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Geography

  • Aaron Maxwell

    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.

  • Amy Hessl

    PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

    Dr. Hessl uses the environmental information stored in the growth rings of trees to study climate variability, ecosystem processes, and human activities over the last 2000 years.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brent McCusker

    PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY; DEPARTMENT CHAIR

    304-293-4025

    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.

  • 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.

  • Eungul Lee

    ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

    304-293-8485

    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.

  • 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. She has projects in Botswana and South Africa.

  • Jamison Conley

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

    jamison.conley@mail.wvu.edu

    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.

  • Jonathan Hall

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

    Jonathan’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).

  • Karen Culcasi

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY, ASSOCIATE CHAIR FOR 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.

  • Maria Perez

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY

    I am an Assistant Professor here in the Geography Program at West Virginia University’s Department of Geology and Geography. A cultural anthropologist by training, I investigate the cultural and historical context of scientific practice. More specifically, I approach science as a cultural activity. Speleology (cave science and exploration) serves as a case study with which I examine a range of topics such as identity (Who are we? What brings us together?), place and emotion (How do places become meaningful? Why is it that we come to love some places more than others?), value (How do we come to value, beyond economic considerations, places that are hidden or not part of our everyday livelihoods?). Really, these questions are relevant well beyond caves, karst, and even bunkers, another site of research!

  • Martina Angela Caretta

    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.

  • Megan Govindan

    Service Instructor; Director of Community Leadership and Social Action, WVU Center for Resilient Communities

    Megan Govindan, MPH, MS, RDN, LDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that uses action-based research to examine food systems, public health, and community geography.

  • Mehmet Öztan

    Service Assistant Professor

    Dr. Öztan holds a B.S. and M.S. in hydrogeology, and he did his Ph.D. work on GIS-enabled groundwater modeling of Michigan’s watersheds. In 2013, he transitioned from his engineering career into becoming a full-time seed grower, steward, and heirloom seed advocate.

  • Randall W. Jackson

    PROFESSOR OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY; DIRECTOR, REGIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

    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.

  • 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.

  • Timothy Warner

    PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY

    tim.warner@mail.wvu.edu

    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.

  • Trevor Harris

    EBERLY DISTINGUISHED 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.