Kent State Geography Welcomes Three New Faculty
We’re welcoming two new assistant professors to the Kent campus, Dr. Tim Assal and Dr. He Yin.
Tim Assal is a biogeographer studying the effects of disturbance (e.g. drought, fire and insects) on forest and shrubland ecosystems. He combines field studies, satellite sensors and computer modeling to identify when, where and why change took place. His goal is to provide sound science to both resource managers and policy makers to help shape ecosystem management and conservation as we move into an uncertain future. He comes to Kent from the U.S. Geological Survey where he used a number of remote sensing applications to measure the rate and pattern of environmental change.
He Yin comes to Kent from a position as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2014. He is interested in utilizing remote sensing and geospatial techniques for environmental monitoring and assessment. His specific interests are satellite imagery time series and geo-spatial analysis with a strong focus on land use and land cover change. Yin’s previous projects focused on agriculture, forest and urban changes in China, Central Asia, Caucasus and the U.S.
The Kent State University at Stark geography program is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Gordon Cromley to its program this fall as an assistant professor. Dr. Cromley just completed his Ph.D. and will contribute greatly to the geography and environmental studies programs. He will also strengthen the presence of GIS on the Stark campus and make that technology more available to all faculty and students.