The Geography research space in the Claxton Complex includes nine rooms with 26 workstations. The space is used for various research activities by faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in different geography subfields, e.g., geospatial science, physical geography, and human geography. Below are some examples:
- Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw’s research covers urban transportation and changing human activity patterns in urban settings due to modern information and communication (ICT) technologies.
- Dr. Hyun Kim’s research covers the spatial analysis and modeling of public transit, air transportation, and telecommunications networks. His current research focuses on assessing vulnerability and resilience of public transportation systems using spatial optimization techniques and GIS.
- Dr. Nicholas Nagle examines the availability and reliability of data from the US Census Bureau, is developing methods to identify land cover change, and is working on a number of projects related to population and health.
- Dr. Yingkui Li and his students focus on climate change and glacier/lake-related research on the Tibetan Plateau, Central Asian highlands, and Costa Rica.
- Dr. Robert Washington-Allen focuses on drought and arid lands, including pastoralism-rangeland relationships in the US, Africa, and Latin America.
- Dr. Liem Tran works with the EPA’s Regional Vulnerability Assessment program to model regional-scale environmental conditions, anticipate future issues, set management and ecosystem protection priorities, and proactively assess decisions that may involve tradeoffs. Recently Dr. Tran (with Dr. Harden and several graduate students) developed a framework called Regional Hydrologic Modeling for Environmental Evaluation (RHyME2) for hydrologic modeling across scales.
- Dr. Micheline van Riemsdijk studies the ways in which (im)migration, local labor politics, and talent acquisition operate. In particular, she is interested in questions of belonging and inclusion, and how companies and cities try to attract skilled workers. She is currently working on the governance of international skilled migration and the involvement of stakeholders in migration policymaking.
- Dr. Carol Harden and her students conduct research to identify, characterize, and model environmental effects of human activity and land-use change. Much of their research focuses on water resources, and on surface hydrology, drought, water quality, and watershed dynamics at scales from headwater catchments to integrated regional assessment.