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
TitleImpact 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 Selectioin of an Urgent Care Facility in Nebraska through GIScience      

 Conner 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 Minne  Advisor: Jason Combs  
Title: Video Game Culture       

2009 Student Research Day 

The following Geography students presented research at the recent 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 Minne  Advisor: Jason Combs  
Title: Video Game Culture       

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