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2016-17 Graduate Students


Current Students

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Christopher Acker

ca848515@ohio.edu

B.S., Illinois State University, 2015

 

"My research interests include economic geography and geographic information systems. More specifically, I am interested in analyzing how and why countries' economies develop over time and space."

 

Advisor: Dr. Yeong Kim

 
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Christine Aiena

ca366608@ohio.edu

B.S., Wright State University, 2016

 

"My research interests are meteorology/climatology, with a primarily focus on severe weather and tornadoes. Specifically, I am interested in how land topography influences the development and life cycle of severe weather events and tornadoes."

 

Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

 

 
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Ian Bailey

ib329516@ohio.edu

B.S., The Ohio State University, 2012

B.J., Ohio State University, 2016

 

"My research interests focus primarily on tornado life-cycles as they move across areas of different surface roughness and different topographical characteristics. I will be using radar data and multiple different forms of statistical analysis to evaluate past tornadic behavior as they have crossed varying landscapes."

 

Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

 
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Kelly Butler

kb090015@ohio.edu

B.S., Lyndon State College, 2014

 

"My research interests are in mesoscale meteorology, with a specific focus on tornadoes. My current work focuses on the effects of land cover type on tornadogenesis/decay and tornado intensity."

 

Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

 
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Angela Chapman

ac945515@ohio.edu

B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2009

 

"I am a human geographer interested in the political economy of food. My thesis research focuses specifically on local food systems and food security in Southeast Ohio."

 

Advisor: Dr. Harold Perkins

 
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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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Chad Goergens

cg432610@ohio.edu

B.S., Ohio University, 2015

 

"My research interests include meteorology/climatology, with a specific focus of Antarctic climate. My current work includes reconstructing atmospheric pressure and circulation patterns around the continent of Antarctica back throughout the entire 20th century. This is important due to the lack of observations around the continent and to examine the uniqueness of trends seen today."

 

Dr. Ryan Fogt

 
Kianoosh Hassani
Kianoosh Hassani

kh552515@ohio.edu

B. Sc., Azad Univeristy, 2014

 

"My research scope centers on application of multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing in land cover and land use analysis, and identification of biogeochemical characteristics of the surface. My current case study is Tule Valley, Utah, and the purpose is to identify its surficial and sediment composition through integration of remote sensing and GIS technologies."

 

Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

 
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Jonathon Hogue

jh681413@ohio.edu

B.A., Miami University, 2016

 

"I am a physical geographer interested in biogeography and the atmospheric sciences.  My goal is to engage in research concerning the interactions and subsequent results of these two fields at both a local and global scale."

 

Advisor: Dr. James Dyer

 
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Jarrod Knauff

jk159310@ohio.edu

B.S., Ohio University, 2015

 

"I am a Physical Geographer primarily interest in Geomorphology focusing on paleolakes.

Other interests of mine include Meteorology and paleoclimatology."

 

Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

 
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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. Brad Jokisch

 
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Victor Machyo

vm637616@ohio.edu

B.A., University of Nairobi, 2012

 

"My interests are land use planning and environmental sustainability with special emphasis on volunteered and public participatory processes."

 

Advisor: Dr. Gaurav Sinha

 
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Olivia Moeller

om115016@ohio.edu

B.A., Ohio State University, 2015

 

"I am a human geographer interested in National Parks. I want to look at how recreation has changed in the National Parks in the last 100 years. I also want to know how changes to laws have affected recreation in the parks."

 

Advisor: Dr. Geoffrey Buckley

 
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Samuel Njai

sn266112@ohio.edu

B.S., Kenyatta University, 2011

 

"My overall research interest is to investigate the integration of information systems in a variety of geographic settings. Particularly, understanding the dynamics and development of internet geography from social-economic, and technological view."

 

Advisor: Dr. Edna Wangui

 
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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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Meredith Stone

ms186615@ohio.edu

B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2015

 

"My interests lie mainly within urban, political, and social geography focusing on social movements, power dynamics, and community relationships in cities. My thesis research focuses on street art in Baltimore, Maryland and Edinburgh, Scotland, investigating how city policies towards the arts present different approaches to space, place, and urban development."

 

Dr. Geoffrey Buckley

 
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Hayley Welsh

hw259215@ohio.edu

B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2015

 

"My research interests center broadly on urban and environmental geographies. I have specific interests in urban green spaces, sustainable community development, and green urban revitalization in both European and northeastern Appalachian cities."

 

Advisor: Dr. Harold Perkins

 
Dana Williams
Dana Williams

dw235810@ohio.edu

B.S., Marshall University, 2015

 

"I’m a physical geographer with a background in geology. My interests are interdisciplinary and broadly fall under geomorphology and GIS."

 

Dr. Dorothy Sack

 

 

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

 
Ethan Bottone


M.S., 2016

Thesis: The Historical Production of Space in Perry County, Ohio: National Discourses Materialized

Advisor: Dr. Tim Anderson

 
Alex Brennan


 

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

 
Hallie Dusselier


M.S., 2016

Thesis: Understanding 20th Century Antarctic Pressure Variabilty and Change in Multiple Climate Model Simulations

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt

 

 
Xin Hong


M.S., 2016

Thesis: Exploring the Influence of Urban Land Use and Land Cover Change on Land Surface Temperature Using Remote Sensing: A Case Study of Cuyahoga County, OH

Advisor: Dr. James Lein

 
Briana Karl


M.A., 2016

Thesis: Navigating the Unknown: Immigrant's Maternal Health Experiences in Southeast Ohio

Advisor: Dr. Edna Wangui

 
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

 
Allissa Lewis


M.S., 2016 (Non-Thesis)

Advisor: Dr. Amy Lynch

 
Nate McGinnis


Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

 
Kyle McGonagle


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

 
Katyln Merkle


M.A., 2016

Thesis: 'Here We are': Exploring the Lived Experiences of Pregnant Graduate Students within Neoliberal Universities

Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

 
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

 
Allison Roush


M.S., 2016 (Non-Thesis)

Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

 
Doug Schuster


M.S., 2016

Thesis: Soil Moisture Effects on Supercellular Convective Initiation and Atmospheric Moisture in the Midwestern United States

Advisor: Dr. Jana Houser

 
Megan Sympson


M.A., 2016

Thesis: Remembering Idora Park: Landscape, Memory, and Discourse in an Urban Amusement Park

Advisor: Dr. Tim Anderson

 
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

 
Logan Woloch


M.S., 2016 (Non-Thesis)

Advisor: Dr. Gaurav Sinha