Department of Geography

Mapes (left) and Koopman (right) They remember the sights and sounds of helicopters and trucks as the Ohio National Guard moved into their small college town. They remember the smell of tear gas. They remember the chants of the protesters against the Vietnam War and invasion of Cambodia. They remember the panic and fear that ensued immediately after they heard that four students...

An image of the globe over North America, showing increased warm weather in a yellow-to-red scale Research into the air masses that drive changes in our day-to-day weather has been limited by land-based and regional studies, leaving wide gaps in our understanding of these impactful phenomena. A new paper by a Kent State University geographer has just filled in most of those gaps. In August, the...

Picture of sun shining over Kent campus David Kaplan, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, has been elected president of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the premier academic and professional geography organization in the United States, for 2019-20.  “It is a...

Chris Post, Ph.D., associate professor of geography at Kent State University at Stark, is a memorials expert who serves as a member of Kent State President Beverly J. Warren’s Advisory Committee for the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970. Cultural and historical geographer seeks to connect importance for today’s students, society Growing up, Chris Post watched as his mom juggled her collegiate studies and motherhood, balancing everyday life with dreams of earning her Ph.D. And while field excursions with his biologist mom are a memory of his childhood, the impact of place is...

Chris Post, Ph.D., associate professor of geography at Kent State University at Stark, is a memorials expert who serves as a member of Kent State President Beverly J. Warren’s Advisory Committee for the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970. Cultural and historical geographer seeks to connect importance for today’s students, society Growing up, Chris Post watched as his mom juggled her collegiate studies and motherhood, balancing everyday life with dreams of earning her Ph.D. And while field excursions with his biologist mom are a memory of his childhood, the impact of place is...

Chris Post, Ph.D., associate professor of geography at Kent State University at Stark, is a memorials expert who serves as a member of Kent State President Beverly J. Warren’s Advisory Committee for the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970. More Extremes In A Changing Climate: An Interview With Cameron Lee Ph.D. Cameron Lee, Ph.D., discusses with local NPR station, WKSU, the effects of a changing climate. In the ten minute interview Dr. Lee explains how we should expect to see greater extremes in light of a globally changing climate.  You can access the article and interview at the...

Three graduate students part of the new seafloor Mappers-in-Training Program From October 4-12, 2018, the NOAA Ship Rainier welcomed aboard three graduate students for a new seafloor Mappers-in-Training Program. USC Sea Grant recruited nearly 50 applicants from around the United States, and Kwanza Johnson (Kent State University; center), George Snyder (University of California, Davis; left) and Sky Smith (University of...

David Kaplan (center), professor in the Department of Geography, is one of three educators honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching award a tenured or tenure-track professor can receive. Many professors have certain influences that inspire them to teach. For David Kaplan, Ph.D., professor in Kent State University's Department of Geography, that inspiration comes from his father.   “My father was a university professor in psychology, and I remember well the dedication he brought to his job and to his students,” Dr. Kaplan...

Hurricane Katrina brings the band Cairo together with a Kent State geography professor. Andrew Curtis, Ph.D., geography professor and co-director of Kent State University’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Health & Hazards Lab, is recognized as a leader in his field. But, his work transcends the classroom. After Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in...

Kathryn Hannum Headshot The Society of Woman Geographers (SWG) Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research is made possible by a generous bequest from Ms. Evelyn L. Pruitt. Ms. Pruitt was a research geographer with the United States Navy whose work from the 1940s into the 1970s greatly advanced the study of coastal environments, the use of remote...