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Chase Adams
Email:
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Prior Degrees:
Research Interests:

 

Myrna E. Arroyo
Email: marroy1@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rob Mann
Prior Degrees: Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Juris Doctor, Tulane University; Master of Business Administration, Tulane University
Research Interests: Historical archaeology; Spanish colonial history and archaeology; anthropology of food and wine; underwater archaeology; and legal issues regarding protection of cultural property

Katie Berchak
Email: kberch1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Kent Matthewson
Prior Degrees: BA, Tulane; MA, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: Cultural geography/anthropology, the Southeastern US, tourism, gender, historical geography, ethnic/immigration, New Orleans, New York City

Amanda Billiot
Email: abilli6@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Prior Degrees: B.S. Meteorology, Univeristy of South Alabama
Research Interests: Climatology, climate change impacts and adaptation

Mike Bitton
Email: mbitto1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hesp
Prior Degrees: BSc in Physical Geography and Environmental Science, Wilfrid Laurier University; MES in Physical Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University; BEd in Secondary Education, University of Ottawa
Research Interests: coastal geomorphology, including coastal morphodynamics, spatial and temporal change of large scale systems, and beach-dune interactions

Mikeal Blackford
Email: mblac19@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
Prior Degrees: BA in Geology and Environmental Studies, minor in Anthropology, Macalester College; MS in Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: human overpopulation, economic geography, history of agricultural industrialization, World War I, space exploration, disaster science, environmental policy & law, Celtic musicology & associated folklore, interactions of science & society, science communication

Thomas Brasdefer
Email: tbrasd1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. M. Jill Brody &  Dr. William C. Rowe
Prior Degrees: Maîtrise, American Civilization / French for Foreigners (Université d'Artois); Masters, American Civilization / Cultural Anthropology (Université de Poitiers)
Research Interests: Indigenous Studies, Geolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Critical Geopolitics, Educational Theory and Practice, Critical Language Policy, Geographies of Power, Scale.

 

Rebecca M. Brown
Email: rbrow74@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Prior Degree: BA Anthropology from CUNY Hunter
Research Interests: Prehistoric Archaeology of the Southeastern United States

 

Samantha Chaisson
Email: schais1@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
Prior Degrees: BA in History, LSU
Research Interests: water resources, impacts of drought on cities

Jim Chaney
Email: jchane5@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Prior Degrees: BA in Geography, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Grad. Certificate, Geoscience, Middle Tennessee State University; Grad. Certificate, G.I.S., Western Kentucky University; MA in Geography/Geoscience, Western Kentucky University
Research Interests: transnational migration (mainly between the United States and Latin America), ethnicity, and qualitative research methods

 

Louise Cheetham
Email: lcheet1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr Craig Colten
Prior Degrees: Bachelor of Architectural Studies, University of Cape Town (South Africa); Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honors), University of Pretoria (South Africa); Master of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: Mississippi River Basin, Mobility, North-South Connections, Cultural Landscapes, Engineered River Control

Yi-Chia Chen
Email: ychen6@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Miles Richardson
Prior Degrees:
Research Interests: Ethnographic methodology, place and culture, post-conflict landscape, postmodern theories in geographies, tourism geography

Peter A. Cropley
Email: petecropley@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Rob Mann
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, UMASS - Boston
Research Interests: North American Archaeology and Louisiana History/Prehistory

Pamela Dixon
Email: pamela.dixon@la.gov
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Prior Degrees: BA in Geography, San Francisco State University
Research Interests: Transportation planning & Urban planning

Julie Doucet
Email: jdouce6@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: prehistoric shell rings and middens; archaeology

Meghan Ducos
Email: eileash@yahoo.com
Advisor: Mary Manhein
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology; Certificate in Forensic Anthropology
Research Interests: Forensic Anthropology, particularly in comparative osteology in juveniles (growth and development)

Brandon Edwards
Email: bedwar4@lsu.edu
Advisor:  Dr. Steve Namikas
Prior Degrees: BS in Geography, Louisiana State University; MA in Geography, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: Nearshore, aeolian, and surficial processes on beaches, innovative instrumentation and monitoring techniques and analysis methods

 

Paige Elrod
Email: pelrod1@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Mary Manhein
Prior Degrees: B.A. Anthropology, University of Washington
Research Interests: Forensic Anthropology, specifically individual stress markers. Also interested in burial practices.

Amanda Evans
Email: aevan21@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hesp
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, Indiana University; MA in Anthropology, Florida State University
Research Interests: Marine archaeology, public outreach and education in archaeology, submerged cultural resource management

Rachael Ann Faris
Email: rfarri3@lsu.edu
Advisor: Mary Manhein
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Research Interests: Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

Randy Faucheux
Email:
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Jackson
Prior Degrees:
Research Interests: Language policies concerning American Indians, language planning and language maintenance through critical language policy and political geography, issues of power, identity, representation, language shift, postcolonialism.

Georgianna Forrest
Email: hippiechictravels@yahoo.com
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Jackson
Prior Degrees: BA International Studies and History, LSU
Research Interests: Religion, ritual healings, folklore

Cong Fu
Email: cfu2@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Prior Degrees: Master in Geography, Wuhan University, China
Research Interests: GIS, urban geography

 

Annemarie Galeucia
Email: agaleu1@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Kent Mathewson
Degrees: MA Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder
Research Interests: Cultural and Human Geography: issues of American Civil Religion and identity among white people of low socioeconomic status in the United States, capitalism and consumerism, mobile home culture and media influence

Doris Garcia
Email: dgarci2@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Joyce Jackson
Prior Degrees: BA in History and International Relations, City College of New York; MS in International Studies,Central Connecticut University
Research Interests: Political Economy, Social theory, feminist geography, social movements, land rights,  "post' colonial studies

Jennifer Gardner
Email: jgard11@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hesp
Prior Degrees: BA in Communication Arts with a minor in Business Administration, Salisbury University; BA in Anthropology, Salisbury University
Research Interests: terrestrial and maritime archaeology, landscape development from Prehistoric to Early Contact Period in North America

Bethany Garfield
Email: bethanygarfield13@gmail.com
Advisor: Joyce Jackson
Prior Degrees: Master in Journalism & Comm., University of Oregon
Research Interests: Reproductive Trends in Post-Disaster and Third World Environments, Land & Cultural Development of the Greater New Orleans Area, Ecofeminism & Environmental Initiatives on the Local Level, Disaster Science & Management

Robert Gauthreaux III
Email:rgauth8@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Prior Degrees: BS in Meteorology, University of South Alabama
Research Interests:Climate Extremes, tropical and severe meteorology, broadcast meteorology, Louisiana geography

Alex Giancarlo
Email: agianc1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
Prior Degrees:
Research Interests:

Mandy Green
Email: mgree31@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hesp
Prior Degrees: BS in Sustainable Agriculture, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; MS in Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: Coastal geomorphology, coastal restoration, barrier island evolution and restoration

Jenny Hay
Email: jhay3@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
Prior Degrees: BA in Geography, University of Texas at Austin; MS in Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos
Research Interests: Cultural and Historical Geography, historic preservation and varying perspectives on adaptive reuse, sense of place, community identity, and qualitative methods

Kelly Heim
Email: kheim1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Mary Manhein
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, LSU
Research Interests: Forensic Anthropology, osteslogy

Brian Hess
Email: bhess1@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rob Mann
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, University of Washington
Research Interests: Historical archaeology, focusing on American Civil War Battlefields

Lucy A.E. Hochstein
Email: lhochs1@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Ginesse Listi
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology w/ minor in Biology, George Mason University
Research Interests: forensic & cultural anthropology, skeletal trauma imaging & modeling, pathology, reconstruction, musculoskeletal markers of stress, student returness, academic cultures

Corey Hotard
Email: cajunmancooks@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson
Prior Degrees: MA in Anthropology, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: integration of GIS as tool in ethnographic fieldwork, qualitative GIS, cultural heritage, mixed methods, Cajun culture, cooking as performance, ethnic foodways, historic representation of Louisiana food products

Audriana Hubbard
Email: ahubba4@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Prior Degrees: BS in Anthropology & BA in Religion, Florida State University
Research Interests: cultural anthropology, religion & ritual

Myrtho Joseph
Email: myrthoj0101@yahoo.com
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Prior Degrees: BA in Economics & Statistics, Haiti's State University - Techniques of Planning and Applied Economics Center, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; MA in Natural Resources Information System, University of Arizona, School of Natural of Natural Resources
Research Interests: Population Density in urban areas of developing and third-world countries; Urban environment; Business geography - Spatial analysis; Ethnic distribution in the US

 

Andrew Joyner
Email: tjoyne1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Robert Rohli
Prior Degrees: Geography, BS (LSU), Geography, MS (University of Florida)
Research Interests: climatology, climate change, disaster mitigation/planning, spatial/statistical analysis, environmental modeling, GIS, hydrology

Paul Karolczyk
Email: pkarol1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Prior Degrees: BS in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health-Central, Connecticut State University; MS in Geography, Central Connecticut State University
Research Interests:cultural geography, political economy, social theory, space and place in the
cultural politics of contemporary black nationalist movements in the US South

 

Jordan Rebecca Kea
Email:
Advisor:
Dr. Helen Regis
Prior Degrees: An undergraduate in International Studies with minors in Italian and Political Science.
Research Interests: Focus cultural and social anthro, may be looking at Planned Parenthood as a potential thesis topic.

Mia Keaton
Email: mia@keatonclan.com
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: paleopathology, taphonomy

Emley Kerry
Email: ekerry1@yahoo.com
Advisor: Dr. Kathe Managan
Prior Degrees: International Studies & Spanish, LSU
Research Interests: tourism (backpacking in Latin America)

Amanda Kittoe
Email: akitto1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology and Psychology, Case Western Reserve University
Research Interests: human variation, particularly by population, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology and the formation and maintenance of identity

Christopher Maier
Email: cmaier3@lsu.edu
Advisor: Mary Manhein
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Research Interests: physical anthropology, human osteology, forensic anthropology

Marc Massom
Email: mmasso3@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, Minor in Biology, University of Mississippi
Research Interests: Marine archaeology, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, GIS databases and monitoring systems for resource protection and educational program development

 

John W. McEwen
Email: jmcewe3@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson
Prior Degrees: B.S. Geography Jacksonville University 2005; M.S. Geography Florida State University 2009
Research Interests: Regional cultural geography (usually of the U.S. South). More specifically, I am interested in food and leisure/sin geography.

Arnold Modlin
Email: emodli2@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Prior Degrees: BA in History and Geography, East Carolina University; MA in Geography, East Carolina University
Research Interests: Geography of Race, Identity, Memory, and Emotion; Spatial Politics of remembering slavery in the U.S. South and Caribbean, particularly at historic sites and house museums.

  Bedoor Mohammad
Email: bmoham1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
Prior Degrees: BA in Geography, Kuwait University; MA in Geography, California State University, Northridge.
Research Interests: GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Modeling, Physical Geography, natural and human disturbances on ecosystem, Kuwait, Southern California.

Aimee Moles
Email: amoles@lsu.edu
Advisor:
Prior Degrees: BS in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; MSW in the School of Social Work, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: medical geography, ethnobotany

Autumn Montgomery
Email: amontg6@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Jill Brody
Prior Degrees: BA in Drama and Communications with a concentration in film, minors in English and Asian Studies, University of New Orleans
Research Interests: Linguistics, Forensic Osteology, Archaeology – human remains and materials, nautical and coastal architecture

Kimberly Munro
Email: kmunro1@lsu.edu
Advisor: David Chicoine
Prior Degrees: MS in Geography (GIS) from Florida State University
BA in Anthropology & Religion, Florida State University
Research Interests: Andean Archaeology, highland-coastal interaction, GIS, and trade and exchange networks.

Hal Needham
Email: hneedh1@lsu.edu 
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Prior Degrees: BS in Geography, Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests: Coastal flooding from storm surges associated with tropical cyclones along the Gulf of Mexico

Matt Newsom
Email: mattdnewsom@gmail.com 
Advisor: Helen Regis
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, Valdosta State University
Research Interests: psychological anthropology, motivational systems, identity, subculture, southeastern USA

Beverly Nuschler
Email: bnusch1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rob Mann
Prior Degrees: BA in Communications, University of New Orleans; MLIS, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: historical archaeology of the southeastern US, public archaeology, archaeological informatics, GIS, remote sensing

Ryan Orgera
Email: ryan.orgera.lsu@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten
Prior Degrees: BA in French and Spanish, University of South Florida; MA in  French and Francophone Studies, University of South Florida
Research Interests: research deals with how Americans views water culturally and legally. Does what constitute nature? Can aquatic-space be protected?

Marty Pfieffer
Email:
Advisor: Dr. Jill Brody
Prior Degrees:
Research Interests:

Lauren Pharr
Email: lpharr1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, University of Tennessee; MA in Anthropology, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: forensic taphonomy, human decomposition and the postmortem interval, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, crime mapping, geographic and environmental influences the postmortem interval and decomposition patterns, geographic profiling

Amy Potter
Email: amyepotter@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Prior Degrees: BS in Journalism, University of Kansas; MA in Geography, University of Kansas
Research Interests: the Caribbean, transnational migration, common property, political ecology, media representation, post colonialism
Web Site: http://lsu.academia.edu/AmyPotter

 

Emily Powell
Email: epowel8@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Prior Degrees: MS in Geography, University of Georgia
Research Interests: climate change, climate adaptation, natural hazards, conservation, remote sensing and GIS applications

Jamie Ramoneda
Email: jmramoneda@hotmail.com
Advisor:
Prior Degrees:
Research Interests: shrinking cities, unused industrial spaces, former railway lines, brownfield sites, abandoned port areas and under-utilized housing stock, remediation in post-industrial sites, landscape and memory, preservation, urban metabolic processes and puricative landscapes, impact of disasters on urban landscape

Katherine Renken
Email: krenken@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hesp
Prior Degrees: BS in Geology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MA in Geography, East Carolina University
Research Interests: aeolian geomorphology, barrier island dynamics, coastal dune formation and evolution, coastal ecology, remote sensing and GIS use in coastal dune ecology

 

Keenan Robert
Email: krobe22@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Prior Degrees: B.A., International Studies, Louisiana State University, 2008 Certificate, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, The Language House, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009
Research Interests: Geospatial Analysis of Political and Ethnic Violence, GIS Applications for Strategic Geography, Geolinguistics, South Caucasus and Central Asia, Georgian Language and Culture

Mark Robinson
Email: mrobi15@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Prior Degrees: BA in Geography, Portsmouth University; MA in Precolumbian Art and Architecture, Essex University
Research Interests: ancient Maya, southern Belize, ceramics resources use, underwater Maya, trade, hieroglyphics, iconography

Chantae Rudie
Email: tcrudie@gmail.com
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology & Sociology, Truman State University
Research Interests: coastal & underwater archaeology, archaeological site mapping

Phillip Schmutz
Email: pschmu1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Steve Namikas
Prior Degrees: BA in Geography and Environmental Studies, Baylor University; MS in Geography, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: coastal geomorphology, sediment transport and beach hydrology, wind-driven raindrop induced sediment transport (rainsplash-saltation)

Wanyun Shao
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
Prior Degrees:
Research Interests: Drought planning in the Southern US, application of climatology studies into drought planning

Cory Sills
Email: esills1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin; MA in Anthropology, Louisiana State University.
I am currently working on my PhD in geography with a concentration in anthropology.
Research Interests: ancient Maya archaeology, ancient political economies, coastal archaeology, remote sensing and GIS, and environmental change

 

Tamara Spann
Email: tspann3@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Prior Degrees: Auburn University Montgomery, Bachelor of Arts in History and GIS Certificate
Research Interests: Mayan archaeology in Belize

 

Kyle Stich
Email: kstich2@lsu.edu
Advisor: David Chicoine
Prior Degrees: BA Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois
Research Interests: Andean Archaeology, GIS, paleoethnobotany, cultural ecology

Quan Tang
Email: qtang3@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Prior Degrees: BA in Management, China Agricultural University, MA, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research Interests: GIS and remote sensing in urban, spatial analysis, statistical analysis, GIS/RS programming.

 

Brian M. Thibodeaux
Email: bmthibo82@gmail.com
  
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, LSU    
Research Interests: evolution, cromagnon/neanderthal interaction & coexistance, hominid evolution

 

Christopher Ryals Thompson 
Email: thompscr@muohio.edu

Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology & Comparative Religion, Miami University; MA Geography, Miami University    
Research Interests: sustainable development, toursim, GIS, archaeology, paleoanthropology, ancient urbanization, South America, Carribean, East Africa

 

William Tollefson
Email: william.tollefson@gmail.com
  
Advisor: Dr. Robert Rholi
Prior Degrees: BS Geoscience & Professiona Meteorology, Mississippi State University   
Research Interests: applied climatology relating to agriculture & forestry

 

Hays Town 
Email: atown2@tigers.lsu.edu
  
Advisor: Barry Keim
Prior Degrees: B S civil engineering L S U    
Research Interests: Climatology

 

Steven Treloar 
Email: jtrelo1@tigers.lsu.edu
  
Advisor: David Chicoine
Prior Degrees: BA Anthropology, Kansas State    
Research Interests:Andean Archaeology, GIS, Implications of warfare and the transition of defensive structures in northern coastal Perú.

Anna Trevino
Email: anordf1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. David Brown
Prior Degrees: BS in Environmental Geoscience, Texas A&M University; MS in Geography, Texas A&M University
Research Interests: hydroclimatology, urban climates, microclimatology, storm cell bifurcation and splitting for urban areas in the South Central US

 

Javier R. Vázquez
Email: jrvrtc@gmail.com
Research Advisor: Dr. Bob Rohli
Prior Degrees: B.S. in Meteorology from U. of South Alabama
Research Interests: Using GIS to investigate variability in the circumpolar vortex, GIS and Remote Sensing, Climatology

 

Weijie Wang
Email: wwang21@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Prior Degrees: BS in Geographic Information Systems
Research Interests: GIS Applications, Remote sensing, Spatial Analysis, Spatial statistics, WebGIS, Urban planning, GIS programming, mapping sciences and 3D visual geographic Environment modeling.

Dusty Waltner
Email: dwaltn1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis
Prior Degrees: BA in Geography & MS inGeography, University of Montana
Research Interests:imagined geography, authentic identity & performance of Scotland

Jacob Warner
Email: jwarn11@tigers.lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, LSU
Research Interests: urbanism, peruvian pre-history, american pre-history

Case Watkins
Email: awatki4@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Prior Degrees: B.G.S., Louisiana State University; M.S. in Geography, Texas State University
Research Interests:Latin America; historical and contemporary production of palm oil in Bahia, Brazil; colonial landscape transformations; cultural/political ecology; networks connecting New Orleans with Latin America from the colonial period to post-Katrina

Rachel Watson
Email: rwatso9@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop
Prior Degrees: BA, Louisiana State University; MA in Anthropology, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: prehistoric landscapes and coastal adaptations in Mesoamerica

 

Michelle Whipp
Email: mwhipp1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders.
Prior Degrees:  
Research Interests: I am a four field Anthropologist and my current research looks at blood proteins in clay as recreated from various war crimes.  I'm from Alaska.

 

Andrea Paige White
Email: awhit73@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Sauders & Dr. Michael Lutner
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology, University of Florida; MA in Anthropology, College of William & Mary
Research Interests: historical geography, historical & urban archaeology, southeast US, GIS

 

Garrett Wolf
Email: gwolf1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. William Rowe
Prior Degrees: BLA in Landscape Architecture at LSU, BA in Geography at LSU
Research Interests: urban political ecology, political ecology, sustainable development, economic geography, Chicago and Chicagoans' relationship to the environment

 

Jamie Worms
Email: jworms2@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Prior Degrees: BS in geography, University of Maryland at College Park; MA in geography, George Washington University
Research Interests: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; favelas (low income communities); urban geography; mega events

Margaret Wrenn
Email: mwrenn1@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillopp
Prior Degrees: BA in Anthropology with a minor in Classical Civilizations, Louisiana State University
Research Interests: wooden architecture of Maya off coast of Brazil, dendrochronology

 

Yanqing Xu
Email: yxu28@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang
Prior Degrees: BE in Geographic Information System, China University of Geosciences; MS in Cartography & Geographic Information System, Wuhan University
Research Interests: Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Analysis, Quantitative Methods, Urban Geography, GIS for Transportation (GIS-T)
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Hanyu Xiang
Email:xianghanyu1982@yahoo.com.cn
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Prior Degrees: Masters, Wuhan University of Technology, Whut, China
Research Interests: Remoste Sensing

Haikuo Yu
 

Haikuo Yu
Email: hyu13@lsu.edu
Advisor: Dr. Lei Wang
Prior Degrees: BS, Henan University; MS, Peking University
Research Interests: Remote Sensing, GIS, and Spatial Analysis

Recently Awarded Graduate Degrees
2010

Anzhelika Antipova, Ph.D. 
Land Use, Individual Attributes, and Travel Behavior in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang

Harry Gene Brignac, Jr. M.A. 
Further Investigations into the King George Island Mounds Site (16LV22)
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Saunders

Alicia Joy Canfield, M.A. 
Putting a Face on Prehistory:  Reconstructing Late-Mississippian Faces
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Stephanie Marie Crider, M.A. 
Ancestry Determination from Foramen Magnum
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Luke Ethan Driskell, M.S. 
Mapping the Digital Divide in Neighborhoods:  Wi-Fi Access in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Advisor: Dr. Fahui Wang

Meredith Morgan Feike, Ph.D. 
Revitalizing the Suburban Dream:  Disaster, Displacement and Resilience in Eastern Orleans Parish
Advisor: Dr. Miles Richardson

Kellye Alyse French, M.A. 
Head Shaping of the Ancient Maya at Wild Cane Cay and Moho Cay, Belize
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop

Joshua David Kent, Ph.D. 
Using Functional Distance Measures when Calibrating Journey-to-Crime Distance Decay Algorithms
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner

Jessie Frances McCann, M.S. 
Synoptic Circulation of the North American Monsoon System and Precipitation within the Lower Colorado River Basin
Advisor: Dr. David Brown

Sylvia S. Mince, Ph.D. 
The Power Struggle Between Americans and Creoles in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century and Its Influence on the Architecture of New Orleans
Advisor: Dr. Miles Richardson

Harold Francis Needham, III, M.S. 
Identifying Historic Storm Surges and Calculating Storm Surge Return Periods for the Gulf of Mexico Coast
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim
                                      
Sophia Gd Renke, M.A. 
Using Algae to Estimate Postmortem Submersion Interval in a Louisiana Bayou
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Michael Jeffrey Roberts, M.S. 
Dry Event Trends and Frequencies in the South Central United States
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim

Nicole Elizabeth Smith, M.A. 
Demography, Health Status, and Mortuary Rituals of the Late Woodland Poole-Rose Ossuary, Ontario, Canada:  A Study of the Clavicles
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Thomas James Sullivan, Ph.D. 
Designing Irishness:  Ethnicity, Heritage, and Imagined Connection to Place through Language
Advisor: Dr. Dydia DeLyser

2009

Lauren Rebecca Pharr, MA.
A Taphonomic Model of Concealment: Decomposition and the Postmortem Interval (PMI) in a 55-Gallon Barrel.
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Kristopher Ian Debnam, MA. 
A sense of community and community change: An ethnographic study of a contemporary Louisiana juke joint as it compares to historical literature on the subject. 
Advisor: Dr. Dydia DeLyser

Yun Huang, MS. 
Sediment records of modern and prehistoric strikes in Weeks Bay, Alabama. 
Advisor: Dr. Kam-biu Liu

Richard William Hunter, PhD. 
People, sheep, and landscape change in colonial Mexico: The sixteenth-century transformation of the Valle del Mezquital. 
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter

Wei Liang, PhD. 
An integrated agent-based microsimulation model for hurricane evacuation in New Orleans. 
Advisor: Dr. Nina Lam

Jessica Susan Matthews, MA. 
Moving over mountains: A woman walking on the Appalachian Trail. 
Advisor, Dr. Helen Regis

Ricardo Chabarria Nogueira, PhD. 
Atlantic tropical cyclone: Climatology and the contribution to monthly and seasonal rainfall in the Eastern US 1960-2007. 
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim

Xiaojun Qin, MS. 
A social vulnerability-based genetic algorithm to locate-allocate transit bus stops for disaster evacuation in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
Advisor: Dr. Nina Lam

Teresa Veronica Wilson, MA. 
Estimating age at death by examining the crystallite size of Hydroxylapatite in human teeth. 
Advisor: Mary Manhein

2008

William Brennan Arden, PhD.
Medical geography in public health and tropical medicine: Case studies from Brazil.
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner

Lisa Elaine Baumer, MA.
Evidence of pulmonary disease in the Poole-Rose Ossuary population: An analysis of the ribs. 
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague

Barry James Bleichner, MS.
An analysis of Marine Protected Areas legislation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hesp

Rachel Marie Burke, MA. 
Can we estimate stature from the scapula?  A test considering sex and ancestry. 
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Stephen Paul Caparotta, MS.
The Madden-Julian Oscillation and tropical cyclone frequency variability
Advisor: Dr. Robert Rohli

Jessie Chaiya Cohen, MA.
Africanisms and cultural modifications: A study of Southall Quarter, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Advisors: Dr. Rob Mann and Dr. Steve Namikas

Wayne Anthony Cranston, MA.
Survey of forensically-important Calliphoridae in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies.
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Elizabeth Thomas Crocker, MA. 
A trinity of beliefs and a unity of the sacred: Modern Voodoo practices in New Orleans. 
Advisor: Dr. Miles Richardson

Sandor Gulyas, MA.
Creating a blues playgrounds: A comparison of Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, and Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi.
Advisor: Dr. Dydia DeLyser

Jennifer Hellean Hathorn, MS.
Paleoecology and paleotempestology of the Pascagoula Marsh, Mississippi.
Advisor: Dr. Kam-biu Liu

Wenxue Ju, PhD.
A genetic Bayesian approach for texture-aided urban land-use/land-cover classification.
Advisor: Dr. Nina Lam

Jason Thomas Knowles, PhD.
Coastal lake-sediment records of prehistoric hurricane strike in Honduras and Turks and Caicos Islands of the Caribbean Basin.
Advisor: Dr. Kam-biu Liu

Erin McMenamin, MA.
Databasing the disappeared and deceased: A review of the resources available in missing and unidentified persons cases.
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Michelle Lynn Osborn, MA.
Effects of handedness on the skull and shoulder bones.
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague

Carey Melissa-Ann Schwartz, MA.
A matter of questionable death: An analysis of physical child abuse.
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Dena L Struchtemeyer, MA.
Separate but equal?  The Archaeology of an early twentieth century African American School.
Advisor: Dr. Farnsworth

Amy Richardson Sumpter, PhD.
Environment, labor, and race: An historical geography of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, 1878-1956.
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten

Erin Elizabeth Voisin, MA.
Saint Malo remembered.
Advisor: Dr. Helen Regis

2007

Alexa Jo Andrews, MS.
Spatial and temporal variability of tropical storm and hurricane strikes in the Bahamas, and the Greater and Lesser Antilles.
Advisor: Dr. Barry Keim

Anzhelika Antipova, MS.
Hurricane Andrews and pregnancies in Louisiana.
Advisor: Dr. Curtis

Thomas Anthony Bianchette, MS.
Using Hurricane Ivan as a modern analog in paleotempestology: Lake sediment studies and environmental analysis in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Advisor: Dr. Kam-biu Liu

Katherine Ann Blackwelder, MA.
Reevaluating age in subadult remains in response to secular changes in skeletal growth.
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Gerardo Jose Boquin, MS.
A geographical investigation of Chagas’ Disease risk in the community of La Brea, Guatemala.
Advisor: Dr. Curtis

Wing Nam Joyce Chan, MA
In vivo facial tissue depth study of Chinese-Americans in new York City
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Frances Heyward Currin Mujica, PhD.
Chagas in culture and place: A mixed methods approach to a new medical geography of Chagas Disease in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico.
Advisor: Dr. Curtis

David William Dorrell, PhD.
Understanding the New York rabies epizootic 1985-2005.
Advisor: Dr. Curtis

Jonathan Zachary DeLaune, MA.
Unwelcome neighbors?  Industrial growth and water pollution in Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1940-1960.
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten

Robert Aubrey Dunn, PhD.
Fever, firepower, and flood: The transformation of the Missouri River Bottomlands in the Dakotas 1804-2005.
Advisor: Dr. Kent Mathewson

Meredith Morgan Feike, MA.
Logging-on to Sai Baba: The poetics of sacred globalization
Advisor: Dr. Jay Edwards

Scott Allen Hemmerling, PhD.
Environmental equity in Southeast Louisiana: Oil, people, policy and the geography of industrial hazards.
Advisor: Dr. Craig Colten

Sarah Elizabeth Hinman, PhD.
Spatial and temporal structure of typhoid fever in Washington, DC, 1985-1909: A geographic information systems exploration of urban health concerns.
Advisor: Dr. Curtis

Michael Ulric Kemp, MS
Spatial and temporal distribution of solar radiation in Louisiana.
Advisor: Dr. Robert Rohli

Lawrence Morara Kiage, PhD.
Vegetation change and land degradation in the Lake Baringo Area, Kenya, during the late Holocene: Evidence from the paleorecord and remote sensing.
Advisor: Dr. Kam-biu Liu

Winston Aloysius McKenna, MS.
An evolutionary model of parabolic dune development: From blowout to mature parabolic, Padre Island National Seashore, Texas.
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hesp

Melissa Louise Moreno, MA.
The agriculturalists of the Poole-Rose Ossuary: A study of the femora and tribiae.
Advisor: Dr. Robert Tague

Zoe Hensley Morris, MA.
Quantitative and spatial analysis of the microscopic bone structure of deer (Odocoileus virginianus), dog (Canis familiaris), and pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus).
Advisor: Mary Manhein

Tania Pal, MS.
Accuracy assessment of individually calibrated journey-to-crime geographic profiling models.
Advisor: Dr. Michael Leitner

Kristina Elaine Polizzi, MA.
Dragons behind glass: Views of China and Japan in three American museums
Advisor: Dr. Miles Richardson

Phillip Perry Schmutz, MS.
Investigation of utility of Delta-T Theta probe for obtaining surficial moisture measurements on beaches.
Advisor: Dr. Steve Namikas

Elizabeth Cory Sills, MA.
The architecture of ancient Maya saltmaking: Distribution and analysis of preserved wooden posts at the John Spang Site in Paynes Creek National Park, Belize.
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop

Bretton Michael Somers, PhD.
Spatial analysis of the preserved wooden architectural remains of eight Late Classic Maya salt works in Punta Ycacos Lagoon, Toledo District, Belize.
Advisor: Dr. Heather McKillop

Fei Wang, PhD.
Land-cover and land-use study genetic algorithms, Petri nets, and cellular automata.
Advisor: Dr. Kam-biu Liu

Guiyuan Wang, MA.
Voices in cultural heritage Preservation: A comparative study between New Orleans and Changting (China).
Advisor: Dr. Jay Edwards

Harry James Wilson, PhD.
The urban development of Spanish colonial Pensacola, 1781-1821.
Advisor: Dr. Curtis

Ramin David Zamanian, MA.
A material/conceptual landscape analysis of the Virgin of Guadalupe Pilgrimage Site in Mexico City, Mexico.
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Sluyter

Yuanda Zhu, PhD.
Modeling spatial and temporal variations of surface moisture content and groundwater table fluctuations on a fine-grained beach, Padre Island, Texas.
Advisor: Dr. Steve Namikas

 

 

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