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Eberly researchers in the Department of Geology and Geography launched the West Virginia Water Quality Impact Portal


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Earlier this week, Eberly researchers in the Department of Geology and Geography launched the West Virginia Water Quality Impact Portal launched. This web portal has been developed by the IsoBioGem Laboratory and WV GIS Technical Center as part of an ongoing EPA grant "Integration of State and Federal Data Exchanges, Web Tools,  and Geo-Platforms to Develop Water Quality Information Portal for WV Shale Gas Regions." The objective of WVWQIP is to enable users to analyze and visualize surface and groundwater quality data in relation to hotspots of shale gas development in the 14 counties of WV where most of the active Marcellus Shale gas development has taken place. This project is led by Shikha Sharma (Geology & Geography), her Ph.D. student Rachel Yesenchak, and Maneesh Sharma and Yibing Han from the WV GIS Tech Center.

 From WVU ECAS Research News 

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Research Spotlight


A rapid research response to COVID-19’s effect on communities

A WVU Geography professor, Jamison Conleyis among  an interdisciplinary team of researchers from WVU to study Appalachia from a wide range of perspectives. 

Over the next eight weeks, the team will conduct a series of surveys of Appalachian residents to measure their thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to COVID-19 and how they change over time. Their goal is to learn what attributes about people determine their perceptions of crisis recommendations and how they respond.

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WVU Humanities Center announces recipients of ‘Life in the Time of COVID-19’ grants

A WVU Geography assistant professor,  Jamie Shinn , was awarded one of seven   “Life in the Time of COVID-19” grants to research projects that address the pandemic from a humanistic perspective.

Funded by the WVU Humanities Center through a WVU endowment from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, all of the projects offer a voice to those living in smaller towns and rural areas, as well as address what might otherwise be substantial gaps in our understanding of Life in the Time of COVID-19 in the Appalachian region.


Finding renewal in the aftermath of floods

Four years after the disastrous flooding in southern West Virginia, new research from  West Virginia University’s  Department of Geology and Geography highlights the role faith-based groups and other community organizations have played in the relief and recovery efforts. 

In summer 2017, assistant professors of geography  Jamie Shinn and  Martina Angela Caretta in the  Eberly College of Arts and Sciences interviewed 21 Greenbrier County residents and members of relief organizations to understand the lasting effects of flooding in their communities. 

“Once we spent some time talking to people and seeing firsthand the devastating impacts the floods had there, we were motivated to understand the social impacts more deeply,” Shinn said. “In particular, we wanted to understand how the recovery efforts following the floods created a new sense of hope among residents that they could rebuild their towns into something better than they had been before the floods. Instead of the story being one of recovery, it became one of revitalization.”

Student Spotlight

Geography doctoral student, Sara Loftus featured in WBOY video.

Sara Loftus, a  West Virginia University   geography  doctoral student who is studying how to build an online community is featured by WBOY.


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Finding community in digital spaces

The coronavirus has driven us indoors and separated us from coworkers, friends and loved ones. That’s nothing really new for Sara Loftus, a  West Virginia University  geography doctoral student who is studying how to build an online community. 

“Since I have worked from home for more than 20 years, COVID-19 hasn’t changed my day-to-day very much,” Loftus said in a remote interview from Huntington, where she cares for her adult son, who lives with life-threatening and technology-dependent medical conditions. “What it has done is allow a window into my world for those people around me.”

Geography Master's Student named a Rachel Carson Campus Fellow 

Brandon Rothrock is a second-year master’s student at West Virginia University where he is working towards his Master of Arts in Geography and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Brandon’s work focuses on the intersection of climate change and gender and sexuality. 


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Colloquia are held on Friday at 2 p.m. in 325 Brooks Hall during the fall and spring semesters. All talks are free, and most are open to the public.

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