Graduate Students

Kevin Baker, BA Geography, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown 2017
My research goals are to further understand the Rust Belt's former manufacturing cities which have become urban blight in the past 30 years, focusing on the Monongahela Valley. My research questino is what the future has in store for these ghost towns that steel/coal production has left behind with no commutable infrastructure to connect to Pittsburgh.

Heather Barrett, MS Geology, Miami University, 2013
My interests are remote sensing and satellite imagery, and using those to solve applications in multiple disciplines.

Zachary Ewoldt, BS Geography, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2016
My research interests primarily are in Urban Geography concepts, specifically Transportation planning in US cities. Looking at public transportation and how it influences the development of neighborhoods and industry. I hope to focus in on light rail/street car systems.

Samuel Holleman, BA History, Clemson University, 2016
My research is centered around how the tourism industry relates to the concept of bioregionalism, with a specific focus on western Oregon. I am attempting to show how place-based tourism marketing strategies in amenity rich areas can serve as an example of a larger population's emotional attachment to nature.

Meghan Jones, BA Geography, Miami University, 2017
Many of my interests revolve around environmental sustainability throughout urban centers. I'd like to analyze multiple factors such as: transportation, applied policies, land use, infrastructure, and future aspirations and solutions to creating a more environmentally sustainable city.

Jeffrey Lazar, BA Economics, Miami University, 2016
My research focuses on improving water quality in southwetern Ohio. Specifically, I am studying how land use drives sediment and nutrient transport during storm events. This project requires extensive storm water sampling, monitoring and analyzing within the study area.

Marina Salnikova, BA Geography, University of Washington, 2015
My interests are immigratin/migration, identity, and transnationalism in Europe, specifically the UK. My research explores the maintaining and modifying of identity in the Muslim community of Inverness, Scotland.

Maria Sanchez, BA Geography, Ohio State University, 2017
My broad interests include political ecology, environmental justice and policy, and human-environment interactions as it relates to climate change. My focused interests in geography include the representation of indigenous communities in the US and Latin America, US Latinx/Amerindian health and environmental policies related to government parks/recreation spaces, and the politics and economic geographies of immigrant communities in the US. I also want to apply GIS and remote sensing methods to the topics previously listed.

Blossom Thao, BA Environmental Studies, Mercer University, 2017
My research interests lie within the field of ethnobotany. I would like to study the role of and types of herbal medicine used by the Hmong, a small micro-culture to which I belong.