Recent Department Publications

Recent Department Publications

Bolded text denotes a faculty member or student in the Department of Geography & Planning.


P. A. Knapp, P. T. Soulé, T. J. Mitchell, A. A. Catherwood, and H. S. Lewis. (2024). Increasing radial growth in old‑growth high‑elevation conifers in Southern California, USA, during the exceptional “hot drought” of 2000–2020. International Journal of Biometeorology. DOI: (PDF)

Soulé, P. T. and P. A. Knapp. (2024). The evolution of “Hot” droughts in Southern California, USA from the 20th to the 21st century. Journal of Arid Environments 220: 105118. (PDF)

Sewell, K., Paul, S., De Polt, K., Sugg, M. M., Leeper, R. D., Rao, D., & Runkle, J. D. (2024). Impacts of compounding drought and heatwave events on child mental health: insights from a spatial clustering analysis. Discover mental health, 4(1), 1.


Sugg, J., & Weir, C. (2023). Geographical Insights on the Partisan Polarization of the Acceptance of Human-Caused Climate Change in the US. Southeastern Geographer63(2), 135-154.

Martin, D. J., Pavlowsky, R. T., Bendix, J., Dogwiler, T., & Hess, J. (2023). Impacts of an extreme flood on large wood recruitment and transport processes. Physical Geography, 44(1), 55-83.

Thapa, B., Lovell, S., Revord, R., Owens, P., Gold, M., & Meier, N. (2023). Significant opportunities for tree crop expansion on marginal lands in the Midwest, USA. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment2(4), 412-423.

Hart, D. E. T., Yeo, S., Almaraz, M., Beillouin, D., Cardinael, R., Garcia, E.,Thapa, B., ... & Cook-Patton, S. C. (2023). Priority science can accelerate agroforestry as a natural climate solution. Nature Climate Change, 13(11), 1179-1190.

Kronenberg, R., Lovell, S., Thapa, B., Spinka, C., Valdivia, C., Gold, M., & Bardhan, S. (2023). Survey of Missouri Landowners to Explore the Potential of Woody Perennials to Integrate Conservation and Production. Land 2023, 12, 1911.

Duncan, S., Reed, C., Spurlock, T., Sugg, M.M., and Runkle, J.D., “Acute Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke Exposure During a Compound Event: A Case-Crossover Study of the 2016 Great Smoky Mountain Wildfires” GeoHealth.

Wertis, L., Sugg, M.M., J.D. Runkle, and Rao, Y., (2023), “Socio-environmental Determinants of Mental and Behavioral Disorders in Youth: A Machine Learning Approach” GeoHealth.

Ulrich, S., Sugg, M.M., Ryan, S.C., and Runkle, J.D., (2023) “Mapping High-Risk Clusters and Identifying Place-Based Risk Factors of Mental Health Burden in Pregnancy” Social Science and Medicine - Mental Health

Ryan, S, Desjardins M., Runkle, J.D., Wertis, L, Sugg M. M., (2023) “Evaluating Co-Occurring Space-Time Clusters of Depression and Suicide-Related Outcomes Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology.

Sugg, M.M., Runkle J.D., Ryan, S., and Wertis, L.., (2023) “The Causal Effects of Maternal Health and Extreme Disasters: A Difference-In Difference Analysis of the South Carolina 2015 Floods” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Spurlock, T., Sewell, K, Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., Mercado-Fernandez, R., Russell, J., and Tyson, J., (2023), “A Spatial Analysis of Power-Dependent Medical Equipment and Extreme Weather Risk in the Southeastern United States., “ International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Sugg, M.M., Ryan, S., Spurlock, T., et al.,(2023). Climate Change and Health in Rural Mountain Environments: Summary of a Workshop on Knowledge Gaps, Barriers, and Opportunities for Action. GeoJournal.

Ryan, S., Sugg, M.M., and J.D., Runkle (2023), “Association between urban greenspace, tree canopy cover, and intentional deaths: An exploratory geospatial analysis” Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.

Sugg, M.M., Wertis, L. Ryan, S., Green, S., Singh, D., and J.D Runkle, (2023). Cascading Disasters and Mental Health: The February 2021 Winter Storm and Power Crisis in Texas, USA. Science of the Total Environment.

Minor, T., Sugg, M.M., Runkle J.D., (2023). “Examining the Mental Health and Temperature Relationship in North Carolina” International Journal of Biometeorology.

Wertis, L., Runkle, J., Sugg, M. and Singh, D., (2023). “Examining Hurricane Ida’s Impact on Mental Health: Results from a Quasi-Experimental Analysis” GeoHealth

Ryan, S, M M. Sugg, J.D. Runkle and Matthews, J., (2023) “Ecological analysis of greenspace and mental health in North Carolina: Consideration of rural and urban neighborhoods” Family and Community Health. 46(3), 181-191.

Shay, E., M MacNamara. (2023). “Planning and social work: Teaching pre-professional university students across colleges.” Journal of Community Practice, 31: 1, 11-23, 2023

DeBoom, M., Dahlman, C., Dowler, L., Holland, E., Murphy, A. and Dempsey, K.E. (2023). “Reading Kara E. Dempsey’s An Introduction to the Geopolitics of Conflict, Nationalism, and Reconciliation in Ireland.” Political Geography (102999). (PDF).

Dempsey, Kara E. (2023). "Infrasecular" geographies and the multifaceted significance of a European shrine cathedral," Journal of Cultural Geography RJCG. DOI: 10.1080/08873631.2023.2194841(link).

Bishop, M.P., Young, B.W., Colby, J.D. 2023. "Surface spectral irradiance and irradiance partitioning in a complex mountain environment: understanding locationdependent topographic effects in satellite imagery." Geocarto International, 38:1, doi: 10.1080/10106049.2023.2264275 (pdf)

Runkle, J.D., K. Risley., Roy, M., and Sugg, M.M., (2023) “Association between perinatal mental health and reproductive and neonatal complications: a retrospective birth cohort study.” Women’s Health Issues

Shay, E. and MacNamara, M. (2023). “Planning and social work: Teaching pre-professional university students across colleges.” Journal of Community Practice.

Sugg, M.M., Runkle J.D., Ryan, S., Singh, D., Green, S., and Thompson, M., (2023) “A follow-up retrospective analysis of essential workers and their children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: 2020 - 2021.” Public Health Reports

Grant Harley, Matt Therrell, Justin Maxwell, Arvind Bhuta, Joshua Bregy, Karen Heeter,...Saskia L. van de Gevel...and Sarir Ahmad. (2023). "The Longleaf Tree-Ring Network: Reviewing and expanding the utility of Pinus palustris Mill. Dendrochronological data." Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment. (PDF).

de Graauw, K., Rochner, M., Saskia L. van de Gevel, S., Stachowiak, L., Collins-Key, S., Henderson, J., ... & Hessl, A. (2023). Comparing the impact of live-tree versus historic-timber data on palaeoenvironmental inferences in tree-ring science, eastern North America. The Holocene, 09596836231200437

Dragone, N. B., Perry, L. B., Solon, A. J., Seimon, A., Seimon, T. A., & Schmidt, S. K. (2023). Genetic analysis of the frozen microbiome at 7900 m asl, on the South Col of Sagarmatha (Mount Everest). Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research55(1), 2164999.

Sherpa, T. C., Matthews, T., Perry, L. B., Thapa, A., Singh, P. K., Khadka, A., ... & Mayewski, P. A. (2023). Insights from the first winter weather observations near Mount Everest's summit. Weather.

Clifford, H. M., Potocki, M., Rodda, C., Dixon, D., Birkel, S., Handley, M., Perry, L.B., ... & Mayewski, P. A. (2023). Prefacing unexplored archives from Central Andean surface-to-bedrock ice cores through a multifaceted investigation of regional firn and ice core glaciochemistry. Journal of Glaciology, 69(276), 693-707.

Xu, M., Liu, H., Mitchell, D., Lu, Y., Beck, R., Cohen, Shu, S, ... & Dimova, N. (2023). Mapping river turbidity at a large basin-scale with a spatially transferable ensemble model using Landsat 8 multispectral imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing44(14), 4486-4505.

Shu, S., Yu, O. Y., Schoonover, C., Liu, H., & Yang, B. (2023). Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based Structure from Motion Technique for Precise Snow Depth Retrieval—Implication for Optimal Ground Control Point Deployment Strategy. Remote Sensing, 15(9).


Bagli, H., E. Shay, and T. Combs. (2022). “AVs—Use, share, own? Young adults’ perceptions of connected and automated vehicles.” Transportation Research Record, 2676: 11 

Birkel, S.D., Mayewski, P.A., Perry, L.B., Seimon, A., and Andrade-Flores, M. (2022). Evaluation of reanalysis temperature and precipitation for the Andean Altiplano and adjacent cordilleras. Earth and Space Science

Bonevac, A., E. Shay, and T. Combs, 2022. “Key informant perceptions of flooding and landslides in Western NC following 2018 floods and landslides.” Southeastern Geographer, 62: 2. DOI: 10.1353/sgo.2022.0011

Christiana, R., S. Daily, T. Bias, V. Haas, A. Dwyer, E. Shay, A. Hege, R. Broce, H. Venrick, and C. Abildso, 2022. “Effectiveness of a point-of-decision prompt to encourage physical distancing on greenways and rail-trails during Covid19 pandemic." Environment & Behavior, 54:6.

Dempsey, K.D. (2022). Concealed productions of structural violence: A cultural flagship in post-authoritarian Spain. Social and Cultural Geography

Evans, S.G., Raberg, J.H., Crump, S.E., Raynolds, M.K., Sugg, M.M., Brodie, A.R., and Miller, G.H. (2022). Control of short-stature vegetation type on shallow ground temperatures in permafrost across the eastern Canadian Arctic. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Harden, S.R., Runkle, J.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2022). An exploratory spatiotemporal analysis of socio‑environmental patterns in severe maternal morbidity. Maternal and Child Health Journal

Hass, A.L., McCanless, K., Cooper, W., Ellis, K., Fuhrmann, C., Kintziger, K.W., Sugg, M.M., and Runkle, J.D. (2022). Heat exposure misclassification: Do current methods of classifying diurnal range in individually experienced temperatures and heat indices accurately reflect personal exposure? International Journal of Biometeorology.

Lane, S. J., Spaulding, T. J., Hege, A., and Sugg, M.M. (2022). "Self-reported resilience of North Carolina long-term care organizations and public health agencies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Lane, S.J., Sugg, M.M., Spaulding, T.J., Hege, A., and Iyer, L. (2022). Southeastern United States predictors of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology

Miles, L., Spurlock, T., Livesay, N., Henry, M., Sugg, M., Farris, A., Roy, M., and Nunnery, D. (2022). P153 spatial analysis of perinatal food assistance resources in relation to food deserts in North Carolina. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Mitchell, J.H., Runkle, J.D., Andersen, L.M., Shay, E.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2022). Inequalities in life expectancy across North Carolina: A spatial analysis of the Social Determinants of Health and the Index of Concentration at Extremes. Family and Community Health.

Moreno, C., Sugg, J., Runkle, J.D., Leeper, R.D., Perry, L.B., and Sugg, M.M. (2022). Examining spatiotemporal trends of drought in the conterminous United States using self-organizing maps. Physical Geography.

Pelto, M.S., Dryak, M., Pelto, J., Matthews, T., and Perry, L.B. (2022). Contribution of glacier runoff during heat waves in the Nooksack River Basin USA. Water

Potocki, M., Mayewski, P.A., Matthews, T., Perry, L.B., Schwikowski, M., Tait, A.M., Korotkikh, E., Clifford, H., Kang, S., Chogyal Sherpa, T., Singh, P.K., Koch, I., and Birkel, S. (2022). Mt. Everest’s highest glacier is a sentinel for accelerating ice loss. NPJ Climate and Atmospheric Science.

Runkle, J.D., Harden, S., Hart, L., Moreno, C., Michael, K., and Sugg, M.M. (2022). Socioenvironmental drivers of adolescent suicide in the United States: A scoping review. Journal of Rural Mental Health

Runkle, J.D., Matthews, J.L., Sparks, L., McNicholas, L., and Sugg, M.M. (2022). Racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy complications and the protective role of greenspace: A retrospective birth cohort study. Science of the Total Environment

Runkle, J.D., Yadav, S., Michael, K., Green, S., Weiser, J., and Sugg, M.M. (2022). Crisis response and suicidal patterns in U.S. youth before and during COVID-19: A latent class analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health

Ryan, S., Runkle, J., Andersen, L.M., and Sugg, M.M. (2022) “Spatial analysis of mental health and completed suicide clustering among older adults in North Carolina: An exploratory analysis.” Social Science and Medicine - Mental Health

Ryan, S., J.D. Runkle, M.M. Sugg, D. Singh, S. Green, and L. Wertis., (2022) “Spatio-temporal clustering of adolescent bereavement in the United States during the extended response to COVID-19: A follow-up study.” Journal of Adolescent Health

Soulé, P. T. (2022). Temporal patterns of drought frequency and severity in North Carolina, 1920-2019 and the drought gap of the 1960s-1970s. Southeastern Geographer

Sugg, M.M., Andersen, L.M., and Runkle J.D., (2022). Trends in Spatial Disparities and Inequalities in Life Expectancy. North Carolina Medical Journal. 83 (5) 325-326.

Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., Andersen, L.M., and Desjardins, M.R. (2022). Exploring Place-Based Differences in Suicide and Suicide-Related Outcomes Among North Carolina Adolescents and Young Adults. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., Dow, K., Barnes, J., Steens, S., Pearce, J., Bossak, B., and Curtis, S. (2022). Individually experienced heat index in a coastal Southeastern US city among an occupationally exposed population. International Journal of Biometeorology.

Thompson, M.P., Sugg, M.M., and Runkle, J.R. (2022). Adverse childhood experiences and their impact on suicidal behaviors. Journal of the Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services: Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Wertis, M.L., Runkle, J.D., Sugg, M.M., and Singh, D. (2022). Examining Hurricane Ida's Impact on Mental Health: Results from a Quasi-Experimental Analysis. Earth and Space Science.

Yang, B., Liu, H., Kang, E.L., Hawthorne, T.L., Tong, S.T.Y., Shu, S., and Xu, M. (2022). Traffic restrictions during the 2008 Olympic Games reduced urban heat intensity and extent in Beijing. Communications Earth & Environment.


Andersen, L.M.Harden, S.Sugg, M.M.Runkle, J.D., and Lundquist, T.E. (2021). Analyzing the spatial determinants of local Covid-19 transmission in the United States. Science of the Total Environment

Bias, T., Daily, S., Abildso, C., Venrick, H., Shay, E., Moyers, S., Hege, A., Haas, V., Dyer, A., Broce, R., and Christiana, R. (2021). Systematic observation of physical distancing behaviors of trail users during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living, 1(3).

Clifford, H.M., Potocki, M., Koch, I., Sherpa, T., Handley, M., Korotkikh, E., Introne, D., Kaspari, S., Miner, K., Matthew, T., Perry, L.B., Guy, H., Gajurel, A., Kumar Singh, P., Elvin, S., Elmore, A.C., Tait, A., and Mayewski, P.A. (2021).  A case study using 2019 pre-monsoon snow and stream chemistry in the Khumbu region, Nepal. Science of the Total Environment.

Dempsey, K.E. (2021). Migrant agency and counter-hegemonic efforts among asylum seekers in the Netherlands in response to geopolitical control and exclusion. Geopolitics

Frappart, F., Blarel, F., Fayad, I., Bergé-Nguyen, M., Crétaux, J-F., Shu, S., Schregenberger, J., and Baghdadi, N. (2021). Evaluation of the performances of radar and Lidar altimetry missions for water level retrievals in mountainous environment: The case of the Swiss Lakes. Remote Sensing

Fyffe, C.L., Potter, E., Fugger, S., Orr, A., Fatichi, S., Loarte, E., Medina, K., Hellström, R.Å., Bernat, M., Aubry-Wake, C., Gurgiser, W., Perry, L.B., Suarez, W., Quincey, D.J., and Pellicciotti, F. (2021). The energy and mass balance of Peruvian glaciers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Gregory, L., Schroeder, K., and Wood, C. (2021). A paradigm shift in international service‐learning: The imperative for reciprocal learning. Sustainability, 13: 4473.

Handwerger, L.R.Sugg, M.M., and Runkle, J.D. (2021). Present and future sea level rise at the intersection of race and poverty in the Carolinas: A geospatial analysis. The Journal of Climate Change and Health

Harden, S.R., Runkle, J.D., Weiser, J., Green, S., and Sugg, M.M. (2021). Spatial clustering of adolescent bereavement in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Hass, A.L., Runkle, J.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2021). The driving influences of human perception to extreme heat: A scoping review. Environmental Research

Hege, A., Lane, S., Spaulding, T., Sugg, M.M., Iyer, L.S. (2021). County-level social determinants of health and COVID-19 in nursing homes, United States, June 1, 2020–January 31, 2021. Public Health Reports

Jonaitis, J.A., Perry, L.B., Soulé, P.T., Thaxton, C., Andrade-Flores, M.F., Ita Vargas, T., and Ticona, L. (2021). Spatiotemporal patterns of ENSO‐precipitation relationships in the tropical Andes of southern Peru and Bolivia. International Journal of Climatology.

Khadka, A., Matthews, T., Perry, L.B., Koch, I., Wagnon, P., Shrestha, D., Sherpa, T.C., Aryal, D., Tait, A., Sherpa, T.G., Tuladhar, S., Baidya, S.K., Elvin, S., Elmore, A.C., Gajurel, A. and Mayewski, P.A. (2021). Weather on Mount Everest during the 2019 summer monsoon. Weather.

Knapp, P.A., Soulé, P.T.Maxwell, J.T., Ortegren, J.T., and Mitchell, T.J. (2020). Tropical cyclone precipitation regimes since 1750 and the great suppression of 1843-1876 along coastal North Carolina, USA. International Journal of Climatology

Martin, D.J., Pavlowsky, R.T., Bendix, J., Dogwiler, T., and Hess, J. (2021). Impacts of an extreme flood on large wood recruitment and transport processes. Physical Geography.

Matthews, T., Perry, L.B., Aryal, D., Elmore, A.C., Khadka, A., Pelto, M., Shrestha, D., and Wilby, R. (2021). Weather on K2 during historic first winter ascent. Weather

Maxwell, J.T., Bregy, J.C., Robeson, S.M., Knapp, P.A., Soulé, P.T., and Trouet, V. Recent increases in tropical cyclone precipitation extremes over the US east coast. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Myadar, O., and Dempsey, K.D. (2021). Making and unmaking refugees: Geopolitics of social ordering and struggle within the global refugee regime. Geopolitics

Pelto, M., Panday, P., Matthews, T., Maurer, J., and Perry, L.B. (2021). Observations of winter ablation on glaciers in the Mount Everest region in 2020–2021. Remote Sensing.

Runkle, J.D., Michael, K.D., Stevens, S.E., and Sugg, M.M. (2021). Quasi-experimental evaluation of text-based crisis patterns in youth following Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, 2018. Science of the Total Environment

Runkle, J.D., Sugg, M.M., Graham, G., Hodge, B., March, T., Mullendore, J., Tove, F., Salyers, M., Valeika, S., and Vaughan, E. (2021). Participatory COVID-19 surveillance tool in rural Appalachia: Real-time disease monitoring and regional response. Public Health Reports

Runkle, J.D.Sugg, M.M., McCrory, S., and Coulson, C.C. (2021). Examining the feasibility of smart blood pressure home monitoring: Advancing remote prenatal care in rural Appalachia. Telemedicine Reports

Shu, S., Liu, H., Beck, R.A., Frappart, F., Korhonen, J., Lan, M. Xu, M., Yang, B., and Huang, Y. (2021). Evaluation of historic and operational satellite radar altimetry missions for constructing consistent long-term lake water level records. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

Soulé, P.T., Knapp, P.A., Maxwell, J.T., and Mitchell, T.J. (2021). A comparison of the climate response of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) trees among standardized measures of earlywood, latewood, adjusted latewood, and totalwood radial growth. Trees

Sugg, M.M.Andersen, L.M., Shay, E.D., Tyson, J., and Runkle, J.D. (2021). Climate, environment, and public health in Western North Carolina. Journal of the Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services: Sustainable Health

Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D.Andersen, L.M., Weiser, J., and Michael, K. (2021). Crisis response among essential workers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventative Medicine

Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., Hajnos, S.N., Green, S., and Michael, K.D. (2021). Understanding the concurrent risk of mental health and dangerous wildfire events in the COVID-19 pandemic. Science of the Total Environment

Sugg, M.M., Spaulding, T.J., Lane, S.J., Runkle, J.D.Harden, S.R., Hege, A., and Iyer, L.S. (2021). Mapping community-level determinants of COVID-19 transmission in nursing homes: A multi-scale approach. Science of the Total Environment

Wang, C., Yu, B., Chen, Z., Liu, Y., Song, W., Li, X., Yang, C., Small, C., Shu, S., and Wu, J. (2021). Evolution of urban spatial clusters in China: A graph-based method using nighttime light data. Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Wu, B., Yu, B., Shu, S., Liang, H., Zhao, Y., Wu, J. (2021). Mapping fine-scale visual quality distribution inside urban streets using mobile LiDAR data. Building and Environment.

Wu, B., Yu, B., Shu, S., Wu, Q., Zhao, Y., and Wu, J. (2021). A spatiotemporal structural graph for characterizing land cover changes. International Journal of Geographical Information Science

Xu, M., Liu, H., Beck, R., Lekki, J., Yang, B., Liu, Y., Shu, S., Wang, S., Tokars, R., Anderson, R., Reif, M., and Emery, E. (2021). Implementation strategy and spatiotemporal extensibility of multipredictor ensemble model for water quality parameter retrieval with multispectral remote sensing data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Yang, B., Liu, H., Lang, E.L., Shu, S., Xu, M., Wu, B., Beck, R.A., Hinkel, K.M., and Yu, B. (2021). Spatio-temporal Cokriging method for assimilating and downscaling multi-scale remote sensing data. Remote Sensing of Environment

Zhao, Y., Wu, B., Shu, S., Yang, L., Wu, J., and Yu, B. (2021).  Evaluation of ICESat-2 ATL03/08 surface heights in urban environments using airborne LiDAR point cloud data. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters


Bailey, E., Fuhrmann, C., Runkle, J., Stevens, S., Brown, M., and Sugg, M. (2020). Wearable sensors for personal temperature exposure assessments: A comparative study. Environmental Research

Byrd, B., Richards, S.L., Runkle, J.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2020). Vector-borne diseases and climate change: North Carolina policy should promote resilience at regional scale. North Carolina Medical Journal

Chen, H., Huang, Y., Wang, S., Shu, S., Yu, B., and Wu, J. (2020). Vertical Accuracy Analysis of ASTER GDEM V2 in Byrd Glacier, Antarctica. Journal of Remote Sensing

Dempsey, K.E. (2020). Fostering grassroots civic nationalism in an ethno-nationally divided community in Northern Ireland. Geopolitics

Dempsey, K.E. (2020). Spaces of violence: A typology of the political geography of violence against migrants seeking asylum in the EU. Political Geography

Kaiser, A.L., Soulé, P.van de Gevel, S.L., Knapp, P., Bhuta, A., Walters, J., and Montpellier, E. (2020). Dendroecological investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpecker cavity tree selection in endangered Longleaf pine forest. Forest Ecology and Management

Matthews, T., Perry, L.B., Koch, I., Aryal, D., Khadka, A., Shrestha, D., Abernathy, K., Elmore, A.C., Seimon, A., Tait, A., Elvin, S., Subash, T., Baidya, S.K., Potocki, M., Birkel, S.D., Kang, S., Mayewski, P.A., and National Geographic and Rolex’s Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mt. Everest Team. (2020). Going to extremes: Installing the world’s highest weather stations on Mount Everest. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Matthews, T., Perry, L.B., Lane, T.P., Elmore, A.C., Khadka, A., Aryal, A., Shrestha, D., Tuladhar, S., Baidya, S.K., Gajurel, A., Potocki, M., and Mayewski, P.A. (2020). Into thick(er) air: Oxygen availability at humans' physiolohical frontier on Mount Everest. iScience.

Mayewski, P.A., Gajurel, A.P., Elvin, S., Athans, P., Dinley, T., Sherpa, P., Elmore, A.C., Ghimire, J., Perry, L.B., Matthews, T., Anker, C., Guilford, S.W., Hubbard, M.S., Putnam, A.E., Seimon, T.A., Seimon, A., Ghimere, S., and Tait, A. (2020). Pushing climate change science to the roof of the world. One Earth

Mayewski, P.A., Perry, L.B., Matthews, T., and Birkel, S.D. (2020). Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas: Basis and gaps. One Earth

McDade, B.Martin, D.J., van de Gevel, S.L., and Mitchell, J. (2020). Impacts of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) on headwater stream large woody debris loads in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Southeastern Geographer

Miner, K.R., Mayewski, P.A., Baidya, S.K., Broad, K., Clifford, H., Elmore, A., Gajurel, A.P., Giri, B., Guilford, S., Hubbard, M., Jaskolski, C., Koldewey, H., Li, W., Matthews, T., Napper, I., Perry, L.B., Potocki, M., Priscu, J.C., Tait, A., Thompson, R., and Tuladhar, S. (2020). An overview of physical risks in the Mt. Everest region. One Earth

Montpellier, E.E., Knapp, P.A., Soulé, P.T., and Maxwell, J.T. (2020). Microelevational differences affect Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) sensitivity to tropical cyclone precipitation: A case study using Lidar. Tree-Ring Research.

Montpellier, E.E., Soulé, P.T., Knapp, P.A., and Perry, L.B. (2020). Reconstructing summer upper-level flow in the Northern Rocky Mountains using an Alpine Larch tree-ring chronology. Climate Research

Nelson, K., Runkle, J.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2020). Reporting back environmental health data among outdoor occupational workers in the cold season in North Carolina, USA. Southeastern Geographer

Wilson, M., Lane, S., Mohan, R. and Sugg, M.M. (2020). Internal and external validation of vulnerability indices: a case study of the Multivariate Nursing Home Vulnerability Index. Natural Hazards

Perry, L.B., Matthews, T., Guy, H., Koch, I., Khadka, A., Elmore, A.C., Shrestha, D., Tuladhar, S., Baidya, S.K., Maharjan, S., Wagnon, P., Aryal, D., Seimon, A., Gajurel, A., and Mayewski, P.A. (2020). Precipitation characteristics and moisture source regions on Mt. Everest in the Khumbu, Nepal. One Earth

Perry, L.B., Yuter, S.E., Matthews, T., Wagnon, P., Khadka, A., Aryal, D., Shrestha, D., Tait, A., Miller, M.A., O'Neill, A., Rhodes, S.R., Koch, I., Sherpa, T.G., Tuladhar, S., Baidya, S.K., Elvin, S., Elmore, A.C., Gajurel, A., and Mayewski, P.A. (2020). Direct observations of a Mt Everest snowstorm from the world's highest surface‐based radar observations. Weather.

Runkle, J.D., Sugg, M.M., Leeper, R.D., Rao, Y., Matthews, J.L., and Rennie, J.J. (2020). Short-term effects of specific humidity and temperature on COVID19 morbidity in select US cities. Science of the Total Environment

Shu, S., Liu, H., Frappart, F., Kang, E.L., Yang, B., Xu, M., Huang, Y., Wu, B., Yu, B., Wang, S., Beck, R., and Hinkel, K. (2020). Improving satellite waveform altimetry measurements with a probabilistic relaxation algorithm. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Shu, S., Liu, H., Beck, R.A., Frappart, F., Korhonen, J., Xu, M., Yang, B., Hinkel, K.M., Huang, Y., and Yu, B., (2020). Analysis of Sentinel-3 SAR altimetry waveform retracking algorithms for deriving temporally consistent water levels over ice-covered lakes. Remote Sensing of Environment.

Sugg, J.W. (2020). Exploratory geovisualization of the character and distribution of American climate change beliefs. Weather, Climate, and Society

Sugg, M.M., Fuhrmann, C.M., and Runkle, J.D. (2020). Geospatial approaches to measuring personal heat exposure and related health effects in urban settings. In Geospatial Technologies for Urban Health (pp. 13-30), edited by Y. Lu and E. Delemelle, Springer.

Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., Leeper, R., Bagli, H.Golden, A.Handwerger, L.Magee, T.Moreno, C., Reed-Kelley, R., Taylor, S., and Woolard, S. (2020). A scoping review of drought impacts on health and society in North America. Climatic Change

Sugg, M.M., Woolard, S., Lawrimore, M., Michael, K.D., and Runkle, J.D. (2020). Spatial clustering of suicides and neighborhood determinants in North Carolina, 2000 to 2017. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy

Zhao, Y., Wu, B., Wu, J., Shu, S., Liang, H., Liu, M., Badenko, V., Fedotov, A., Yao, S., & Yu, B. (2020). Mapping 3D Visibility in an Urban Street Environment from Mobile LiDAR Point Clouds. GIScience & Remote Sensing


Andersen, L.M., A.N. Bonevac, L.K. Thompson, K.E. Dempsey, E.D. Shay, M.M. Sugg. 2019. Understanding key-informant experiences and perceptions of the 2016 drought and wildfires in western North Carolina. Weather, Climate, and Society, 11(1):229-241. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-18-0061.1.

Andersen, L.M., M.M. Sugg. 2019. Geographic multi-criteria evaluation and validation: A case study of wildfire vulnerability in western North Carolina, USA following the 2016 wildfires. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101123.

Beck, R., Xu, M., Zhan, S., Johansen, R., Liu, H., Tong, S., Yang, B., Shu, S., Wu, Q., Wang, S., Berling, K., Murray, A., Emery, E., Reif, M., Harwood, J., Young, J., Nietch, C., Macke, D., Martin, M., Stillings, G., Stumpf, R., Su, H., Ye, Z., Huang, Y. 2019. Comparison of Satellite Reflectance Algorithms for Estimating Turbidity and Cyanobacterial Concentrations in Productive Freshwaters Using Hyperspectral Aircraft Imagery and Dense Coincident Surface Observations. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 45(3):413-433. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2018.09.001.

Bishop, M., W. Brennan, J. Colby, R. Furfaro, E. Schiassi, Z. Chi. 2019. Theoretical evaluation of anisotropic reflectance correction approaches for addressing multi-scale topographic effects on the radiation-transfer cascade in mountain environments. Remote Sensing, 11(2728), DOI: 10.3390/rs1123278.

Bregy, J.C., J.T. Maxwell, S.M. Robeson, J.T. Ortegren, P.T. Soulé, P.A. Knapp. 2019. Spatiotemporal variability of tropical cyclone precipitation using a high-resolution, gridded (0.25° x 0.25°) dataset for the Eastern United States, 1948–2015. Journal of Climate. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0885.1.

Colby, J.D. 2019. "GIS for Watershed Characterization and Modeling.” In Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology and Society, edited by P.A., Maurice, Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781119300762.wsts0095.

Guy, H., A. Seimon, L.B. Perry, B.L. Konecky, M. Rado, M. Andrade, M. Potocki, P.A. Mayewski. 2019. Subseasonal variations of stable isotopes in tropical Andean precipitation. Journal of Hydrometeorology. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-18-0163.1.

Heeter, K.J., Harley, G.L., van de Gevel, S.L., White, P.B. (2019). Blue intensity as a temperature proxy in the eastern United States: A pilot study from a southern disjunct population of Picea rubens (Sarg.). Dendrochronologia, 55:105-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2019.04.010.

Kinlaw, T.K., Sugg, J.W., L.B. Perry. 2019. Warm season hydroclimatic variability and change in the Appalachian region of the southeastern U.S. from 1950 to 2018. Atmosphere, 10(5):289. DOI: 10.3390/atmos10050289

Martin, D.J., C.P. Ely, B.C. Wemple. 2019. Stream bank erosion in an Andean páramo river system: Implications for hydro-development and carbon dynamics in the neotropical Andes. Journal of Mountain Science, 16(2):243-255. DOI: 10.1007/s11629-018-5110-3.

Montpellier, E.E.P.T. Soulé, P.A. Knapp, J.T. Maxwell. 2019. Dendroclimatic assessment of Ponderosa Pine radial growth along elevational transects in Western Montana, USA. Forests, 10(12):1094. DOI: 10.3390/f10121094.

Osborne, Z.M., S.L. van de Gevel, M.A. Eck, M.M. Sugg. 2019. An assessment of geospatial technology integration in K-12 education. Journal of Geography. DOI: 10.1080/00221341.2019.1640271.

Rose, L.D., D.M. Akob, S.R. Tuberty, S.R. Corsi, L.A. DeCicco, J.D. Colby, D.J. Martin. 2019. Use of high-throughput screening results to prioritize chemicals for potential adverse biological effects Within a West Virginia watershed. Science of the Total Environment, 677 (10):362-372, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.180.

Runkle, J.R., C. Cui, C.M. Fuhrmann, S. Stevens, J. Del Pinal, M.M. Sugg. 2019. Evaluation of wearable sensors for physiologic monitoring of individually experienced temperatures in outdoor workers in southeastern U.S. Environmental International, 129:229-238. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.05.026

Runkle, J.R., M.M. Sugg, D. Boase, S. Galvin, C. Coulson. 2019. Use of wearable sensors for pregnancy health and environmental monitoring: Descriptive findings from the perspective of patients and providers. Digital Health, 2055207619828220. DOI: 10.1177/2055207619828220.

Shay, E., M. MacNamara. 2019. Rural community development as a teaching environment for crossprofessional training in macro social work and community and regional planning. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 11(1): 6.

Soulé, P.T.J.T. Maxwell, P.A. Knapp. 2019. Climate-growth responses from Pinus Ponderosa trees using multiple measures of annual radial growth. Tree-Ring Research, 75(1):25-33. DOI: 10.3959/1536-1098-75.1.25.

Soulé, P.T., P.A. Knapp. 2019. A 400-year reconstruction of wintertime Arctic sea-ice extent using a high-elevation, mid-latitude tree-ring record. International Journal of Biometeorology. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-019-01739-5 IJBM-D-18-00345R1.

Soulé, P.T., P.A. Knapp. 2019. Radial growth rate responses of Western Juniper (Juniperus Occidentalis Hook.) to atmospheric and climatic changes: A longitudinal study from central Oregon, USA. Forests. DOI: 10.3390/f10121127.

Sugg, J.W., and C.E. Konrad II. 2019. Defining hydroclimatic regions using daily rainfall characteristics in the southern Appalachian Mountains. International Journal of Digital Earth. DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2019.1576785.

Sugg, M.M., C.M. Fuhrmann, J.D. Runkle. 2019. Perceptions and experiences of outdoor occupational workers using digital devices for geospatial biometeorological monitoring. International Journal of Biometeorology. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-019-01833-8

Sugg, M.M., K. Michael, S. Stevens, B. Filbin, J. Weiser, J. Runkle. 2019. Crisis text patterns in youth following the release of 13 Reasons Why season 2 and celebrity suicides: A case study of summer 2018. Preventative Medicine Reports, 16:100999. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100999

Sugg, M.M., P.G. Dixon, J.D. Runkle. 2019. Crisis support-seeking behavior and temperature in the United States: Is there an association in young adults and adolescents? Science of the Total Environment, 669:400-411. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.434.

Sugg, M.M., S. Stevens, J.D. Runkle. 2019. Estimating personal ambient temperature in moderately cold environments for occupationally exposed populations. Environmental Research, 173:497-507. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.03.066.

Thompson, L.K., K. Michael, J.R. Runkle, M.M. Sugg. 2019. Crisis Text Line use following the release of Netflix series 13 Reasons Why season 1: Time series analysis of help-seeking behavior in youth. Preventative Medicine Reports, 100825. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100825.

Wilson, M.J., M.M. Sugg, S.J. Lane. 2019. Identifying multivariate vulnerability of nursing home facilities throughout the southeastern United States. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101106.

Wise, L., E. Marland, G. Marland, J. Hoyle, T. Kowalczyk, T. Ruseva, J. Colby, T. Kinlaw. 2019. Accounting for negative CO2 emissions. Carbon Balance and Management, 14:16. DOI: 10.1186/s13021-019-0131-y

Xu, M., Liu, H., Beck, R., Lekki, J., Yang, B., Shu, S., Kang, E.L., Anderson, R., Johansen, R., Emery, E., Reif, M., Benko, T. 2019. A spectral space partition guided ensemble method for retrieving chlorophyll-a concentration in inland waters from Sentinel-2A satellite imagery. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 45(3):454-465. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2018.09.002.

Xu, M., Liu, H., Beck, R., Lekki, J., Yang, B., Shu, S., Liu, Y., Benko, T., Anderson, R., Tokars, R., Johansen, R., Emery, E., Reif, M. 2019. Regionally and locally adaptive models for retrieving chlorophyll-a concentration in inland waters From remotely sensed multispectral and hyperspectral imagery. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 57(7):1-17. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2019.2892899.


Dempsey, K.E. 2018. Negotiated positionalities and ethical considerations of fieldwork on migration: Interviewing the interviewer. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 17(1):88-108. No DOI.

Dempsey, K.E., and S. McDowell. 2018. Disaster depictions and geopolitical representations in Europe’s migration “crisis." Geoforum, 98:153-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.11.008.

Eck, M.A., L.B. Perry, P.T. Soulé, J.W. Sugg, D.K. Miller. 2018. Winter climate variability and change in the southern Appalachian Mountains: 1910-2017. International Journal of Climatology, 39(1):206-217. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5795.

Ely, C.P., and D.J. Martin. 2018. Investigating the geomorphic characteristics of an Amazonian headwater stream draining a páramo ecosystem. Physical Geography, 40(2):164-185. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2018.1513289.

Endries, J.L., L.B. Perry, S.E. Yuter, A. Seimon, M. Andrade-Flores, G. Mamani, F. Velarde, R. Winkelmann, M. Rado, N. Montoya, S. Arias. 2018. Radar-observed characteristics of precipitation in the tropical high Andes of southern Peru and Bolivia. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57(1):1441-1458. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0248.1.

Martin, D.J., C.P. Harden, L. Tran, R.T. Pavlowsky. 2018. Investigating patterns of in-channel wood deposition locations in a low-gradient, variably-confined alluvial river system. Progress in Physical Geography, 42(2):139-161. DOI: 10.1177/0309133318759613.

Montpellier, E.E., P.T. Soulé, P.A. Knapp, J.S. Shelly. 2018. Divergent growth rates of alpine larch trees (Larix lyallii Parl.) in response to microenvironmental variability. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 50(1):e1415626-1. DOI: 10.1080/15230430.2017.1415626.

Shay, E., A. Khattak, B. Wali. 2018. Walkability in the connected and automated vehicle era: A U.S. perspective on research needs. Transportation Research Record, 2672(35):118-128. DOI: 10.1177/0361198118787630.

Sugg, M.M. 2018. Heat-health vulnerability in North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal, 79:320-321. DOI: 10.18043/ncm.79.5.320.

Sugg, M.M., Fuhrmann, C.M., J.D. Runkle. 2018. Temporal and spatial variation in personal ambient temperatures for outdoor populations in the southeastern USA. International Journal of Biometeorology, 62(8):1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-018-1553-z.

Thompson, L.K., M.M. Sugg, J.D. Runkle. 2018. Adolescents in crisis: A geographic exploration of help-seeking behavior using data from Crisis Text Line. Social & Scientific Medicine, 215(1):69-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.08.025.

Thompson, L.K., M.M. Sugg, J.D. Runkle. 2018. Report-back for geo-referenced environmental data: A case study on personal monitoring of temperature in outdoor workers. Geospatial Health, 13(1):629. DOI: 10.4081/gh.2018.629.


Dempsey, K.E., M. Qureshi, S. Ondoma, R. Dempsey. 2017. Effect of geopolitical forces on neurosurgical training in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Neurosurgery, 101:196-202. DOI:10.1016/j.wneu.2017.01.104.

Hutchins, M.G., J.D. Colby, G. Marland, E. Marland. 2017. A comparison of five high-resolution spatially-explicit, fossil-fuel, carbon dioxide emission inventories for the United States. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 22:947-972. DOI: 10.1007/s11027-016-9709-9.

Knapp, P.A., and P.T. Soulé. 2017. Spatio-temporal linkages between declining Arctic sea-ice extent and increasing wildfire activity in the western United States. Forests, 8:313. DOI: 10.3390/f8090313.

Maxwell, J.T., P.A. Knapp, J.T. Ortegren, D.L. Ficklin, P.T. Soulé. 2017. Changes in the mechanisms causing rapid drought cessation in the southeastern United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(24): 12476-12483. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076261.

Pavlowsky, R.T., Lecce, S., Owen, M., Martin, D.J. 2017. Legacy sediment, lead, and zinc storage in channel and floodplain deposits of the Big River, Old Lead Belt mining district, Missouri, USA. Geomorphology, 299:54-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.08.042.

Perry, L.B., A. Seimon, M.F. Andrade-Flores, J.L. Endries, S.E. Yuter, F. Velarde, S. Arias, M. Bonshoms, E.J. Burton, R. Winkelmann, C.M. Cooper, G. Mamani, M. Rado, N. Montoya, N. Quispe. 2017. Characteristics of precipitating storms in glacierized tropical Andean cordilleras of Peru and Bolivia. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107(2):309-322. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1260439.

Rochner, M.L., S.L. van de Gevel, M.D. Spond, H.D. Grissino-Mayer. 2017. Using dendrochronology to investigate the historical and educational value of two log structures at Bear Paw State Natural Area, North Carolina, USA. Tree-Ring Research, 73(2):136-148. DOI: 10.3959/1536-1098-73.2.136.

Schauwecker, S., M. Rohrer, C. Huggel, J. Endries, N. Montoya, R. Neukom, L.B. Perry, N. Salzmann, M. Schwarb, W. Suarez. 2017. The freezing level in the tropical Andes, Peru: An indicator for present and future glacier extents. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 122(10):5172-5189. DOI: 10.1002/2016JD025943.

Sugg, J.W., and C.E. Konrad II. 2017. Relating warm season hydroclimatic variability in the Southern Appalachians to synoptic weather patterns using self-organizing maps. Climate Research, 74:145-160. DOI: 10.3354/cr01493.

Sugg, J.W., C.M. Fuhrmann, L.B. Perry, D.K. Hall, C.E. Konrad II. 2016. Sub-regional snow cover distribution across the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Physical Geography, 38(2):105-123. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2016.1162020.

van de Gevel, S.L., E. Larson, H.D. Grissino-Mayer. 2017. Separating trends in whitebark pine radial growth related to climate and mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Forests, 8(6):195. DOI: 10.3390/f8060195.

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