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2013-14 Graduate Students

Current Students

Rebekah Banas

B.S., Central Michigan University, 2012


"My current interests include human adaptability and preparedness in regards to climate change. I am also interested in sustainable practices for urban living and rural agriculture."


Advisor: Dr. Geoff Buckley

Ethan Bottone

B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2014


"My research interests lie in biography and zoogeography.  Specifically, I am interested in the movement of invasive species and their impacts on local environments.  I am also interested in using dendrochronology as a tool in measuring impacts."


Advisor: Dr. James Dyer

Alex Brennan

B.S., University of Cincinnati, 2014


Advisor: Dr. Risa Whitson

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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

Ashley Doria

B.S., Ohio State University, 2012


"My research interests broadly fall into gender dynamics of pastoralist communities of East Africa. My current research project uses a hybrid of feminist political ecology and emotional geography to focus on the manifestation of women's agency in climate change livelihood adaptation strategies in the context of Maasai women in Northern Tanzania."  


Advisor: Dr. Edna Wangui

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


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


Advisor: Dr. Edna Wangui

Sabrina Klein

B.A., University of Akron, 2012 and 2001


"My research interest is using archaeology, remote sensing, & GIS to resolve questions involving spatial relationships of sacred spaces in prehistoric Ohio to natural features."

Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Sack

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

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

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

Zac Wehrmann

B.L.S., University of Mary Washington, 2011


"My research interests are in geomorphology, specifically in surfaces processes involving rivers and glaciers. I hope to use LiDAR and dendrochronology to measure past lateral and longitudinal changes in meandering rivers."


Advisor: 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

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

Francisca Lekey

M.A., 2014

Thesis: Health Workers’ Migration from Africa to the West: A Case Study of Ghanaian Health Workers in Columbus, Ohio

Advisor: Dr. Yeong Kim

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

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

Alex Wovrosh

M.S., 2014

Thesis: The Role of Regional Sea Surface Temperatures on the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas Low as Depicted by Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project Simulations

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Fogt