Geography

Geography Student Research

The Geography program emphasizes integrated teaching and research. Geography students are involved in a wide range of research projects, some as a part of upper-level Geography courses, and others through the Summer Student Research Program, the Honors Program, and the University Research Fellow Program.

2014 Student Research Day

The following Geography students presented research at the UNK Student Research Day on April 10.

Stephanie Ayers
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Up in Smoke: Colorado's Marijuana Legalization and Recent Voting Trends

Zach Davidson
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: College Student Debt by Region in the United States

Ashley Larsen
Advisor: Paul Burger
Title: Using GIScience and Gravity Modeling to Predict UNK's Freshman Class

Ru Meng
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: The Spatial Distribution of Earthquakes in China from 1920 to 2013

Shelby Rowan, Christine Laughlin, Zachary Wallar, Conner Dudley
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Keystone XL Pipeline: Economic Boom or Environmental Bust?

Chase Svoboda, Alex Obermier, Hugo de Carvalho Ricardo
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Spatial Distribution of the Water Availability for a Few Highly Populated Countries

Ashley Larsen, Emily Kaslon
Advisor: Jeremy Dillon
Title: Is the 'Loper Fan' a True Fan?

Tayler McPeak, Kyle Pohlman, Jacob Maurer
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Water Usage in Nebraska's Agriculture

2013 Student Research Day

The following Geography students presented research at the UNK Student Research Day on April 4.

Ryusuke Machida
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Globalization and Gender Issues

Dayana Rodriguez
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Examining Recycling Rates In Different States of the USA

Lane Hoskins
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Geographical Perspectives of the Anaconda Plan

Mark Gardener
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Internet Access and the Digital Divide

Blake Weeder
Advisor: John Bauer
Title: Immigrant Origins in South Central Nebraska

Nicholas Stoll
Advisor: Paul Burger
Title: Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Role of GIScience in the Market Area Analysis of an Omaha Health Care Clinic

Kaitlyn Taylor
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Generational Political Patterns: The Case Study of Presidential Election Results in Kearney, Nebraska

Jonathon Sliva
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Examining Deforestation in the Amazon Basin Utilizing Satellite Data

Ryan Peschel, Colt Dorsey
Advisor: Jeremy Dillon
Title: The Case of the Cracked Tennis Court: Poor Service, or Geology's Fault?

Barry Jeffs, Jennifer Frisch
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources - Is Our Future Safe?

2012 Student Research Day

The following Geography students presented research at the UNK Student Research Day on April 20.

Allison Claar and Austin White
Advisor: Jeremy Dillon
Title: Tree-Ring Analysis of Recent Climate vs. Land Use Changes

Jesse Bartels
Advisor: Jeremy Dillon
Title: Differences Between Soil Mapping Units in a Playa Dune Landscape

Kiley Anderson, Austin Land, and Jaci Wright
Advisor: Jeremy Dillon
Title: A Comparison of Laboratory Methods for Soil Organic Matter Content

Andrew J. Miller
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Studying the Impact of Railroads on Nebraska

Andrew J. Miller
Advisor: John Bauer
Title: A Comparison of Two Early Automobile Route Guides

Andrew J. Miller, Jennifer Linder, Brian Ellis
Advisor: Paul Burger
Title: Site Selection of an Urgent Care Facility in Nebraska through GIScience

Connor Schulte
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Hurricanes linked to Global Warming

Dillon Woodrum
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Policy Impacts on Native American Tribes: A Case Study Perspective

2011 Student Research Day

The following Geography students presented research at the UNK Student Research Day on April 7.

Austin Barenberg
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Monitoring Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil Using Landsat Satellite Data

Helen Breuer
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Masdar City and Its Potential Influence on the World

Jennifer Linder
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Tallgrass Prairie Restoration in Eastern Nebraska

Jacob McPhillips
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Growth of the Catholic Church in Nebraska: From Rural to Urban

Andrew Miller
Advisor: John Bauer
Title: A Comparison of Two Early Automobile Route Guides

Ryota Tanaka
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Monitoring Aral Sea Using Landsat Satellite Data

Nicholas Volpe
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Desertification Modeling for the Rio Puerco Watershed Using Remote Sensing Techniques

Nicholas Volpe
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Spatial Patterns of Crime in Omaha, Nebraska

2010 Student Research Day

The following Geography students presented research at the UNK Student Research Day on April 8

Christyne Leapley, Stephanie Cunningham, Nick Volpe, and John McCrory
Advisor: Paul Burger
Title: GIScience and Elementary School Planning: Incorporating Spatial Analysis Tools in the Decision Process

Helen Breuer
Advisor: John Bauer
Title: Distribution of Wal-mart and its Major Competitors

Austin Barenberg
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Food Stamp Geography: The Spatial Distribution of Participants

Jacob McGlade
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: A Geographic Analysis of eBay's Antique Sales in the United States

William Phipps
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Organic Farming: The New Generation of Agriculture?

Shane Riley
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: The Gridiorn: The Home of NFL Players

Jamie Stroup
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Deforestation of the Congo Basin Forest Using Satellite Data

Rachel Walker
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Developing Slums Whilst Planning Cities

2009 SDSU Geography Convention

The following Geography students presented research at the 40th Annual South Dakota State Geography Convention in Brookings, SD.

Matthew Buchanan
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Crime and the Socioeconomic Characteristics of a City's Workforce

Jacob McGlade, Tony Reznicek, and Jamie Knuth
Advisor: Paul Burger
Title: A GIScience Approach to the Consolidation of County-Level Services in Nebraska

Jacob McGlade
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Kearney's Changing Cultural Landscape

Travis MinneAdvisor: Jason Combs
Title: Video Game Culture

2009 Student Research Day

The following Geography students presented research at the UNK Student Research Day

Matthew Buchanan
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Crime and the Socioeconomic Characteristics of a City's Workforce

Crystal Jacobson
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Buffalo County, Nebraska's Past and Present Roadside Lodges and Attractions Along U.S. Highway 30

Kevin Kurtenbach
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Mountain Glaciers and Ice Shelves in North America

Kelsey Bard
Advisor: Vijendra Boken
Title: Detecting Corn Planting Dates Using Weather & Landsat Data

Chris Hennessy
Advisor: John Bauer
Title: An Examination of Early Automobile Touring Routes in Nebraska

Jacob McGlade, Tony Reznicek, and Jamie Knuth
Advisor: Paul Burger
Title: A GIScience Approach to the Consolidation of County-Level Services in Nebraska

Jacob McGlade
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Kearney's Changing Cultural Landscape

Megan Melgoza
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Are We There Yet

Travis Minne
Advisor: John Bauer
Title: Map Distortion

Travis MinneAdvisor: Jason Combs
Title: Video Game Culture

Dylan Sims
Advisor: Jason Combs
Title: Sirens on the Plains: The Geography of Starbucks Coffee Shops in Nebraska