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 Geography Master's Degree Recipients and Thesis Titles



2013 Graduates

Linwood Earl Hall, Jr. Thesis (Advisor: Ferreira); A Climatology of the Structure, Frequency, and Propagation of Midlatitude Cyclones That Affect North Carolina

William Pace. Thesis (Advisor: Montz); Perceptions of Hurricane Risk Among North Carolina's Coastal Residents:A Case Study of Hurricane Irene

Heather Blair. Thesis (Advisor: Curtis & Popke); North Carolina Wine Growers' Perceptions of Climate Change Impacts

Jenelle Irwin. Thesis (Advisor: Montz); Stormwater Management Practices:  Reducing Surface Water Runoff and Contaminants in Ocean City, Maryland's Coastal Bays

Janna Caspersen. Thesis (Advisor: Van Holt); Measuring Geospatially Explicit Perceptions of Sudanese Ethnic Group Locations:  a Comparison of Subject-Matter-Experts and Online Data


2012 Graduates

Kelsey Mulder. Thesis (Advisor: Montz); Predicting Responses to Flash Flooding:  A Case Study of Boulder, CO  

Cal Scheinert. Thesis (Advisor: Wasklewicz); Debris Flow Fan Development, Chalk Creek Natural Debris Flow Laboratory, Colorado

Hilda Bryan. Thesis (Advisor: Hapke); Sweet Potatoes in a Globalizing World: The Effects of Globalization on North Carolina's Sweet Potato Industry


2011 Graduates

Sarah Jessup. Thesis (Advisor: Curtis); Mid-Summer Dry Spell and Agriculture in Jamaica:  Implications For Farming Practices, Techniques, and Culture.

Gary Monitz. Thesis (Advisor: Montz); Using Vulnerability and Planning Data to Measure Resilience in Coastal North Carolina.

Allison Hueber. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); Analyzing Resident Place Satisfaction in a Tourist Destination through Auto Photography: The Case of Southern Shores, NC.

Michael Griffin. Thesis (Advisor: Montz); Assessing Future Water Resources:  The Influence of Climate Change, Population Growth and Land Use change in the Lower Cape Fear Basin, North Carolina.

Laurynas Gedminas. Thesis (Advisor: Allen & Crawford); Evaluating Hurricane Advisories Using Eye-tracking and Biometric Data.

James Edwards. Thesis (Advisor: Marcucci); Prioritization of Carolina Bays as Mitigation Projects From a Herpetofaunal Perspective.

Richard Curran. Thesis (Advisor: Wang); The Utility of Digital Globe's Worldview-2 Satellite Data in Mapping Seagrass in North Carolina Estuaries.

Bryce Carmichael. Thesis (Advisor: Crawford); A Validation assessment of the Hazards of Place Model of Vulnerability for Northeastern North Carolina.

 

2010 Graduates

Emily Wright. Thesis (Advisor: Ferreira); Role of cold fronts in South American monsoon onset.

Benjamin Deck. Thesis (Advisor: Popke); Incorporation and Silence:  A Comparative Study of the Reception of Latino Immigrants in Two Southeast US Cities

Richard Barnhill. Thesis (Advisor: Rickenbach); Regional Variation of Convective Structure at Monsoon Onset Across South America Inferred From TRMM Observations

Haley Cleckner. Thesis (Advisor: Allen); Spatial Modeling of the Risk of Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission, Chesapeake, Virginia

Justin Briggs. Thesis (Advisor: Mitchelson); Locational Aspects of Adaptive Reuse:  The CAS of North Carolina's Textile Mills

Conner Harrison. Thesis (Advisor: Popke); Because You Got to Have Heat:  Energy Poverty and Weatherization in Eastern North Carolina

Jennifer Mann. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); The Coast As a Vernacular Region

Robbie Munroe. Thesis (Advisor: Curtis); Enso Forced Changes in Precipitation Distributions and Related Global Circulation Patterns: Gulf of Mexico Region

Stephanie Hill. Thesis (Advisor: Gares); Frequency/Magnitude Analysis of Wave Events at Duck, North Carolina

Matthew Watterson. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); Stakeholder Perceptions and Applications of Sustainability in Urban Heritage Tourism:  the Case of Downtown New Bern, NC

2009 Graduates

Teddy Allen. Thesis (Advisor: Curtis); Jamaica's Mid-Summer Dry Spell and Vegetative Response.

Ryan Covington. Thesis (Advisor: Hapke); So, What Do We Do Now? A Critical Analysis of ENGO Climate Campaigns.

Katherine Baucom. Thesis (Advisor: Hapke); Fostering Social Capital Through Neighborhood Design.

Jesse L. Brass. Thesis (Advisor: Gares); Comparing Developed and Undeveloped Barrier Island Systems:  A Descriptive , Historical Morphology of the Wrightsville Beach-Masonboro Island Sediment System, North Carolina.

Naomy Perez-Sanchez. Thesis (Advisor: Gares); Influence of Geographical Orientation, Beach Shelter, and Seasonality on Beach Behavior in the Caribbean: A Case of Study, Puerto Rico.

Jessie R. Messina. Thesis (Advisor: Popke); A Word Frequency Analysis of HIV/AIDS Policies in the African Countries of Botswana, Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda.

Christy Swann. Thesis (Advisor: Gares); Frequency/Magnitude of Aeolian Events.

Micheal Cockerham. Thesis (Advisor: Hapke); The Anatomy of Crisis: Oil, Politics, and Nigerian Society.


2008 Graduates

Suzanne McArdle. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); Come ‘Out’, Come ‘Out,’ Wherever You Are: The MySpace Lesbian and Her Material Social Worlds.

Terri Moreau. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); Can You Hear The Voices On Walls?: How Graffiti Is Known in Punitive and Tolerant Public Spaces.

Rachel M. Campbell.  Internship (Advisor: Mulcahy); Towards the Design of a Postal Code System for Trinidad and Tobago.

Eddie A. Modlin, Jr.  Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); Back of the Planatation Museum:  An Evaluation of the Representation of Slavery at North Carolina Historic Sites.

Sol X. Wuensch.  Thesis (Advisor: Curtis); Heavy and Extreme Percipitation in the Carolinas:  Comparisons Between Trmm and Gauge Data 1998-2006.

Bianca T. Gentile.  Thesis (Advisor: Hapke); Why Poverty Persists In North and What One State Agency Is Doing About It:  A Review of the 21st Centuries Communities Program.

David Shaeffer.  Thesis (Advisor: Allen); Characterizing Jurisdictional Wetlands Using Aerial Lidar.


2007 Graduates

W. Caleb Parker. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); The Politics of Church Space: North Carolina’s United Methodist Clergy Respond to Homosexuality.

Anna Eskridge. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman); The Politics of Anti-Kudzu legislation in Missouri: An Analysis of Discourses and Material Practices Surrounding Exotics Eradication.

Lindsay Wolter. Internship (Advisor: Gares); Stormwater Runoff Management: A Case Study of Short Term Solutions for Pitt County Planning Department in the Area of Winterville, NC.

Jason Collins. Internship (Advisor: Gares); From Librarian to a Versioned Geodatabase: The Challenges of Migrating a County GIS; Jason is working in the planning department of Hanover County, VA.

2006 Graduates

Erin Campbell.  Internship (Advisor: Wang): Development of an Atlas of Wellhead Protection Areas Using GIS for Greenville Utilities Public Well Supplies. Erin is currently working for National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Sallie Vaughn.  Thesis (Advisor: Crawford): Using Geographic Information Science to Predict Archaeological Sites: An Example From Northwestern Belize.

Jessica Cain.  Thesis (Advisor: Gares): Social Vulnerability of Coastal North Carolina to Storm Surge Flooding.

Shamaury Myrick.  Thesis (Advisor: Popke): Legacy of Distrust: The Challenges of Participatory Planning in Greenville, North Carolina.

Erica Kotecki. Thesis (Advisor: Lecce): The Flood of the Century: Extraordinary Hydro-Meteorological Event or Human-Induced Catastrophe?  Erica teaches 8th grade math in Edgecombe County.

William Suvak. Thesis (Advisor: Crawford): Spatial Analysis of Broadband Service: Identifying the Digital Divide in North Carolina.

Joseph Mangum. Internship (Advisor: Torres): A Greenprint for Pitt County’s Future: A Review and Critique of the Methodology Guiding the Development of the Pitt County Greenway Plan. Joe is currently working in the Wake County Planning Department, NC.

Kenneth Vafier. Thesis (Advisor: Gares): Spatial Variations in Barrier Island Response to Tropical Cyclones.  Ken is working for the Pender County Planning Department, NC.

Justin Gross. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman): The Festival Gap: Comparing Organizers' Perceptions of Visitors to a Survey of Visitors at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, 2005.  Justinis working at ECU.

Joseph Luchette. Internship report (Advisor: Crawford): Application of GIS and IMS at the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, an Environmental Non-Profit Organization. Joe will be working for the McLane Environmental LLC Co and will be living in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Timothy Tresohlavy. Thesis (Advisor: Crawford): Stormwater Runoff in North Carolina's Tar-Pamlico River Basin: Analyzing the Potential for Runoff and Stakeholder Perceptions of Urban Stormwater Rules. Tim is working for North Carolina State University and is living in Raleigh, NC.

William Aycock. Internship report (Advisor: Wang): An Analysis of Flooding and Drainage Issues in the City of Wilson, NC. Will is currently working for the city of Wilson, NC.

Laura Heavner. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman): The Power of Photography: Measuring Levels of Gender and Racial/Ethnic Representation in North Carolina’s Travel Brochures. Laura is currently working in Greenville, NC.

2005 Graduates

Robert B. Best. Thesis (Advisor: Popke): Community of Interest: Demographic or Geographic?  An Analysis of Discourse in Two Southern Congressional Districts. Currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Brian Chambers. Thesis (Advisor: Crawford): Coastal Urbanization and Tidal Creek Water Quality. Currently a planner with the Pender County, NC Department of Planning.

 

Matthew L. Mitchelson. Thesis (Advisor: Popke): The Economic Geography of MLK Streets. Currently a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia.

 

2004 Graduates

Nicole Lynne Ernst. Thesis (Advisor: Gares): Sediment Redistribution and Volumetric Changes in a Barrier Island Environment, Hatteras Island, North Carolina.  Currenlty an instructor in Geospatial Technology at Harrisburg Area Community College.

Glen White Gentry. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman): Walking with the Dead: An Analysis of Ghost Walk Tours in Savannah, Georgia. Currently a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University.

Chris McPhilamy. Thesis (Advisor: Alderman): The Effect of Travel Patterns on Geographic Literacy: Using the World Wide Web to Survey U.S. College Students. Currently a GIS Analyst with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Texas.

James Allen Tripp. Internship report (Advisor: Alderman): Floor Insurance & Hazard Mitigation: The Role of the Community Rating System. Currently the town manager of Plymouth, North Carolina.

2003 Graduates

B.J. Grieve. Thesis (Advisor: Pease): The Influence of Cachment and Bathymetry characteristics on the Spatial Distribution of Sedimentation in Alpine Lakes. Currently a planner, Flathead County Planning and Zoning Office, Kalispell, Montana.

Velvet Nelson. Thesis (Advisor: Torres): Representation and Images of Ecotourism in Grenada.  She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at Kent State University and is an Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University.

Jeff Prince. Internship report (Advisor: Alderman): Eat Mo’ Shad: An Analysis of Festival Making in Grifton, North Carolina. Currently an instructor at Brunswick Community College and student in the GIS Certificate Program at UNC-Wilmington.

Philip Sullivan. Internship report (Advisor: Wang & Mitchelson): Plan for Spatial Data Sharing Between City of Greenville, East Carolina University, Greenville Utilities Commission, and Pitt County.

Tao Zheng. Thesis (Advisor: Wang): Mapping Flood Extent Using Hydraulic Models and JERS-1 SAR Data on the Tar River Floodplain.  Currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, University of Maryland.

2002 Graduates

Derek P. Hanak. Thesis (Advisor: Gares): Vulnerability of Four North Carolina Coastal Counties to a Hurricane Strike. 

Carol A. Jensen. Thesis (Advisor: Hapke and Mulcahy): Differential Impacts by Race Caused by the Flooding Due to Hurricane Floyd.

Elin Langholm. Thesis (Advisor: Torres): Tourism Development in the Largest Remaining Carib Community: A Gender Perspective.  Currently teaches school in her native Norway.

Peter D. Lowenstein. Internship report (Advisor: Wang): NC 11 North Corridor Land Use Plan. Currently a planer in the Department of Planning, City of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Marvin Neil McFadyen. Internship report (Advisor: Mulcahy): GIS in the Sphere of Local Elections Administration. Currently works for MicroVote General Corporation.

Jingyu Wang. Thesis (Advisor: Lecce): Suspended Sediment Transport in Agricultural Drainage Ditches on the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Currently a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at City University of New York

Stephen A. White. Thesis (Advisor: Gares): Utilizing Dems Derived from LIDAR Data to Analyze Topography: A Case Study of North Carolina Barrier Islands. Currently works at the Office of National Geodesic Survey, NOAA National Ocean Service.

2000 Graduates

Rebecca Bertrand. Internship report (Advisor: Popke): A Geography of Environment Impact Assessment.

Kent Keeter. Internship report (Advisor: Gares): Currently a septic system inspector for the Pitt County Health Department.

Mark Lange. Thesis (Advisor: Gares): Beach and Bar Dynamics on a Low-Energy, Micro-Tidal Coast, Cedar Island, North Carolina.  Currently a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Geography at The University of Southern California.

Padrick Lee. Thesis (Advisor: Colby & Hapke): Appropriate Setbacks For Intensive Livestock Operations In Eastern North Carolina. Currently works in the Division of Community Assistance, North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Lynda White. Thesis (Advisor: Bascom & Colby): The Environmental Impacts of Population Change In South Africa: The Use Of Shuttle Photography To Monitor Land Cover In Gazankulu.

1999 Graduates

William W. Edwards. Thesis: Recovering the Place of the Tuscarora Indians: Examing Colonial Cartographies.

Jason W. Woolard. Thesis: Volumetric Change of Coastal Dunes Using Airborne LIDAR, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina.

1998 Graduates

Brian Andrews. Thesis: A GIS Analysis of Topographic Change in the Outer Banks.  

Karen Capiella. Thesis: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sediment Exports from Headwater Streams in a Coastal Plain Agricultural Catchment, North Carolina.

Heather Golden. Thesis: Spatial and Temporal Variability of Historic Alluvial Sedimentation in the Lower Coastal Plain, North Carolina.

Mary Beth Morde. Internship report.

John Robbins. Intership report.

Emily Selby. Thesis: Paradise is Relative: Implications of the Labor Transition in the Crab-Processing Industry, Eastern North Carolina.

James Sheehy. Thesis: Capital Flows and the Liquidity of Landscapes.

1997 Graduates

Richard Beachly completed a thesis entitled Aeolian Sediment Transport at Coquina Beach, Outer Banks, N.C. Currently works in the Sales Department at McClelland Distributing in Berlin, Maryland.

Christopher Delp completed a thesis entitled Boy Toys: The Construction of Gendered and Racialized Identities in Video Games. Currently a student at the Defense Language Institute, where he is studying Chinese.

David Downer completed a thesis entitled Constructing the Blueridge Parkway: Stages, Scenes, and Spectacles. Currently a Customer Service Representative at Apac Teleservices, a telecommunications firm in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Amanda Lie-Nielson graduated.

David Stein completed a thesis entitled Hurricanes: Where Does the Knowledge Begin? Currently GIS Analyst and Technical Project Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Charleston, South Carolina.

1996 Graduates

Richard C. Gordon completed a thesis entitled Rural Non-Farm Population Growth in Eastern North Carolina. Currently employed by the Pitt Country Planning Office as a GIS Specialist.

1995 Graduates

Thomas King graduated with a Concentration in Planning.

Mark Lampe completed a thesis entitled Air Flow and Sediment Flux Over a Low Coastal Foredune. Currently working on a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Geography at the University of Southern California.

1994 Graduates

Thomas Altieri graduated with a Concentration in Planning, and is currently a city planner in the Department of Planning in Raleigh.

Matthew Flynn graduated with a Concentration in Planning, and is currently a city planner in Virginia.

James Gosweiler completed a thesis entitled Threshhold Drainage Areas in Coastal Plains Steams. Currently works as an environmental scientist for Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. in Bel Air, Maryland, where he carries out hydrologic analyses and environmental assessments.

Stephen Mayeux graduated with a Concentration in Planning and is currently a Geographic Specialist with Ored Labs in Bayboro, North Carolina.

Melissa Tollinger completed a thesis entitled Perception and Choice: Sea Level Rise in North Carolina’s Future.

Thomas Scott Wallace completed a thesis entitled N.C. 12: Lifeline to the North Carolina Outer Banks. Currently works developing GIS applications for IBM in Raleigh.

Matthew Witmeyer graduated with a Concentration in Planning, and is currently an environmental planner with St. Lucie County in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

1993 Graduates

Marcus Bryant is currently a specialist in GIS applications with Pitt County.

Marilyn Wyrick completed a thesis entitled Soil Development, Drainage, and Surface Stability on the North Carolina Coastal Plain. Currently working toward a Ph.D. degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

1992 Graduates

James Barnett completed a thesis entitled The Influence of Soils and Agricultural Practices on Nutrient Runoff in a Coastal Plain Watershed. Currently a Water Resource Specialist for the Virginia Division of Water Resources, Woodbridge, Virginia, where he is in charge of project supervision and policy analysis for nonpoint source pollution control and hazardous waste site clean-ups.

Donna Brien is a land use planner for Pitt County.

Randi Horner (deceased) completed a thesis entitled The Meaning of Home as Portrayed in the Novels of George Lammiing and Paule Marshall. She was working toward a Ph.D. degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill until the fall of 1996.

Rodney Jackson is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and co-director of the Center for Geographic Information Science at East Carolina University.

1991 Graduates

Kevin Madden completed a thesis entitled Siting of a Hazardous Waste Facility in North Carolina. Currently works for the Red Cross in Italy.

Bruce Payne completed a thesis entitled Urban Decentralization as Reflected by the Location Patterns of Law Firm Offices in the Raleigh Metropolitan Area. Currently Planning Director, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

1990 Graduates

Don Belk is a planner for Orange County, North Carolina, where he does land use and environmental planning and site design review. He has also been an environmental planner for the city of Greenville and environmental geologist for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

David Hunt is currently Specialist and Department Head for the Landmark Company of Raleigh, a GIS design and development firm.

G. Aaron Russell is currently GIS Manager for the city of Oxnard, California. He was previously a GIS Specialist for Pitt County.

Michael Smith is currently a physician recruiter and locator with Medstaff National Medical Staffing, Inc., Durham, North Carolina.

Scott Wade completed a thesis entitled Determinants of Spatial Variation on Barrier Island Property Values, and is currently Instructor of Geography at ECU and is Director of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Kim Lab.

Select Pre-1990 Graduates

Owen Furuseth completed an M.A. at ECU, a Ph.D. at Oregon State University, and is currently Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

James Lowry completed an M.A. at ECU, a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, and is currently the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University.

James McClusky competed an M.A. at ECU, a Ph.D. at Rutgers University, and is currently Professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, Austin Peay State University, where he directs the university's Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program.

John Morgan completed an M.A. at ECU, a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, and is currently Professor and Chair of Geography at Emory and Henry College.

Jonathan Phillips completed an M.A. at ECU, a Ph.D. at Rutgers University, and is currently Professor of Geography at University of Kentucky.

Thomas Pond completed an M.A. at ECU, is on the faculty at Anson Community College, and is a co-author of the most widely-used textbook on soil geography in the U.S.

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