at the Voinovich School. He is also director of the Air Quality Center at the Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment, which supports and coordinates research, educational programs and community outreach in order to meet the challenges of protecting environmental quality and jobs in the Ohio River Valley Region. Crist’s research interests include: urban- and regional-scale air-quality monitoring; emission inventory assessments; and photochemical, dispersion, and pesticide emission modeling.

Areas of Research: Air, Energy, Data, Shale, Pesticides

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

R. Patrick Hassett, Ph.D. (Oceanography, University of Washington)


Hassett is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research interests include: plankton physiological ecology, focusing in particular on the nutritional ecology of marine and freshwater copepods and cladocerans. His past research has included effects of toxic algae on copepod physiology, and more recently the role of dietary sterol limitation in copepods and cladocerans.

Areas of Research: Water, Data

John C. Hoag, Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University)


Hoag is associate professor in the McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems and his research interests include Smart Grid and security. Hoag's projects include cybersecurity and performance for SCADA and AMI metering networks, for which he is developing lab capabilities. He is a senior member of the IEEE and active in Columbus and Cleveland chapters of IEEE PES.

Areas of Research: Data

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

Taeil Kim, Ph.D. Candidate (Computer Technology, Ohio University)


Kim works as a lead software development engineer at the Voinovich School where he develops data visualization tools which aim to significantly improve viewers’ understanding of information and database-driven web-based applications. In addition to developing these tools, Kim helps clients learn how to incorporate new technologies to better communicate with their local, regional and international audiences and train them in the maintenance and upkeep of the Web sites developed for them by the School. He uses a wide range of computer languages and tools (JavaScript, Perl, ColdFusion, VisualBasic, ASP, ASP.NET, SQL, MySQL, Oracle, and ArcGIS) in his work.

Areas of Research: Data, Energy, Shale

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

Amy Mackey, (Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management, University of Rio Grande)


Mackey is the Raccoon Creek Watershed Coordinator at the Voinovich School. She has a background in fish and wildlife management and worked several related jobs before coming to the Voinovich School. Among these was a natural resources management internship with Geauga Park Districts, where she learned to conduct primary headwaters assessments, and a position doing fish sampling for Midwest Biodiversity Institute, where she learned to sample fish in streams.

Areas of Research: Water, Data

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

Steven Porter, M.S. (Geography, Ohio University)


Porter is a data and GIS specialist with the GIS team at the Voinovich School. His research interests include: open source GIS technology, using maps to convey public information and awareness, data workflow automation, and scientific programming. Porter is a commercial pilot working towards a certification in flight instruction.

Areas of Research: Data

Gaurav Sinha, Ph.D. (Geography, SUNY Buffalo)


Sinha is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. His research interests are in the field of Geographic Information Science. He focuses on the ontology and geospatial semantics of environmental features and phenomena. His other research interests include GIS database modeling, cartographic generalization, terrain modeling, spatial statistics, multi-criteria analysis, and participatory GIS.

Areas of Research: Data

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

Matt Trainer, M.A. (Geography, Ohio University)


Trainer is a data/GIS specialist at the Voinovich School. He got his start in the GIS field in Wilmington, NC working for American Geographic Data, Inc. Trainer has also taught two different GIS courses for the Department of Geography at Ohio University as an adjunct instructor during the 2005-6 and 2006-7 academic years.

Areas of Research: Data

Lezlee J. Ware, Ph.D. (Experimental Social Psychology, Ohio University)


Ware is a research associate for Ohio University’s Voinovich School and works within applied research on projects employing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods and analyses. Ware has a broad range of experience, including program evaluation and strategic planning, within a variety of disciplines. Her work can be found in peer-reviewed journals within the fields of public health, nursing, diabetes, applied and legal psychology. Ware has led several regional needs assessments for Federally Qualified Health Centers, and her work has been incorporated into numerous competitive grant applications and used to tailor health services to the needs of low-income residents in Ohio.

Areas of Research: Data, Shale

Matthew M. White, Ph.D. (Evolutionary Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)



White is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences. He has research interests in phylogeography, fisheries genetics and conservation genetics of freshwater fishes. White measures variation in mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA sequences and identifies the historical and ecological influences on the distribution of genetic variation. His studies include: stock structure in Ohio River walleye; population genetics, systematics, and molecular evolution of brook lampreys; and conservation genetics.

Areas of Research: Water, Data

Valerie Young, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)


Young is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is the faculty advisor for the Ohio University chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon (the chemical engineering honor society) and for the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization. Young’s research interests include finding a better understanding of the chemistry of the troposphere in North America; the way human activities affect this chemistry; and the effects of atmospheric chemistry on human endeavors. She has been involved in major regional ozone investigations such as the Southern Oxidant Study, as well as studying chemistry in remote areas such as northern Michigan, Saskatchewan and the Arctic.

Areas of Research: Air, Data