Graduate Students

Harrison Brown

I graduated from Appalachian State University in Spring 2020 with a B.A. in Geography and Planning and a B.A. in German Language, Literature, and Culture.

My research involves remote sensing, human geography, and linguistics. I intend to further research the connections between climate change and human/political geography, specifically, how to connect with people in order to effectively communicate the need for climate change policy and climate justice reform.

My personal interests are listening to music and playing my guitar and bass, as well as learning about different languages and cultures.

Bailey Chavis

I graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2020 with my B.S. in ecology, evolutionary and environmental biology and a minor in geography as well as a GIS certificate. I am currently pursuing my M.A. in Geography with a focus on GIS and GIScience.

My research interests include climate change, GIS technology and advancements, remote sensing imagery, and biological species conservation and ecology. Previously I have been involved in pollinator research which focused on the geographical distribution of bumble bees along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I hope to direct my future research towards species preservation and conservation using GIS technology.

My personal interests include fungi foraging, hiking, listening to music, and anime.

Nick Gastelle

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning in December 2019.

My research interests are in Urban Density, Demographic Mapping, Political Geography, and Global Urbanization. I am currently researching cross-professional collaboration potential between Social Workers and Urban Planners at the community level.

My personal interests are Skiing, playing Basketball and Soccer, Yoga, and I am also learning German and Swedish. 

Quincy Williams

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville in May of 2020 with a B.S. in Geography and minor in GIS. During my time at UW-Platteville my research focuses were rooted in dendrochronology though spanned across remote sensing, historical preservation, and human-environment interactions. I began focusing on issues in water science in the spring of 2020 while conducting research which attempted to reconstruct Lake Superior water supplies through Eastern Hemlock tree rings.

At Appalachian State, I am working with Dr. Derek Martin on a project which has the objective of providing insight to the impacts of dam removal on the fluvial geomorphology of the Watauga River. Ward's Mill Dam is the subject of this project and is a dam which has impounded the Watauga River since 1890 and represents a complex intersection of local history and ecological restoration.

In my free time I like to read about aviation and go outdoors for Nordic skiing, backpacking, sea kayaking, sailing, and canoeing.

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