Department of Geography

James Tyner 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...

Kent State University alumna Amy Robyn Krystosik, Ph.D., and her team are currently in Kenya collecting data through spatial videos (SV) that will be converted into a GIS map of disease risk factors. It takes a flight of nearly 20 hours to get from Ohio to Nairobi, Kenya, where students and an alumna from Kent State University’s College of Public Health are making an impact on the lives of people who reside in the slums.   The team is collaborating on a project that uses a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze risk factors in...

David Kaplan Headshot Dr. David Kaplan has been elected Vice President of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) for 2018-2019. Dr. Kaplan will automatically be elected as President for the 2019-2020 term, to be followed by another term as Past President in 2020-2021. Dr. Kaplan will succeed Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach of the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Kaplan...

An irrigation canal runs through a Cambodian rice field A recent publication by Kent State geographers sheds more light on the causes of the Cambodian genocide that wiped out roughly a quarter of the country’s population in the late 1970s. Co-authored with Kent State geography professor James Tyner in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, doctoral student Stian Rice’s article “The rice...

An irrigation canal runs through a Cambodian rice field In the wake of the Parkland massacre, American Association of Geographers President, Derek Alderman, reaches out to newly selected AAG Fellow, James “Jim” Tyner, who has written several books and important articles on the relationship between space, society, and violence. The original article may be accessed at...

Photo by Melissa Olson As the United States entered WWII, trailblazing women like Bea McPherson, BS ’43, took on the task of providing essential handmade maps for the war effort—and charted the course for today’s women mapmakers. By Jan Senn Bea (Shaheen) McPherson, BS ’43, remembers many things about her long, eventful life. Like where she was at Kent State on...

Photo by Melissa Olson As the United States entered WWII, trailblazing women like Bea McPherson, BS ’43, took on the task of providing essential handmade maps for the war effort—and charted the course for today’s women mapmakers. By Jan Senn Bea (Shaheen) McPherson, BS ’43, remembers many things about her long, eventful life. Like where she was at Kent State on...

Kent State University researchers use cameras, GPS and experts to help track opioid use in Portage County. Driving through the streets of Ravenna on a weekday afternoon, you probably wouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Gray clouds hover overhead. A steady hum of traffic lurks in the air. A mom pushes a stroller down West Main Street. But as a Ravenna police officer looks at the parking lot of a popular fast food restaurant, it sparks...

Cameron Lee, Ph.D., (left) and Scott Sheridan, Ph.D., (right) from Kent State University’s Department of Geography have teamed up to secure two research grants to study climate change and weather patterns. A pair of Kent State University geographers have teamed up to secure two research grants totaling more than $550,000 for separate projects to study climate change and weather patterns. Geography Professor and Chair Scott Sheridan, Ph.D., will lead a project titled “Using a Synoptic Climatological Framework to Assess Predictability of Anomalous...

Two Kent State University geography professors use the lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the forecast of Hurricane Irma as teaching tools in the classroom. Geography professors at Kent State University see Hurricane Harvey’s unusual rainfall and the flooding in its aftermath as an opportunity to teach their students about meteorology, the health hazards left behind and the people whose lives have been changed forever. And now, with the Category 5 Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, after...