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Karen Culcasi

ASSOCIATE CHAIR FOR GEOGRAPHY / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Karen’s research and teaching uses critical and feminist geopolitical frames to examine contested places and identities. Her work focuses on the Middle East and the Arab world.

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Martina Angela Caretta

Martina Angela Caretta

PhD Assistant Professor of Geography

Martina Angela Caretta is a feminist geographer investigating the human dimensions of water. Her research focuses on the social issues revolving around water resources in Appalachia. Dr Caretta holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Stockholm and her doctoral research investigated gender contracts in smallholder irrigation farming systems in Kenya and Tanzania. Dr Caretta has published on smallholder irrigation farming in the Global South, feminist participatory methodologies, emotional geography and gendered consequences of the neoliberal university.

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Jamison Conley

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

The overarching theme is an interest in the statistics, algorithms and techniques for the analysis of spatial data. Jamison has worked in the past on methods for finding and analyzing disease clusters, but is venturing beyond that narrow focus. He has open-source projects that are available for those interested.

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Greg Elmes

PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF GEOGRAPHY

Greg’s research interests continue to be in the development of geographical information science (GISci), Crime Geography, the integration of geographical information systems (GIS) with spatial modeling, and their application in the interpretation and understanding of human problems. He no longer teaches.

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Cynthia Gorman

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Cynthia’s research focuses on gender, migration, legal regimes and international human rights campaigns. She teaches courses on world regional geography, global migration and women and international development.

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Jonathan Hall

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, GEOGRAPHY

Johnathan’s research focuses on human impacts on species abundance and persistence. Specifically in how local culture and subsistence practices impact endangered and threatened species. His dissertation research focused on the impact the Bishnoi people of Rajasthan, India have on Indian vultures (Gyps indicus), blackbuck antelope (Antilope cervicapra), and the Khejeri tree (Prosopis cineraria).

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Trevor Harris

Trevor Harris

PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Geographic Information Science, GIS and Society, Critical GIS, Participatory GIS, Humanities GIS, Spatial Humanities, Virtual GIS, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis, GIS and Archaeology, Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Amy Hessl

PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Amy’s a physical geographer that studies the interaction between climate variability, ecosystem processes, and human activities in forested systems. Her study areas include Inner Asian forest-steppe and Appalachian forests.Add text for intro here.

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Insu Hong

Insu Hong

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Insu’s research themes are Geographic Information Science (GISci) and spatial optimization. He focuses developing analytical methods for GIS, integrating GIS and spatial optimization models and solution approaches including heuristics.

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Randal W, Jackson

Randall W. Jackson

Director, Regional Research Institute; Professor of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Regional economic development; technological change; innovation; industry clustering; interregional trade; regional econometric, input-output, and conjoined models; energy and environmental systems and simulation; energy policy analysis.

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Steve Kite

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY

Quaternary Stratigraphy; Fluvial and Glacial Geomorphology; Geoarcheology; Surficial Geology Mapping; Floods; Landslides; Debris Flows; Colluvium; Stream Restoration, Reclamation Geomorphology, Surficial Geology and Geomorphology of the Appalachians and the Ohio River Basin.

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Rick Landenberger

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Rick’s research combines forest ecology with land use management and restoration, using mapping and spatial analysis as tools to address basic questions of ecosystem structure and function. Working closely with the land conservation community in West Virginia through the West Virginia Land Trust, his research applies primarily to properties managed through conservation easements or other land use protection strategies.

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Eungul Lee

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Eungul is a geographer-climatologist that studies the biosphere and atmosphere interactions in the monsoon climate regions over South and East Asia and West Africa. He is teaching introductory climatology (fall) and climatological analysis (spring) courses on a regular basis.

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Ken Martis

PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF GEOGRAPHY

Geography of Elections. The geographical aspects of American political culture. Spatial variables operating within legislative bodies, especially roll call voting behavior, elections, and districts especially for the United States Congress. Legislative redistricting. Natural resource, conservation and environmental history and policy. Historical Geography.Geographic Education.

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Aaron Maxwell

Aaron Maxwell

Teaching Assistant Professor of Geography

Dr Maxwell’s research interests are in geospatial instruction, hands-on learning, and learning via travel. His primary research is in remote sensing image analysis, spatial modeling, GIS, object-based image analysis, terrain analysis, physical geography, geomorphology, and hydrology.

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Brent McCusker

PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Brent is concerned with how the environment is produced, reproduced, and commodified to promote development in historically lesser developed areas, specifically sub-Saharan Africa. His research is focused around two themes (environment and development) with an interest in interaction between academia and policy makers, specifically the international development donor community.

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Brenden McNeil

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

Brenden uses fieldwork, remote sensing, and GIS to examine human impacts on the spatial patterns of forest ecosystem services, particularly in the eastern USA. In addition to the geography senior capstone course, he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in physical geography, resource sustainability, environmental GIS, and spatial ecosystem ecology.

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Maria Perez

Maria Perez

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

The goal of my research is to document and assess the historical and present role of field science activity, such as speleology, in the shaping of regional and national geographies and identities, with a focus on the Americas. I have two ongoing projects on this topic. The first, titled Field Studies of Karst Environments: A Case Study of International Scientific Collaborations and Network Building, focuses on the history and present activity of collaborations and network building between US and Cuban speleologists, or cave scientists. The second project, Exploring Appalachia Underground, examines the history and practice of cave exploration and science and its impact on regional human and physical geographies.

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Jamie

Jamie Shinn

Assistant Professor of Geography

Jamie is interested in topics of environmental governance, political ecology, and adaptation to climate change, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research investigates how existing social vulnerabilities lead to differential adaptive capacities for people living in changing environments. This project is based in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

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Tim Warner

PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY

Tim specializes in remote sensing applications and the spatial analysis of images. He utilizes optical and thermal imagery, as well as Lidar, to study terrestrial features including biogeographical and geological phenomena.

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Bradley Wilson

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

My research links debates in social theory to ethnographic fieldwork. I see the dialectic between participant observation and theory-building as useful for generating nuanced and insightful critiques of the injustices of global capitalism. In particular I am interested in the meteoric rise of ethical product labeling as a moral response to the globalization of commodity networks.

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