Graduate Students

Zoey Armstrong, BS Biological Science, Miami University 2019
Modelling Distributions of Cantharellus formosus using Natural History and Citizen Science data

Topista Barasa, BS Geography, Egerton University, 2016
I am interested in Sub-Saharan Africa urbanization especially in Kenya. My research is in urban land use change due to transportation development, that has brought about land speculation in rapidly growing African cities like Nairobi. I will use GIS and remote sensed data to show the land use change that has occurred before and after the construction of the Souther By Pass in Nairobi. I intend to contribute to planning policies in Kenya that will be used in future urban planning.

Mastano Dzimbiri, BS Education, University of Livingstonia, 2016
My research focuses on water security and vulnerability in rural areas of Northern Malawi. Specifically, I employ Objective Index to Water Security framework to assess and understand spatial variation of household water (in)security in rural areas and the factors that make rural communities vulnerable to water scarcity.

Brooke Ecklar, BA Zoology, Miami University, 2017
My interests fall within the realm of biogeography, broadly looking at how modern changes (climate, fragmentation, invasion, etc.) affect the spatial distributions of wildlife, as well as conservation efforts used to mitigate the effects of these changes. I'm currently looking at how invasive plant species affect native bird populations and forest community structures. 

Fain, Justin, BA Urban & Regional Planning, Miami University, 2019

Tessa Farthing, BS Biological Science, University of Dayton, 2019
Impact of a Forested State Park Buffer on Nutrient Dynamics in an Agriculturally-Dominated Watershed in Southwest Ohio

Keelin Haynes, BA Political Science, Miami University, 2018
Broadly, my interests are in governance and development in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. More specifically, I am interested in security in these regions as it relates to multi-ethnic governance, climate change, and militantism. My goal is to combine cultural studies with geospatial tools like GIS and remote sensing to better understand how human activity both affects and is effected by local environments. My current research involves creating localized predictive land cover change models for regions with high-yield agriculture and unique cultural practices.

Andrews Korah, BA Geography, Kwame Nkrumah University, 2017
My research interests are centered around sustainable development, impact of climate change on livelihoods, GIS and Remote Sensing, urban planning and globalization. Currently, I am studying how space is changing in urban Africa under globalization using Accra Airport City, Ghana asa a case study.

Paul Kwasi, BS Social Science, Kwame Nkrumah University, 2014
The Role of Mega Urban Transportation Infrastructure in the Modernization of African Cities, a Case Study of Accra-Tema City-Region (ATCR)

Owen Larson, BS Environmental Science, Portland State University, 2016

Connor O'Hearn, BS Business, Miami University, 2015
Precision Agriculture GIS for Monarch Coffee in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i


Eileen Rintsch, BS Zoology & BA Environmental Science, Miami University, 2018
Effect of a Forested State Park on Suspended Solids and Dissolved Organic Carbon concentrations in an Agriculturally Impacted SW Ohio Watershed

Lauren Sandeman, MA Geography, University of Edinburgh, 2016
The Racialised Impacts of Education Reform on Bronzeville: An Analysis of Chicago's 'Renaissance 2010' School Choice Policy on Educational Opportunities for African Americans

Kennen Sparks, BA International Studies, Utah State University, 2019

Jessica Stoyko, BS Biological Science, Miami University, 2019
What best explains willingness of private residents to plant pollinator beneficial plants: lifestyle, the luxury effect, or population density?

Gregory Treiman, BA Geography, Middlebury College, 2019

TengKeng Vang, BS Biological Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz, 2017
Broadly speaking I'm interested in biogeography, landscape ecology, and spatial ecology. My research uses a variety of quantitative and statistical methods to model animal space use. I'm currently modeling beaver dam distribution using several different ecological niche methods.