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2014-15 Graduate Students

Current Students

Ethan Bottone

B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2014


"My research interests lie within cultural and historical geography.  My current research explores the production of landscape on the Ohio frontier in Perry County.  I am specifically looking at how national discourses were "materialized" in the landscape and if legacies of their impacts exist in today's cultural landscape."


Advisor: Dr. Tim Anderson

Alex Brennan

B.S., University of Cincinnati, 2014


Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

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Kelly Butler

B.S., Lyndon State College, 2014


Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

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Angela Chapman

B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2009


Advisor: Dr. Thomas Smucker

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Bradley Crum

B.A., Ohio University, 2000


"My research interests include historical and cultural geography in the arid regions of Kenya . More specifically, I am interested in researching how pastoralist society and farmers have and continue to interact and shape their environment."


Advisor: Dr. Tom Smucker

Hallie Dusselier

B.S., Creighton University, 2014


"My research interests include meteorology/climatology, with a specific focus on climate change in Antarctica and the mechanisms that causes these changes to occur."


Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt


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Chad Goergens

B.S., Ohio University, 2015


Dr. Ryan Fogt

Kianoosh Hassani
Kianoosh Hassani

B. Sc., Islamic Azad Univeristy, 2014


Advisor: Dr. James Lein

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Emily Hill

B. A., University of Mary Washington, 2014


"My primary research interests include sustainable development and poverty alleviation in Latin America; specifically involving indigenous populations."


Dr. Brad Jokisch

Xin Hong

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

Briana Karl

B.A., Concord University, 2013


"My research interests include cultural, feminist, and health geographies.  My current research focuses on the maternal health experiences of the Somali community in Columbus, Ohio."


Advisor: Dr. Edna Wangui

Elisabeth Kunstel

B.A., Ohio University, 2008


"My research interests are in agrarian change, agricultural systems, lived experiences and Appalachia.  I am interested in small-scale farmers, livelihoods and the local food economy in Appalachian Southeast Ohio."


Advisor: Dr. Tom Smucker

Allissa Lewis

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

Nate McGinnis

B.S., Ohio University, 2013


"My primary research interests are focused on how tornadoes evolve they move along meandering terrain, specifically changes in elevation and land types. With this additional knowledge, it is hoped that citizens in danger prone areas would be more aware and prepare accordingly."


Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

Katyln Merkle

B.A., Ohio University, 2009


"My research interests include cultural and feminist geographies, bodies and embodiment, and identity. Within those broad themes, I am most interested in childbirth. Specifically looking at how childbirth is socially constructed. My current research focuses on childbirth in south Texas. I am also the Graduate Assistant for the Survivor Advocacy Program here at Ohio University where we work to provide support and advocacy for victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking."


Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

Penny Morgan

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

Samuel Njai

B.S., Kenyatta University, 2011

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Sabrina Paskewitz

B.A., Oberlin College, 2015


“My research interests lie in urban geography. Specifically I would like to study how to improve the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of “Rust Belt” cities and neighborhoods while mitigating gentrification due to redevelopment.”


Dr. Harold Perkins

Steven Richardson

B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 2012


Advisor: Dr. James Lein

Allison Roush

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

Doug Schuster

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. Jana Houser

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Meredith Stone

B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2015


Dr. Geoffrey Buckley

Megan Sympson

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

Dana Williams
Dana Williams

B.S., Marshall University, 2015


Dr. Dorothy Sack


Logan Woloch

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

Rebekah Banas

M.S., 2015 (Non-Thesis)

Advisor: Dr. Geoff Buckley

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., 2014 (Non-Thesis)
Advisor: Dr. Gaurav Sinha

Jessica Kuenzli

M.S., 2014 (Non-Thesis)
Advisor: Dr. James Lein

Ming Yeung (Zachary) Lee

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

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

Kyle McGonagle

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

Maria Panaccione

M.A., 2015 (Non-Thesis)

Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

Jillian Prusa

M.A., 2014

Thesis: Refurbishing the Rust Belt: Vacant Land Reuse in Baltimore, Maryland and Cleveland, Ohio

Advisor: Dr. Geoff Buckley

Zac Wehrmann

M.S., 2015

Thesis: An Analysis of Planform Changes of the Upper Hocking River, Southeastern Ohio, 1939-2013

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