Department of Geography

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Their remarkable work takes place in studios, classrooms, laboratories and outdoors. They have been published in prestigious journals, authored books and received significant research grants. Now, they add a new honor to their list of notable achievements. Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren recently presented 13 Kent State faculty...