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2014-15 Graduate Students


Current Students

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Ethan Bottone

eb523914@ohio.edu

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

 
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Alex Brennan

ab165408@ohio.edu

B.S., University of Cincinnati, 2014

 

Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

 
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Kelly Butler

kb090015@ohio.edu

B.S., Lyndon State College, 2014

 

Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

 
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Angela Chapman

ac945515@ohio.edu

B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2009

 

Advisor: Dr. Thomas Smucker

 
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Bradley Crum

bc237995@ohio.edu

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

 
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Hallie Dusselier

hd009714@ohio.edu

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

cg432610@ohio.edu

B.S., Ohio University, 2015

 

Dr. Ryan Fogt

 
Kianoosh Hassani
Kianoosh Hassani

kh552515@ohio.edu

B. Sc., Islamic Azad Univeristy, 2014

 

Advisor: Dr. James Lein

 
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Emily Hill

eh951315@ohio.edu

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

 
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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

 

"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

 
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Elisabeth Kunstel

kunstel@ohio.edu

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

 
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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

 

"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

 
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Katyln Merkle

km177205@ohio.edu

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

 
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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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Samuel Njai

sn266112@ohio.edu

B.S., Kenyatta University, 2011

 
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Sabrina Paskewitz

sp388715@ohio.edu

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

 
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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. Jana Houser

 
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Meredith Stone

ms186615@ohio.edu

B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2015

 

Dr. Geoffrey Buckley

 
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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

 
Dana Williams
Dana Williams

dw235810@ohio.edu

B.S., Marshall University, 2015

 

Dr. Dorothy Sack

 

 
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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

 
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
Regression

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