Student Research

Graduate student work

GPR students’ work in progress:

Grant Brummels (BS, Environmental Sciences, 2004, Northern Arizona University) 
MS Applied GIS thesis topic: Energy Engineering and Policy
Adviser: Dr. Alan A. Lew

Timothy Dealy (BS, Management, 2000, United States Coast Guard Academy; BS Parks and Recreation Management, 2006, Northern Arizona University)
MA Rural Geography thesis topic: Recreation in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, using GIS
Adviser: Dr. Pam Foti

Cadi Fung (BS Aquatic Biology, BS Geology [Paleobiology emphasis], 2006, University of California, Santa Barbara)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences thesis topic: Human-animal relationships and environmental perception in animal sanctuaries
Advisers: Dr. Tina Kennedy and Dr. James Sell

Andrew Gillette (BS Geography, 2007, Northern Arizona University)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences practicum topic: Evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of GIS with the case management process in local government at Coconino County
Adviser: Dr. R. Dawn Hawley

Greg Goodwin (BS Geography, 2001, Northern Arizona University)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences practicum topic: Mapping rare and endangered plants using GIS
Adviser: Dr. R. Dawn Hawley

Kerstin Haslinger (BA, Applied Geography, 2001, California State University- Stanislaus)
MA Rural Geography thesis topic: Soil surface properties prediction with use of ASAR dual polarity imagery
Adviser(s): Dr. Ruihong Ray Huang

Ruth Hennings (BS Sociology [Demography] and Spanish, 2006, Western Washington University)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences thesis topic: Energy monitoring systems
Adviser: Dr. R. Dawn Hawley

Kristen Honig (BS, Interior Design, 2002, Texas Tech University)
MS Applied GIS thesis topic: Simulating the effects of climate change and ecological restoration on wildfire behavior in Southwestern ponderosa pine forests
Advisers: Dr. Pete Fule and Alan A. Lew

Ian Huntsberger (BS Geography, 2009, Northern Arizona University)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences practicum topic:
Adviser: Dr. Alan A. Lew

Richard Immell (BS, Anthropology and Biology, 2003, University of New Mexico, AS GIST San Juan College)
MS Applied GIS thesis topic: Effects of Land-use Change on Lake Sedimentation Rates in West-Central Alberta, Canada.
Adviser: Dr. Erik Schiefer

Md Ali Haider Khan (BSc Forestry, 1992, Chittagong University, Bangladesh; M.Sc. Remote Sensing & GIS, 2006, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences practicum topic: Effects of Multiple Fires on Spatial Pattern of Ponderosa Pine in the Gila Wilderness (New Mexico)
Adviser: Dr. Alan A. Lew

Robb Krause (BS, Geography, 2006, Appalachian State University)
MS Applied GIS thesis topic: Monitoring and modeling mountain pine beetle caused tree mortality at the public and private land interface in northern Colorado
Adviser: Dr. Lenn Berlin

Paul “Zeke” Lauck (BS, Applied Geography-Geographic Information Management, 2000, Northern Arizona University)
MA Rural Geography practicum topic: Explorations of MODIS NDVI data for use in Resource Monitoring in Southwestern U.S. Parks
Adviser: Dr. Carolyn M. Daugherty

Kelly McGill (BS, Recreation, 2003, University of Montana)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences thesis topic: The relationship of boater and angler safety with flow on the Colorado River
Adviser: Dr. Pam Foti

Adam McManus (BA Anthropology/Political Science, 2003, Iowa State University)
MS Applied Geographic Information Sciences practicum topic: GIS Application in Archaeology
Adviser: Dr. Lenn Berlin

Andrew Morrow (BS, Parks and Recreation Management, 2003, Northern Arizona University)
MS Applied GIS practicum topic:
Adviser: Dr. Pam Foti

Ronda Newton (BS, Geography/Environmental Studies, 2002, Radford University)
MA Rural Geography thesis topic: Research and management policies in Grand Canyon National Park
Adviser: Dr. James Sell

L. Homana Pawiki (BA, Independent Pattern of Study- Planning in Native American Communities, 1986, Occidental College)
MA Rural Geography thesis topic: Community Development Models in Three American Indian Pueblo Communities.
Adviser: Dr. Carolyn M. Daugherty

George Sfinarolakis (BS, Economics, 1999, University of Athens, Greece)
MS Applied Geospatial Science thesis topic: Applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the Economics of Location
Adviser: Dr. Ruihong Ray Huang

Kareem Shihab (BS, Biology [Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior], 2005, The University of Texas at Austin)
MS Applied GIS thesis topic: A Comparison of Three Mesoscale Wind Models in Arizona.
Advisers: Dr. Ruihong Ray Huang

Deborah Staszak (BS, Applied Geography Geographic Information Management, 2003, Northern Arizona University)
MS Applied GIS practicum topic: Desert tortoise habitat protection and management with the Red Cliff Desert Preserve in St George Utah.
Advisers: Dr. Carolyn Daugherty and Dr. Pam Foti

Robert Tusso (BS, Physical Science Education, 2001, Plymouth State College)
MA Rural Geography thesis topic: Using Changes in Bed Surface Grain Size as a Proxy for Changes in Bed Sand Storage, Colorado River, Grand Canyon
Adviser: Dr. Erik Schiefer

Sandra Upite (BS, Botany, 1997, Miami University)
MA Rural Geography thesis topic: Physical Geography and Land Use Change
Adviser: Dr. James Sell

Lizz Ubaldo Wandag (BS, Geography, 1994, University of the Philippines-Diliman)
MS Applied Geospatial Sciences thesis topic: World heritage sites and GIS
Adviser: Dr. R. Dawn Hawley

Nicole Antonopoulos Woodman (BA, Anthropology, 1993, University of Kansas)
MA Rural Geography thesis topic: Public Attitudes toward Wind Energy Developments in Northern Arizona
Adviser: Dr. Jim Sell