Geography and Planning

Faculty Bios/Web pages

Roy Cole   Roy Cole, Professor.
Ph.D. Geography, Michigan State University. M.S. Resource Development, Michigan State University.
Areas of interest: Sustainable economic and human development, drought and socioeconomy, land use/cover change, Arabo-Islamic histogeography--particularly source-critical approaches, apocalyptic ideologies and sacred geographies, Africa, Middle East.
Email: coler@gvsu.edu.
  Michael Gutowsky, Adjunct Instructor.
M.S. Geography, Western Michigan University. B.S. Business Administration, Western Michigan University.
Areas of Interest: Meteorology, Climatology, climate change, Political Geography, sports.
Email: gutowskm@gvsu.edu.
 

Patricia Houser, Assistant Professor.
Ph.D. Urban Planning, Columbia University. M.A. Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Areas of Interest: Environmental Planning, Urban History and the evolution of planning policy, Watershed protection policies, New York City water supply management and history and tourism planning.
Email: houserp@gvsu.edu

  Mary Jo Hills, Adjunct Instructor.
M.S. Computer Information Systems, Grand Valley State University. M.S. and B.S. Forestry, Michigan Technological University.
Areas of Interest: Systems and Technology, GIS in the public and private business sectors, GIS implementation, management and operations.
Email: hillsma@gvsu.edu.
  Elena Lioubimtseva, Professor and Chair.
Ph.D. Environmental Geography. M.S. Geography (Physical), Moscow State University, Russia.
Areas of interest: remote sensing, GIS, paleoclimatology, landscape ecology, environmental change in desert environments.
Email: lioubime@gvsu.edu.
Kin Ma   Kin Ma, Assistant Professor.
Ph.D. Geography, Michigan State University. B.A. Williams College. M.S. Resource Development, Michigan State University.
Areas of interest: remote sensing of forests and water resources, natural resource management, Great Lakes, Brazil, and Taiwan.
Email: makin@gvsu.edu.
Jim Penn   Jim Penn, Associate Professor.
Ph.D. Geography, University of Florida. M.A. Latin American Studies, Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida.
Areas of interest: Latin America, Amazonia, non-timber forest resources, tropical agriculture, natural resource use, protected areas, demographic change, globalization and development.
Email: pennji@gvsu.edu.
Ash Snyder   Ash Snyder, Adjunct Instructor.
M.A. Environmental and Urban Geography, University of Illinois at Chicago. B.S. Regional Geography, Western Michigan University. Cartographer: Rand McNally; Encyclopedia Britannica &  Mapworks. Arial Photography Analysis: Electrical Systems Design.
Areas of Interest: GIS, cartography, solid waste management in urban areas, transportation, urban land use, demographics, cultural and regional geography.
Email: snydeash@gvsu.edu.
Wanxiao Sun   Wanxiao Sun, Associate Professor.
Ph.D. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. M.S. Remote Sensing and GIS/Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Areas of interest: remote sensing, image classification, information fusion, GIS, mapping plant functional types, computer cartography, 3D visualization and simulation.
Email: sunwa@gvsu.edu.
 

Judith Transue, Adjunct Instructor.
Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. MSW in Social Work/Community Organizing. M.A. Classical Studies.

As Executive Director of Trinity Village Non Profit Housing Corporation has built or rehabilitated over 500 units of affordable housing in several cities in Michigan. Former Director of the Michigan Housing Trust Fund, a non-profit lender for affordable housing.

Areas of Interest: Housing, housing planning, affordable housing,
Email: transuej@gvsu.edu.

  Jeroen Wagendorp, Associate Professor.
Ph.D. Geography, University of Oklahoma. M.A. Geography, Western Michigan University. B.S. Geography and International Relations, Aquinas College.
Areas of interest: Capacity building and institutionalization of Geography into local governments, GIS/GIT based management and analysis of environmental health, integrated regional planning, geo-jurisprudence of environmental & resource management, European Geography.
Email: wagendoj@gvsu.edu.
Jon Wessel   Jon Wessell, Adjunct Instructor.
Ph.D. candidate, Geographic Education, Walden University. M.A. Geography, Western Michigan University.
Areas of interest: Cultural Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography Field Study, Environmental Geography, Geographic Education, and Recreation Geography.
Email: wessellj@gvsu.edu
Gang Xu   Gang Xu, Associate Professor.
Ph.D. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. M.S. Urban and Regional Planning/Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Areas of Interest: Economic Geography, urban studies, urban and regional development, GIS, international business, globalization, tourism, China, East Asia.
Email: xug@gvsu.edu.



 

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