Updated on October 10, 2013
I have recently graduated several students who have gone on to
bigger and better things:
Lacey Johnsen sucessfully defended her thesis in 2012.
Lacey developed an approach to use decision support methods, specifically the Analytic Hierarchy Process, for
identifying the most appropriate enterprise GIS configurations for
modern rural electric cooperatives. Lacey is putting her excellent skills to use with the
Powder River Energy Corporation Cooperative.
Adam Regula graduated in 2011. Adam's research addressed
issues regarding the sense of experience and place on the
Appalachian Trail. His research involved numerous interviews with
a variety of stakeholders and a review of the different ways in
which sense of place is cultivated among the diverse set of
individuals who identify the Trail as important in their lives.
Building on his experiences at Wyoming, Adam is pursuing a second
master's degree with the Peace Corps Master's
International program with the WVU Davis College of Agriculture,
Natural Resources, and Design. His current research examines
hardwood regeneration in central Appalachia and landowner and
resident perceptions of prescribed burning.
Grant Gardner completed his master's degree in 2011. His
thesis, "Using Bird Diversity to Evaluate Ecosystem Change in the
Madrean Sky Islands," examines how changes in bird diversity over
time can be used to evaluate ecosystem
state. Over the long-term, Grant is interested in understanding
the potential effects of climate change and development on bird
biodiversity how we can use this information to inform adaptive
management in the area. Grant was funded by the Geography GIS
Teaching Assistantship and a Department of Geography scholarship.
He is currently a GIS Specialist for Western EcoSystems
Technologies in Laramie, Wyoming.
Arjun Dongre defended his thesis and graduated in 2010. His thesis, "A
Spatially Explicit Model to Minimize Landscape Disturbance in
Wyoming Energy Development Sites," uses geodesign approaches to
support decision making in order to minimize the impact of road building in energy development areas.
Arjun's research combines network analysis techniques with spatial
decision support methods and landscape metrics and offers a new
approach for designing road networks in sensitive areas. His
research was partially
funded by the UW School of
Energy Resources. Arjun works as a GIS
Specialist/Environmental Scientist for Golder Associates, based in
Denver, Colorado, and is currently on assignment in Calgary, AB
Patrick Dammann graduated in 2010 when he defended his thesis on
issues regarding the representation and visualization of network
concepts for purposes of creating complex functional networks
(e.g., multi-modal transportation networks serving a specific
purpose - see my Student
Showcase for a screen shot of his work). Patrick was here on
exchange from Hochschule
Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft in Germany. He is currently
working for exp Energy Services,
Inc. in Tallahassee, Florida as
part of their Geomatics division. There, among other projects, he
is involved in the design and planning of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Please contact me if you are
interested in the work of any of these students. Students are
frequently interested in hearing about job opportunities or graduate
school options in their areas of expertise.