People

Faculty and Staff

Miami faculty use the GAC to conduct research ranging from landscape ecology, hydrology, fire impacts, regional development, and modeling:

McCarty, Dr. Jessica (Director)

Associate Professor
Department of Geography
jmccarty@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • remote sensing
  • GIS
  • geospatial data mining
  • agriculture & food security
  • land-use/land-cover change
  • wildland & prescribed fire
  • air quality
  • greenhouse gas & black carbon emissions
  • climate and change adaptation

Currently working with:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • United Nations (UNECE, UNEP, FAO)
  • International Cryosphere Climate Initiative
  • National Science Foundation
  • Greenpeace Russia
  • Arctic Councils Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (Expert Group on Short-Lived Climate Forcers & European Union Action on Black Carbon in the Arctic)

Previously worked with:

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Science Foundation

Abbitt, Ms. Robbyn (Associate Director)

GIS Coordinator
Department of Geography
abbittrj@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • GIS
  • conservation area planning
  • species modeling
  • asset management
  • field data collection
  • food deserts
  • GIS in education

Currently working with:

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Butler County Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Humanitarian OpenStreetmap Team
  • GISCorps
  • Army Corps of Engineers

Davis, Dr. Amélie

Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Institute for the Environment and Sustainability
davis.amelie@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • human-environment interactions from the perspectives of landscape ecology, land change science, environmental planning, sustainability science, GIS, and UAVs

Currently working with:

  • United States Geological Survey
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Air Force Academy

Henry, Dr. Mary

Associate Professor
Department of Geography
mary.henry@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • landscape ecology
  • biogeography
  • fire impacts using remote sensing and GIS

Currently working with:

  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • geographers, ecologists, and other scientists

Jiang, Dr. Ziying

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
ziying.jiang@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • GIS and remote sensing focused on:
    • land use change
    • agriculture viability
    • examining relationships between the built environment and crime

Currently working with:

  • City of Hamilton
  • Butler County MetroParks
  • Army Corps of Engineers

Maingi, Dr. John

Associate Professor
Department of Geography
maingijk@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • remote sensing and GIS with a focus on:
    • ecology of wooded ecosystems
    • surface hydrology

Currently working with:

  • National Science Foundation
  • International Cryosphere Climate Initiative

Skryzhevska, Dr. Yelizaveta

Associate Professor & Regional Associate Dean
Department of Geography
skryzhy@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • GIS
  • human geography
  • regional development
  • post-Soviet space
  • pedagogical aspects of teaching geography in higher education
  • crime mapping

Currently working with collaborators at:

  • University of Idaho
  • Aalto University (Finland)
  • Hungarian Academy of Science

Zamanialaei, Dr. Maryam

Research Assistant
Department of Geography
Geospatial Analysis Center
zamanim@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • agricultural and rural development
  • food security and food sovereignty
  • sustainability
  • qualitative and quantitative analysis of rice production
  • entrepreneurial intention of agricultural students
  • open source geospatial and spatial statistics

Currently working with on:

  • food security, food sovereignty and sustainability of rice farmers in Northern Iranq
  • qualitative methods and locating interviews for Vietnam (An Giang and Dong Thap Provinces)  land cover/land use change
  • burning fields emissions estimations in Mississippi County, Arkansas

Fain, Mr. Justin

Research Assistant
Department of Geography
Geospatial Analysis Center
fainjj@MiamiOH.edu

Expertise in:

  • computational geoscience
  • machine learning and model development for Earth observations
  • Arctic and boreal fire regimes and emissions
  • open source geospatial and spatial statistics

Currently working on:

  • spatial statistical analysis
  • open source coding, including R, Python, and JavaScript
  • SQL and database management

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