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.

Topista Barasa, BS Geography, Egerton University, 2016

Mastano Dzimbiri, BS Education, University of Livingstonia, 2016

Brooke Ecklar, BA Zoology, Miami University, 2018

Keelin Haynes, BA Political Science, Miami University, 2018

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.

Andrews Korah, BA Geography, Kwame Nkrumah University, 2017

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.

TengKeng Vang, BS Biological Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz, 2017