Western Kentucky University

Department of Geography and Geology Faculty Research

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Dr. KATIE ALGEO  is a cultural geographer who joined the faculty of Western Kentucky University in the fall of 2001 to teach a variety of human geography and GIS classes. Her research interests include tourism, rural development, agricultural geography (particularly recent change in the Burley Tobacco Belt), interfaces between folk and popular culture, the role that media places in the representation and formation of cultural identities, and Appalachian development. Her current project explores the historical geography of tourism to Mammoth Cave and looks both at economic development accompanying tourism and ways in which Mammoth Cave was "symbolically constructed" to appeal to tourists. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 from Louisiana State University, where her dissertation focused on the historical development and political economy of tobacco farming in western North Carolina. She is treasurer of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG), and her work has appeared in Journal of Geography, Southern Cultures, Southeastern Geographer, and Names. Before coming to WKU, Dr. Algeo taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she enjoyed leading field trips to explore aspects of Wisconsin culture such as vernacular shrines and grottos, polka masses, concrete art, dairy barns, and ginseng farms. For more information about her teaching and research interests, contact Dr. Algeo via email at katie.algeo@wku.edu.


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Dr. JOHN ALL  has a Ph.D. in Geography and Global Environmental Change, a J.D. in International Environmental Law, and a Master's Certification in Environmental Ethics. His research evaluates climatic and other anthropogenic environmental perturbations and the resulting ecosystem responses using geoinformatics technologies and calculates which policies and laws create outcomes that minimize societal vulnerabilities. He has a diverse background in environmental law, watershed management, applied anthropology, resource management, and global change science that allows him to develop cognizant response scenarios to environmental changes. His work uses remote sensing change detection techniques combined with local stakeholder interviews and mixed methods data generation and analysis to determine exactly who the winners and losers are in areas undergoing environmental change. His research is both regional and international in scope and focuses on climate variability and its land cover/land use impacts on endangered species habitat and vegetation in protected areas of Kentucky, the Colorado River Delta of Mexico, in the Central Valley and Andes of Chile, the Okavango Delta of Botswana, and in East Himalayan countries of Nepal and Bhutan. The human dimensions of climate change policy are critical as societies decide how to allocate the burdens of adaptation and mitigation and the big picture of much of Dr. All’s work is policy discussions about the differential vulnerabilities of various constituencies to climate variability and change. In his scarce free time, Dr. All is an alpinist who has climbed on five continents using technical rock, ice, and aid-climbing techniques. For further information about these and other environment-related projects, contact Dr. All via email or by telephone at (270) 745-5975.


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KEVIN CARY  is the GIS Director and Esri’s site license administrator for WKU. He was first introduced to GIS in 1993 and joined the WKU faculty in July, 2002, after working in the practical world of GIS. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS for the Department and provides support on many research projects with a GIS component. Kevin has been an accredited GIS professional (GISP) since 2005, and his interests are in the realm of Enterprise GIS. An Enterprise GIS is a geographic information system implemented at various organizational scales that can cross political and international boundaries. The idea of an Enterprise GIS is to store geospatial data centrally and to disseminate those data to a wide range of users for visualization, modification, and analysis using a variety of hardware, including desktops and mobile devices. He has worked on a variety of GIS-related projects at WKU with the Kentucky Climate Center, WKU Mesonet, Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, Baker Arboretum, WKU Planning, Design, and Construction, Facilities Management, WKU Department of Engineering, Department of Agriculture, WKU Telecommunications, WKU Parking and Transportation, Logan County Economic Alliance, and the WKU Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport. Kevin is currently a member of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals and the Cumberland Chapter of URISA. For further information about GIS, the Bachelor of Science Degree in GIScience, Minor in GIS, GISystems Certificate Program, and the Graduate GIScience Certificate at WKU, contact Kevin Cary via email, or by telephone at (270)745-2981.


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Dr. AARON CELESTIAN  is a mineralogist interested in Earth materials, material synthesis, and the determination of atomic arrangements in condensed matter. A primary goal of his research efforts is to quantify the mobility and reaction mechanisms of molecular species in, on, and around natural and engineered materials in a wide variety of environmental, geological, and planetary applications. Molecular scale processes are the basis for macroscopic properties, and understanding the controls of those processes will lead to new discoveries of molecular interactions and the development of new materials.
In order to determine how materials behave under environmental conditions, Dr. Celestian and his group develop custom experimental cells that allow real-time studies to be performed in situ under extreme environmental conditions (pH, temperature, pressure, etc.). At WKU, the Crystal Kinetics Laboratory and the Materials Characterization Center provide undergraduate and graduate students with state-of-the-art analytical and computational facilities. Dr. Celestian and his group frequently travel to national and international laboratories to take advantage of unique experimental capabilities at the brightest neutron and X-ray sources in the world. For more information please visit Aaron Celestian, or contact Aaron via email or telephone at (270)745-5977.


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Dr. JENNIFER COLE  is a geochemist and anthropologist interested in Earth’s history over the time period relevant to human evolution. She targets sedimentary archives and uses radiogenic isotopes and trace elements to study rates and processes in the past. Dr. Cole is focusing on two current projects. The first uses the U-Pb geochronometer to directly date relatively young (~1-2 Ma) sedimentary carbonates from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. These carbonates form in direct association with archaeological remains and are interpreted to have formed in freshwater (spring) contexts. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Gail Ashley of Rutgers University and Prof. Troy Rasbury of Stony Brook University. The second project looks at the paleoclimate of northern Africa over a fascinating interval called the African Humid Period (AHP). The most recent AHP occurred between about 11.5 and 5 thousand years before present, and is related to cyclical changes in solar insolation. We are studying the mineralogy and geochemistry of terrigenous sediments (dust) recovered from marine cores along along the NW African margin. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Celestian (WKU) and Profs. Peter deMenocal and Sidney Hemming of Columbia University. For more information about her teaching and research interests, please contact Dr. Cole at jennifer.cole1@wku.edu or at (270) 745-4079.


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Dr. MARGARET CROWDER  is a geologist focused on geoscience education and the advancement of women in areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She has an M.ST. in Geology from the University of Florida and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Kentucky University. Her specific research interests from a pedagogical perspective are in the classroom incorporation of student-centered, problem-based learning for enhanced student engagement and understanding. She is currently working to develop more hands-on, inquiry focused laboratory experiences for introductory geology students. From an educational leadership perspective, Dr. Crowder is also interested in gendered organizations and the effects that gendering has on women in STEM disciplines and on women in the wider world of academia. In her dissertation The University as a Gendered Organization: Effects on Management Type, Climate, and Job Satisfaction, she studied faculty job satisfaction and perceptions of organizational management type and climate, particularly focusing on the differences in these areas between genders and among college disciplines. For more information about her teaching and research interests, please contact Dr. Crowder at margaret.crowder@wku.edu or at (270) 745-5973.


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SCOTT DOBLER  recently joined the faculty and is a synoptic climatologist. For the past decade, Scott has been employed in the private sector as a GIS specialist and education consultant, as well as serving in the Kentucky National Guard as an E-7. He has broad teaching and research interests in the fields of meteorology, climatology, human-environment interaction, demography, folklore, K-12 education, and economics. Scott is actively pursuing research topics that address various economic development problems in Kentucky. One factor has been the impact of legal and illegal migrants on Kentucky farming communities. For more information about his teaching and research interests contact Scott at scott.dobler@wku.edu. He would especially like to hear from Kentucky K-12 teachers interested in geoscience pedagogy development.


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Dr. JOSH DURKEE joined the Department in Fall 2008 after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His primary research interests include assessing the role of mesoscale convective complexes (MCCs) in precipitation variability in North and South America. He is particularly interested in using space-borne instruments, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, for estimating rainfall. He is also interested in understanding how changes in land cover may alter the physical and rainfall characteristics of MCCs. Josh has also published research pertaining to severe wind storms that are not associated with thunderstorms. He is particularly interested in developing dynamic models that help determine the various origins of these non-convective wind events (NCWEs), and coupling these models with remote sensing data in order to improve the forecast for these potentially dangerous wind storms. Josh has also conducted education-based research with the aim of improving teaching and learning of science and mathematics in introductory weather and climate laboratories and developing modern educational student assessment tools. For more information about these or other of his research projects, as well as opportunities for research collaboration, feel free to contact Dr. Durkee at joshua.durkee@wku.edu.


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Dr. XINGANG FAN joined the Department in August 2009. He is an atmospheric scientist with interests in weather and climate modeling and prediction, as well as in multidisciplinary areas such as the interactions between weather-climate and soil temperature and moisture, land use and vegetation, geothermal heat flow, and karst landscapes. His long-term interests concern the impact of land surfaces on weather and climate, particularly soil temperature and moisture. In the mesoscale modeling area, he has conducted research on satellite data assimilation in an attempt to improve cloud modeling, surface wind modeling and, ultimately, to improve the accuracy of weather prediction. In climate studies, he has conducted studies and published in climate predictability, climate downscaling and applications, regional climate change and afforestation/reforestation, seasonal to annual climate prediction, as well as climate modeling. Raw data analysis and diagnostic studies applying statistical methods are also components of his studies. Dr. Fan has broad interests in weather, climate, and environmental sciences. You can contact him via email at xingang.fan@wku.edu for more information about his research and projects, as well as for opportunities in collaborative research.


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Dr. STUART FOSTER  is a geographer with technical interests in data visualization and analysis, including the development and application of varying-parameter models and other tools for exploratory spatial data analysis. His topical interests are centered on climatology. He received a Ph.D. in Geography from The Ohio State University. He serves as the State Climatologist for Kentucky and is Director of the Kentucky Climate Center. He is a member of the Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Team and serves as co-chair of the Climate and Water Resources Data Team. Dr. Foster is also Director of the Kentucky Mesonet, a research-grade network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations that serves the Commonwealth. Dr. Foster serves as the 2012-2013 President of the American Association of State Climatologists. For more information about his research interests, the Kentucky Climate Center, or the Kentucky Mesonet, contact Dr. Foster at stuart.foster@wku.edu.


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Dr. NAHID GANI  is fascinated by the processes responsible for shaping the Earth. Her research focuses on investigating geologic (tectonic, structural and climatic) constraints on evolving landscapes in both extensional and compressional settings. She primarily integrates GIS and remote sensing based modeling, low-temperature thermochronology and quantitative river profile analysis. Currently, her research is focused on the Ethiopian Plateau (East Africa), Book Cliff (Utah) and the Himalaya (Nepal). For more detailed information, visit her website or email her at nahid.gani@wku.edu.


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Dr. GREG GOODRICH  joined the faculty in 2005 after completing his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His research focuses on how multi-decadal climate teleconnections such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) influence precipitation patterns associated with interannual teleconnections such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). He is especially interested in the impact of drought and precipitation patterns on agriculture. Dr. Goodrich is also interested in climate regionalization and has developed seasonal drought models based on a number of climatic variables. Dr. Goodrich has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed Journals, including Climate Research, Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society, and Weather and Forecasting. For more information about his research topics and agenda, contact Dr. Goodrich at gregory.goodrich@wku.edu.


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Dr. MARGARET "PEGGY" GRIPSHOVER  is an associate professor who joined the Department of Geography and Geology faculty in August 2009. Prior to coming to WKU, she was a faculty member at Marshall University and the University of Tennessee (UT). Her research is centered on the interplay between cultural, historical, and economic geography in the U.S. South, and the Midwest. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography from UT where she wrote her dissertation on the development and diffusion of the Tennessee Walking Horse. She has continued her interests in equine geographies with research on mules and horses in Kentucky. One of her current research projects involves using Kentucky Derby winners’ foaling locations to analyze agricultural land use change in Central Kentucky. Her research on horses also extends to the American Saddlebred, a breed that was developed in Kentucky. Dr. Gripshover also has interests in sports geography, specifically baseball. She is writing a book on the life and times of Charles H. Weeghman--the man who built what we now know as Wrigley Field in Chicago. Dr. Gripshover’s book examines the roles that individual decision makers, like “Lucky” Charlie Weeghman, have had on shaping the cultural and economic landscape of Chicago. In addition to her Weeghman book project, her research on “Wrigleyville,” the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field appeared as a book chapter in Northsiders (McFarland, 2008). She has published journal articles on baseball players’ involvement in dog fighting during the early 1900s, and the role of weather in early 20th century spring training in the Baseball Research Journal. Dr. Gripshover is also involved in research in the Bowling Green area. She is examining the cultural and environmental connections between Bowling Green’s karst topography and the life of Henry C. Jamison, a former slave who lived in city’s historically African American “Shake Rag” neighborhood. Dr. Gripshover recently presented her research on Bowling Green’s 19th and early 20th century neighborhoods and the role of gender and family structure in the transition of those neighborhoods to commercial land uses. Dr. Gripshover, along with husband (and geographer) Dr. Thomas L. Bell, have published research on the Great Chicago Fire as well as on the changing landscapes and technologies associated with onion farming in the U.S. Dr. Gripshover and Dr. Bell also serve as co-editors of the journal, FOCUS on Geography, published by the American Geographical Society. In 2013, she was named State Geographer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She also serves on the board of the Kentucky Geographic Names Committee and the Kentucky Geographic Alliance. Dr. Gripshover’s current teaching responsibilities include Honors in World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, and the Geography of Kentucky. For more information about Dr. Gripshover’s teaching and research interests, contact her via e-mail at margaret.gripshover@wku.edu.


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Dr. CHRIS GROVES  is a WKU Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology and director of the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia in 1993. Since coming to WKU, Groves has received Ogden College Awards for Outstanding Teaching (1995), Research and Creative Activity (2000), and Public Service (2010). Over the years he has developed an active international research program specializing in karst hydrogeology, geochemistry, and water resources, with recent peer-reviewed papers appearing in the Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Contaminant Hydrogeology, and Environmental Geology. Over the past 15 years, much of this effort has been working with colleagues to understand and improve karst water resources in southwest China through the programs of the China Environmental Health Project. Currently, Groves serves as a co-leader of the UNESCO Scientific Program IGCP598 “Environmental Change and Sustainability in Karst Systems” and is on the Board of Governors of UNESCO’s International Research Center on Karst. Closer to home, Groves serves on Kentucky’s Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy. In 2012 he was selected by China’s Ministry of Land and Resources as a finalist for the China Friendship Award, that nation’s highest award for “foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress.” For more information about research opportunities contact Dr Groves at chris.groves@wku.edu.


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Dr. DAVID J. KEELING  is Department Head (since 2001)and a University Distinguished Professor of Geography. As a cultural geographer, he addresses issues of transportation, sustainable development, globalization, urban growth, and regional change, with Latin America and Europe his primary areas of research. His recent research projects include a critique of Argentina's claims on the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), an analysis of Comuna 13 in Medellín, Colombia , a critique of research on Latin American transport issues, a three-year-long decadal assessment of research on transportation issues published in Progress in Human Geography, globalization's impact on Latin American societies (published in the Journal of Latin American Geography, transportation challenges for Latin America [published in 2008 in the Journal of Latin American Geography), landscape changes in World Cities, and the cultural geography of Rock and Roll music. Currently he is completing a review of the Southern Cone chapter for a leading textbook on Latin America, and writing a new chapter on transportation for the same textbook. Dr Keeling serves on the Board of Councilors for the American Geographical Society and is also the Society's Assistant Treasurer. He serves as the Editor for the Americas of the Journal of Transport Geography. In his role as a Fellow and Councilor of the AGS, he contributes Op Ed pieces on issues of geopolitical or economic change (see recent commentaries), observations on current geopolitical issues, and lectures around the world on travel expeditions representing the AGS and WKU on educational geography expeditions. Dr. Keeling also frequently leads departmental study abroad programs to various corners of the globe, with past programs visiting Chile (2005), Australia (2002), Turkey, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Mexico, England, Belgium, Egypt, and France, with recent KIIS programs in Argentina (2010, 2011), and scheduled for Argentina  in summer 2014. Both undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to participate in research projects underway in the Department, including those available through the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute and through the Kentucky MesoNet initiative. Dr. Keeling recently directed a research project in Colombia with the support of the American Geographical Society's Bowman Expeditions. More detailed information about his research publications and course offerings can be found at his website. For more information about his research topics and agenda, contact Dr Keeling at david.keeling@wku.edu


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Dr. REZAUL MAHMOOD specializes in hydroclimatology (soil moisture and precipitation) and agricultural climatology. Currently, he is working on the soil moisture climatology of the Northern Great Plains and its relationship with long-term climate conditions: impacts of land use on near-surface hydrologic cycle components, including soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and temperature; drought, surface solar radiation modeling and dew point temperature modeling. He also investigates scale issues in soil-moisture measurement and modeling. Over the past few years, Rezaul has conducted research on monsoonal precipitation and soil moisture availability, modeling their impacts on rainfed rice productivity. He also has examined climate change and temperature variability and modeled their impacts on crop productivity, irrigation water requirements, and cropping pattern. Rezaul has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed Journals, including Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Ecological Modeling, Physical Geography, and Progress in Physical Geography. For more information about his research topics and agenda, visit his Vita, or contact Dr. Mahmood at rezaul.mahmood@wku.edu.


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Dr. MICHAEL MAY  is a sedimentary geologist with expertise in subsurface and outcrop mapping in carbonates and siliciclastics and in sedimentologic aspects of environmental geology. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from Indiana University, where he worked on a tectonostratigraphic reconstruction of pre-Laramide basins and their associated Jurassic and Cretaceous fluvial sediments in Wyoming. Earlier graduate work at The University of Kansas afforded him research opportunities on western Pacific atoll islands investigating modern carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis. Dr. May also has experience from two major oil companies in both West Texas and the Gulf Coast and from two environmental consulting companies in the Midwest. He routinely incorporates his past employment experience into his undergraduate and graduate curriculum offerings as case studies or class projects. His wife, Beth, presently works as a geologist for an environmental consulting firm and she also provides information for his case studies, keeping him with a fresh supply of exercises! He has recently published papers dealing with the use of X-ray fluorescence technology at mining waste sites in Mississippi Valley Type ores and on hydrogeologic complexities in Ordovician rocks at a military installation in Kentucky. He also recently co-authored a paper on diagenetic mineralogy, geochemistry, and dynamics of Mesozoic arkoses in the Hartford Rift Basin in Connecticut. His current research effort includes undergraduate and graduate student-assisted outcrop and subsurface investigation of Mississippian and Pennsylvanian rocks in south central and western Kentucky associated with the Mississippian-Pennsylvanian Unconformity. The goal of the current research is to incorporate geophysical well log, petrography and outcrop data to map out the unconformity and ultimately define in detail the tectonostratigraphic framework for basal Pennsylvanian channel sequences. He recently was successful in getting an EPA environmental geophysics short course directed to WKU. Any professional or student is invited to attend this summer short course (usually run in late June). The course provides good hands-on experience in the use of electromagnetic, resistivity, ground penetrating radar, seismic, and magnetic methods to map subsurface geologic features. Dr. May is also involved with co-teaching science to pre-service teachers through a NASA-funded course (NOVA -NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics) and co-teaching environmental regulations and technical issues as an adjunct faculty member for the University of North Carolina. Through his short-course and other nontraditional teaching opportunities and participation in seminars he has traveled to coastal Virginia, Florida and, China. For more information about his teaching and research interests contact Dr. May at michael.may@wku.edu.


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Dr. LESLIE NORTH   recently earned her doctorate in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Since she was first exposed to karst science as an undergraduate student, Leslie has focused her collegiate and research activities to understanding and protecting these fragile terrains. During her master’s thesis research, which focused on evaluating anthropogenic karst disturbances, Leslie reached the startling conclusion that both the general public and policymakers have a very limited understanding of karst terrains, resulting in widespread misuse of these landscapes. As a result, for her dissertation Dr North conducted the first holistic study of karst-related educational programs implemented in the United States and abroad, and the tools, techniques, and feasibility of educating the general public at karst attractions, particularly show-cave facilities. Through a large body of data collected from over 100 show caves worldwide, she was able to illustrate the existence of multiple missed opportunities and misconceptions about educational pursuits in informal learning environments that are ultimately hindering the pursuit of appropriate geologic education and encouraging erroneous measures of program success. For more information about his teaching and research interests contact Dr. North at leslie.north@wku.edu.


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Dr. JASON POLK  is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geology and the Associate Director of Science for the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute. He earned his doctorate degree from the University of South Florida in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy, where his research focused on karst and speleogenesis, climate change, and water resources. Dr. Polk's research interests are highly interdisciplinary drawing on physical geography, geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and geoarchaeology, primarily working in cave and karst landscapes around the world. He currently has projects that investigate the geomorphology and hydrology (including water quality) of karst environments, isotope geochemistry, karst resource inventory and management, and the influence of climate change on paleohydrology. Dr. Polk's field sites include the Caribbean, China, Europe, and the US, where he works on reconstructing climate change in karst landscapes, water resource issues, contaminant transport in karst aquifers, and human-environment interaction issues, among others. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts, is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society, and is Vice President of The Karst Conservancy. He is also a member of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, International Association of Hydrogeologists, and the Association of American Geographers. Dr. Polk also serves as advisor for the Green River Grotto student organization, which is focused on caving and karst-related research, mapping, and exploration. For more information about these or other of his research projects, as well as opportunities for research collaboration or interest in becoming a graduate student, feel free to contact Dr. Polk at jason.polk@wku.edu or (270) 745-5015. .


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Dr. FRED SIEWERS  is a sedimentary geologist with expertise in carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy and invertebrate paleontology. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Illinois, where he worked on the origin and stratigraphic significance of discontinuity surfaces (hardgrounds and paleokarst surfaces) in Middle Ordovician limestones of Nevada. He has a wide range of interests in geoscience research, including instructional technology. In 1997 while teaching at Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois, he founded and co-administered the Rock Valley EdNet, an educational intranet and on-line learning community. Since joining the Department of Geography and Geology in 1998, Dr. Siewers has worked on the origin of "coal-ball" concretions in Pennsylvanian coal seams and the preservation of plant remains in those concretions. Dr. Siewers enjoys working with students and colleagues on research projects and is always looking for new students and colleagues with whom to collaborate. He has extensive experience in field geology as well as with a variety of laboratory techniques, including sedimentary petrography, cathodoluminscence microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and geochemical microanalysis. He is actively involved in geoscience education, both regionally and nationally, and enjoys maintaining a "web-log" of noteworthy happenings in geology. He is an associate of the WKU Center for Biodiversity Studies and is the secretary and treasurer of the WKU Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Additionally, he is the secretary of the Geology Section of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Feel free to contact Dr. Siewers via e-mail or phone (270-745-5988).


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Dr. ANDREW H. WULFF's recent research interests include the petrogenetic history of volcanic rocks in the Chilean Andes and Mojave Desert, the health effects of residential radon and airborne particulate quartz dust, and connections to anthropology/archeology such as the sourcing of chert artifacts using trace element signatures, and the modeling paleoenvironments associated with early hominid finds in Java. These research interests involve quantitative analysis of a wide variety of geological materials using XRF, XRD, ICP-MS, SEM and electron microprobe, and he is pleased to have both undergraduate and graduate students as colleagues in all aspects of these investigations. Dr. Wulff also has a strong interest in developing innovative teaching strategies for all levels and is active in contributing to the earth science curricula in the local school district. Andrew is the 2013 winner of the WKU and Ogden Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is active in training and leading workshops for pre- and in-service earth science teachers. Dr. Wulff serves as advisor for undergraduate Honors students and for undergraduate research projects. Students are expected to become proficient in analytical techniques, write grants, abstracts, and papers - and present research results at professional meetings. Students on these projects have so far received 34 grants from different sources. Contact Dr. Wulff at 270-745-5976; or email at: andrew.wulff@wku.edu


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Dr. JUN YAN joined the WKU faculty in 2004. He has a Ph.D. in GIScience from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), an M.S. in GIS and Remote Sensing from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a B.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from Peking University, China. Dr. Yan's professional interests range from the theoretical development of GIScience to the applications of GIS technologies and spatial quantitative methods. One of his interests is the adoption of computational methods in a geographic domain. His current research activities mainly focus on spatio-temporal data mining in large geospatial databases. Dr. Yan conducts research on the applications of GIS and other information technologies in solving a variety of real-world geographic problems. Particularly, he works in the areas related to urban and regional analysis, transportation, public health, criminology, and environmental studies. He is looking forward to working with students who are interested in pursuing geography and GIS as a professional career! For more information, contact Dr. Yan at 270-745-8952 by phone or via email at jun.yan@wku.edu

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