Graduate Students

Cole Cremen

I graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from University of Maryland in Spring of 2018.

My prior research includes Affordable Housing, Sustainable Building, and Building Technology. At Appalachian State my research interests are Planning, GIScience, and Climate Change.

My personal interests are downhill skateboarding, hiking, and playing music.  

Will Hutchinson

I received my B.S. in Environmental Science from Appalachian State University in 2016. 

The focus of my undergraduate research was on plant physiology and stomatal reactivity.

Research Interests: Climate Change, Plants, Hyperspectral Data Analysis, GIS

Personal Interests: Music, Hiking, Nature


April Kaiser

I received my B.A. in Biology and double minor in Chemistry and Geography from Appalachian State University in 2016.

My research interests include climate change, biogeography, conservation, and human geography.

Personal Interests: I enjoy horseback riding, hiking, loving my four canine fur children, traveling, and enjoying nearly anything outdoors.

Nick Kuntz

I received my B.A. in Biology, Environmental Science and a minor in Chemistry from Central College in 2017. 

Research Interests: GIScience, Spatial Analysis, Hydrology, Biogeography, Natural Resource Management and Conservation.

Personal Interests: Hiking, Kayaking, Hunting, Fishing, Gardening, Exercising, and Sports.

Katie Miller

I will graduate in Spring of 2019 with a B.S. in Geography (Accelerated Admissions Program).

Research Interests: GIScience, Remote Sensing, Geology and Climate Change

Personal Interests: Volunteering, Pizza, Mentoring Youth and Fly Fishing

Kayla Mounce

I will graduate in December 2018 with a B.S. in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Geography from Appalachian State University (Accelerated Admissions Program).

Research Interests: Food Insecurity, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Conservation Planning

Personal Interests: Hiking, Snowboarding, Gardening, Cooking

Alex ONeill

I graduated from Appalachian State in December of 2018 with a B.S. in Geography GIS. I am currently working on my masters thesis.

My research interests include glaciology, high mountain geography, climate change, water vulnerability, and human-environment interactions.

My personal interests include downhill skiing, ice and rock climbing, backpacking and film photography.


Whitney Spagnolo

B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology, Appalachian State University, 2013

Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Hydrology, Ecotoxicology, Freshwater stewardship, Philosophy

Personal Interests: Kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, craft beer, live music, gardening, cooking, and spending time with my husband and fur family