Graduate Students

Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey

I received my B.A. in Political Science from Queens University of Charlotte in 2017.

Research Interests: Conservation, National Resource Management, Mountain Geography, Climate Change, Geopolitics

Personal Interests: Backpacking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Traveling

Bonevac

Abie Bonevac

I graduated in Spring 2018 with a B.S. in Geography GIS, and in Community & Regional Planning from Appalachian State University (Accelerated Admissions Program).

Research Interests: Transportation Planning, Policy, Mountain Geography, and Water Vulnerability.

Personal Interests: Knitting, Cooking, Baking, Reading, and Collecting Mini Paintings.

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.  

Katherine Hart

I graduated from the Honors Program at Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in Marine Science focusing in physical oceanography. I also completed a minor in Business Administration at École Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur in Paris.

My previous research focused on hurricane landfall site prediction. At Appalachian State, my research interests include climate change and atmospheric studies.

My personal interests include relaxing on the beach, skiing, longboarding, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates.

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

Tania Ita Vargas

I received my B.S. in Meteorology from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru) in 2013. I have also worked for 5 years as a weather forecaster in the National Weather Service of Peru.

Research interests: Synoptic Climatology of South America, Mountain Geography, Climate Change, Cryosphere, El Niño Southern Oscillation.

Personal interests: Reading, Hiking, Cooking, Traveling

Kaiser

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.

Timothy Kinlaw

I graduated from Appalachian State University in Spring 2018 with a B.S. in Geography and a certificate in GIS (Accelerated Admissions Program).

Research interests include: Hydroclimatology, Mountain Geography, and GIScience.

Personal interests include: Hiking, Running, Bouldering, Mountain Biking, Coffee and Tea, Reading, Volunteering, and most other things 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.

MacGoun

Elisa MacGoun

I received my B.A. of Philosophy from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2016.

My research interests include Green ecosystems, ecosystem advocacy/ protection, non-profit environmental, Phycology, and human geography.

Personal Interests: hiking, tennis, rock climbing, dancing, singing, cooking, bowling, ukulele.

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.

Spagnolo

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

Frances Tucker

I received my B.S. in Geography with a Concentration in GIS in 2017 from Appalachian State University. 

Some of my research interests include GIS applications within Hydrology, Agriculture, and Wildlife. 

Personal Interests: Farming, pumpkins, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and my dogs.

Wilson

Matthew Wilson

B.S. in Geography with a concentration in GIS from Appalachian State University in 2018 (Accelerated Admissions Program).

Research Interests: GIScience, Human/Cultural Geography, Political Ecology, Understanding and Defining Place, Historical Geography, and GeoPolitics.

Personal Interests: Reading, Writing, Philosophy, Soccer, Hiking, and Coffee.