Department of Geography

Department of Geography Faculty

 

 

Samuel Thompson, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor

University of Akron

Office: Tillman Hall 312
Phone: 309/298-1648
Email: 
s-thompson@wiu.edu

Research Interests
  • Regional planning
  • City and development
  • Land use
  • Population dynamism
  • Regional geography
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 443: Population Geography
  • GEOG 446: World Regions-Africa
  • GEOG 548: Urban Planning
  • GEOG 557: Planning Implementation
  • GEOG 650: Graduate Seminar in Planning Theory and Methods

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Marcus Büker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Office: Tillman Hall 410C
Phone: 309/298-3033
Email: 
ml-buker@wiu.edu

Research interests
  • Mathematical analogies between electromagnetism and hydrodynamics
  • Vortex interaction and tornadogenesis
  • Numerical modeling
  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Stratosphere-troposphere interactions
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 120: Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 220: Severe and Hazardous Weather
  • GEOG 333: Meteorological Data Analysis
  • GEOG 422: Synoptic Meteorology II

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Jongnam Choi, Ph.D.

Professor

University of Georgia

Office:Tillman Hall 308
Phone:309/298-2635
Email:
j-choi1@wiu.edu

Homepage:  faculty.wiu.edu/J-Choi1/

Research interests
  • Synoptic meteorology
  • Applied climatology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Asian studies
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 120: Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 121: Planet Earth: Surface Processes and Interactions
  • GEOG 300: Principles of Meteorological Instruments
  • GEOG 327: Environmental Climatology
  • GEOG 425: Radar/Satellite Meteorology
  • ENVR 201: Introduction to Environmental Studies 

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Yongxin Deng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Southern California

Office: Tillman Hall 410B
Phone: 309/298-2387
Email: 
y-deng2@wiu.edu

Homepage: faculty.wiu.edu/Y-Deng2/

Research interests
  • GIS
  • Environmental modeling
  • Terrain analysis
  • Spatial analysis methods
  • Scale
  • Distribution of wind
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 121: Planet Earth: Surface Processes and Interactions
  • GEOG 308: Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 408: Environmental GIS
  • GEOG 409: Thematic GIS
  • GEOG 426: Natural Resources
  • GEOG 428: Soil Geography

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Sunita George, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Georgia

Office: Tillman Hall 401A
Phone: 309/298-2714
Email: 
s-george@wiu.edu

Research interests

Population geography and public health, obesity and food deserts in the U.S. South. Recently identified areas in the city of Montgomery that qualified as food deserts based on the distance residents have to travel in order to get to the nearest supermarket or grocery store vis a vis the distance they had to travel to other (less healthy) food outlets such as fast food restaurants and convenience stores. This research identified food imbalance regions in Montgomery, and examined the socio-economic profile of these neighbourhoods.

Courses Taught
  • GEOG 100: Human Geography
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 443: Population Geography

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Raymond Greene, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Georgia

Office:Tillman Hall 306A
Phone:309/298-3062
Email:
r-greene@wiu.edu

Research interests
  • Spatial Analysis Methods (GWR)
  • Air Transport (Accidents)
  • Health (Obesity & Food Deserts)
  • Teaching Quantitative Methods
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 301: Intro Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 308: Intro Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 466G: World Regions - Africa
  • GEOG 610: Research Methods I
  • GEOG 505: Research Methods II

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Redina Herman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Illinois

Office: Tillman Hall 413B
Phone: 309/298-1764
Email: 
rl-herman@wiu.edu

Research interests
  • Science Education using Technology
  • Science Education through Service Learning
  • Atmospheric Radiative Transfer
  • Atmospheric Dynamics
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 120: Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 220: Severe and Hazardous Weather
  • GEOG 300: Principles of Meteorological Instrumentation
  • GEOG 329: Dynamic Meteorology I
  • GEOG 405: Research Methods
  • GEOG 429: Dynamic Meteorology II
  • GEOG 432: Physical Meteorology

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Ranbir Kang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Oklahoma State University

Office: Tillman Hall 214A
Phone: 309/298-1841
Email:
  rs-kang@wiu.edu

Homepage: faculty.wiu.edu/RS-Kang/

Research interests
  • Human impact on rivers 
  • Riparian vegetation & stream banks 
  • Urban hydrology 
  • Effects of intensive agriculture in South Asia 
  • Coupled human environment systems 
  • Effects of check dams on landscape and society
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 121: Planet Earth: Surface Processes & Interactions
  • GEOG 108: Digital Earth
  • GEOG 466: South Asia
  • GEOG 308: Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 301: Introduction to Quantitative Geography
  • GEOG 630: Seminar in Physical Geography

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Julie Williams Lawless, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Kansas

Office: Tillman Hall 306C
Phone: 309/298-2348
Email:
  j-lawless2@wiu.edu

Courses Taught
  • GEOG 110: World Regional
  • GEOG 448: Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

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Fuyuan Liang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Georgia

Office: Tillman Hall 210
Phone: 309/298-2205
Email: 
f-liang@wiu.edu

Homepage:  faculty.wiu.edu/F-Liang/

Research interests
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction using stable isotopes and other proxies in speleothems
  • Surface karst landscapes mapping using remote sensing and GIS techniques
  • Geography of China
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 121: Planet Earth: Surface Processes & Interactions
  • GEOG 403: Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 509: Fundamentals of GIS Analysis

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Christopher Merrett, Ph.D.

Professor

University of Iowa

Office: Stipes 521
Phone: 309/298-2281
Email: 
cd-merrett@wiu.edu

Research interests
  • Community Development
  • Cooperatives
  • Social justice
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 598: Directed Readings
  • GEOG 504: Philosophy and History of Geography
  • GEOG 460: United States and Canada
  • GEOG 341: Economic Geography
  • GEOG 275: Environment and Quality of Life
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
  • General Honors 302: Rural Communities
  • General Honors 299: Social Justice
  • IIRA 501: Principles of Community Development

IIRA Homepage: www.iira.org

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Susan Romano, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Office: WIU Quad Cities 286
Phone:309/762-9481
Email: 
s-romano@wiu.edu

Research interests

Habitat issues for endangered, threatened, or invasive species, and species of concern, using GIS as an ecological tool at various landscape levels. Habitat studies for the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus), and River Otter (Lutra canadensis), and ecological studies for pin oak (Quercus palustris) and decurrent false aster (Boltonia decurrens).

Courses Taught
  • GEOG 510: Environmental Impact Analysis
  • GEOG/BIOL 426: Conservation and Management of Natural Resources
  • GEOG 508: GIS and Cartographic Design
  • GEOG 509: Fundamentals of GIS Analysis

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Christopher Sutton, Ph.D.

Professor

University of Denver

Office: Tillman Hall 412A
Phone: 309/298-2628
Email: 
cj-sutton1@wiu.edu

Homepage:  faculty.wiu.edu/CJ-Sutton1/

Research interests
  • Cartography/visualization
  • Urban geography
  • Transportation geography
  • Cultural geography
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 208: Cartographic Design for GIS
  • GEOG 302: Introduction to Cartography
  • GEOG 405: Methods of Research
  • GEOG 445: Urban Geography
  • GEOG 505: Methods of Research
  • GEOG 508: GIS and Cartographic Design
  • GEOG 610: Graduate Seminar in Research Methods
  • GEOG 650: Graduate Seminars in Economic, Urban, and Transportation Geography

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