College of Arts and Sciences

Geography, Geographic Information Science, and Meteorology 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

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Marcus Büker, Ph.D.

Marcus Buker.Associate Professor of Meteorology

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

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Jongnam Choi, Ph.D.

Jongnam ChoiProfessor

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

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Yongxin Deng, Ph.D.

Yongxin Deng.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

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Redina Finch, Ph.D.
(formerly Redina Herman)

Redina Finch.Professor of Meteorology

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

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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.

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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

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Ranbir Kang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Oklahoma State University

Office: WIU-Quad Cities 1223
Phone: 309/762-9481
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

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Fuyuan Liang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Georgia

Office: Tillman Hall 310
Phone: 309/298-2956
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

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Christopher Merrett, Ph.D.

Chris Merrett.Professor

University of Iowa

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

Research interests
  • Community Development
  • Cooperatives
  • Social justice

IIRA Homepage: www.iira.org

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Christopher Sutton, Ph.D.

Christopher Sutton.Professor

University of Denver

Office: Tillman Hall 306B
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

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