Geography and Sustainable Planning Faculty
Roy Cole, Professor
Ph.D. Geography, Michigan State University
M.S. Resource Development, Michigan State University
Office: B-4-203 Mackinac Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3377
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. LinkedIn profile.
- Cole, R. 2014 "Assessing student learning outcomes in a large, general education, world regional geography course." International Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 5(1): 11-28.
- Ouedraogo, I., P. Savadogo, M. Tigabu, R. Cole, P.C. Oden, and J.-M. Ouadba. 2011. Trajectory Analysis of Forest Cover Change in the Tropical Dry Forest of Burkina Faso, West Africa. Landscape Research, 36(3): 303–320.
- Ouedraogo, I., P. Savadogo, M. Tigabu, R. Cole, P.C. Oden, and J.-M. Ouadba. 2009. Is Rural Migration a Threat to Environmental Sustainability in Southern Burkina Faso. Land Degradation and Development, 20: 217-230.
- Cole, R. 2008. The regional representation of Africa in undergraduate geography of Africa textbooks, 1953 to 2004. Journal of Geography, 107(2): 61-74.
- Cole, R. and H. J. de Blij. 2007. Survey of Sub-Saharan Africa: A Regional Geography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Elena Lioubimtseva, Professor and Department Chair
Areas of interest: climate change, land use and land cover change, human vulnerability and adaptations to climate change and natural disasters, food security, Russia and Central Eurasia
- Lioubimtseva, E., 2015. A multi-scale assessment of human vulnerability to climate change in the Aral Sea basin. Environmental Earth Science (2015) 73:719–729, DOI 10.1007/s12665-014-3104-1
- Lioubimtseva, E., N. Dronin and A. Kirilenko, 2015. Grain production trends in the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in the context of climate change and international trade. In: A. Elbehri, Ed. Climate Change and Food Systems: Global assessments and implications for food security and trade, FAO of the UN, Rome.
- Lioubimtseva, E., 2014. Climate and Environmental Changes in the Drylands of Central Asia. In Gaur Mahesh Kumar & P. Moharana (Ed.), Environment,People and Development: Experiences from Desert Ecosystems. New India Publishing.
- Lioubimtseva, E., De Beurs, K. M., & Henebry, G. M., 2013. Grain production trends in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in the context of the global climate variability and change. In Tamim Younos (Ed.), Climate Change and Water Resources, The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
- Henebry, G. M., De Beurs, K. M., Wright, C. K., & Lioubimtseva, E., 2013. The Drylands of East Asia in Hemispheric Context. In J Chen, S Wan, G Henebry, J Qi, G Gutman, G Sun, M Kappas, eds (Ed.), Dryland East Asia: Land Dynamics Amid Social and Climate Change. HEP/De Gruyter.
- Lioubimtseva, E., 2013. Africa and the Global Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation Challenges. In Tim Murithi, Ph.D. (Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa and the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) (Ed.), Africa’s International Relations: A Handbook. London: Routledge.
- Lioubimtseva, E., Kariyeva, J., & Henebry, G. M., 2013. Climate Change in Turkmenistan. In Andrey Kostianov and Igor Zonn (Ed.), The Turkmen Lake Altyn Asir and Water Resources in Turkmenistan, The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
- Lioubimtseva, E., 2013. Impact of Climate Change on the Aral Sea and its Basin. In Philip Micklin, Nikolay Aladin and Igor Plotnikov (Ed.), The Aral Sea: A story of Human Destruction and Partial Rehabilitation of a Great lake. Praxis.
- Lioubimtseva, E., & Henebry, G. M., 2012. Grain production trends in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan: New opportunities in an increasingly unstable world?. Frontiers of Earth Science, 6(2), 157-166. DOI: 10.1007/s11707-012-0318-y.
- Lioubimtseva, E. 2004. Climate change in arid environments: revisiting the past to understand the future. Progress in Physical Geography, 28(4), 502-530.
- Lioubimtseva, E. 2003. An evaluation of vegetation-1 imagery for broad-scale landscape mapping of Russia: Effects of resolution on landscape pattern. Landscape and Urban Planning, 65, 187-200.
- Lioubimtseva, E. Possible changes in the carbon budget of arid and semi-arid Central Asia inferred from land use/land cover analyses during 1981-2001. 441-451.
- Adams, J. M. & Lioubimtseva, E. 2004. Possible implications of increased carbon dioxide levels and climate change for desert ecosystems. Environmental Management, 33(1), S388-S404.
- Lioubimtseva, E., Cole, R., Adams, J. M. & Kapustin, G. 2005. Impacts of climate change and land-cover changes in arid lands of central Asia. Journal of Arid Environments, 62, 285-308.
- Lioubimtseva, E. Russia's role in the post - 2012 climate change policy: Key contradictions and uncertainties. 1-17.
- Lioubimtseva, E. Global food security and grain production trends in central Eurasia: Do models predict a new window of opportunity? 79-90.
- Lioubimtseva, E. Dr. Lioubimtseva Interviewed By World Politics Review Regarding Climate Change in Russia. September 1, 2016.
Jim Penn, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Geography, University of Florida
M.A. Latin American Studies, Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida
Office: B-4-205 Mackinac Hall
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty web page. LinkedIn profile.
Areas of interest: Latin America, Amazonia, non-timber forest resources, tropical agriculture, natural resource use, protected areas, demographic change, globalization and development
- Penn, J. 2017. Piassaba broom production and fiber extraction amid challenging socioeconomic conditions in the lower Andes: A case from Peru. Pp. 177- 205 In: C. Allen (ed.) The Andes: Geography, diversity and sociocultural impacts. Nova Science.
- Delgado, C., Penn, J. & Couturier, G. (2016). Status of Cacao trees following seasonal floods in major watersheds of the Peruvian Amazon. Agricultural Science, 4(2): 15-24.
- Penn, J. 2012. The unconquered: In search of the Amazon’s last uncontacted tribes. (Review). Journal Latin American Geography, 11(1): 188-90.
- Penn, J. 2010. Domestication centers. In B. Warf (Ed.), Sage encyclopedia of human geography (pp. 374-378). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Penn, J.W., Jr. 2008. Non-timber forest products in Peruvian Amazonia: Changing patterns of economic exploitation. Focus on Geography, 51(2): 18-25.
- Pinedo-Panduro, M. and J. Penn. 2008. Camu-camu: A sustainable option for agroindustry in the Peruvian Amazon. FAO Non-wood News, 17: 52.
- Penn, J.W., Jr. 2006. The cultivation of Camu Camu (Myrciaria Dubia): A tree planting programme in the Peruvian Amazon. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 16: 85-101.
- Miller, R.P., Penn, J. and J. van Leeuwen. 2006. Amazonian Homegardens: Their ethnohistory and potential contribution to agroforestry development. Advances in Agroforestry 3. Dordrecht: Springer Science.
- Penn, J. & G. Neise. 2004. Aguaje palm agroforestry in the Peruvian Amazon. The Palmateer 24 (1): 15-18.
- Meyer, D., and J. Penn. 2003. An overview of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Communal Reserve. Rapid Biological Inventories 11: 176-177. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History.
Wanxiao Sun, Associate Professor
Postdoc, University of California – Berkeley, 2001
Ph.D., Remote Sensing and GIS, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, December 1999
M.S., Remote Sensing and GIS, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, July 1989
B.S., Computer Cartography, Nanjing University, China, July 1986
Areas of interest: remote sensing and digital image processing algorithms, image understanding and classification, applications of remote sensing, GPS in mapping and monitoring the Earth’s environments, computer cartography, GIS and GIScience
- Churches, C., Wampler, P. J., Sun, W., and Smith, A. J., 2014. Evaluation of forest cover estimates for Haiti using supervised classification of Landsat data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 30: 203–216.
- Wampler, P., Churches, C. E., Smith, A., Sun, W., 2014. Forest Cover and Impacts to Water Quality in Haiti. (6th ed., vol. 46, pp. 615). Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.
- Sun, F., Sun, W., Chen, J., and Gong, P. 2012. Comparison and improvement of methods for identifying water bodies in remotely sensed imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33:21, 6854-6875.
- Sun, G., Sun, W., Liang, S., Zhang, Z., and Chen. E. 2012. Above-ground biomass, in Advanced Remote Sensing: Terrestrial Information Extraction and Applications. S. Liang et al. (Ed.), Elsevier/Academic Press, Waltham, MA, Chapter 15, pp. 467-499.
- Liang, S., Liu, R., Qin, J., Sun, W., Wang, K., and Yang, J. 2009, Remote sensing observations and inversion of land parameters for supporting ecosystem model simulation, in Human Activities and Ecosystem Dynamics. Yu, G. et al. (Ed.), Higher Education Press, Beijing (in Chinese), Chapter 4, pp. 121-156.
- Oyana, T. J., Sun, W., and Sirikulchayanon, P., 2009. Buffering functions of mangroves in the 2004 tsunami, International Journal of Digital Earth, 2(3): 257–274.
- Sun, W., Liang, S., Xu, G., Fang, H., and Dickinson, R., 2008. Mapping plant functional types from MODIS data using multisource evidential reasoning, Remote Sensing of Environment, 112:1010–1024.
- Sun, W. and Liang, S., 2008. Methodologies for mapping plant functional types. In S. Liang (ed.), Advances in Land Remote Sensing: System, Modeling, Inversion and Application: 369-393. Springer.
- Sirikulchayanon, P., Sun, W., and Oyana, T., 2008. Assessing the impacts of the 2004 tsunami on mangroves using remote sensing and GIS techniques, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29(12):3553-3576.
- McDonald, P., Nielsen, C., Oyana, T., and Sun, W., 2008. Modelling habitat overlap among sympatric mesocarnivores in Southern Illinois, USA. Ecological Modelling, 215:276-286.
- Sun, W., 2006. Three new implementations of the triangular prism method for computing the fractal dimension of remote sensing images, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 72(4):373-382.
- Sun, W., Xu, G., Gong, P., and Liang, S., 2006. Fractal analysis of remote sensing images: A review of methods and applications, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 27(22):4963-4990.
- Sun, W., Kelly, M., and Gong, P., 2005. Separation of dead tree crowns from the oak woodland forest mosaic by integrating spatial information, Geocarto International, 20(2):15-20.
- Sun, W., Kolappal, A., and Gong, P., 2005. Two computation methods for detecting anisotropy in image texture, Geographic Information Sciences, 11(2):87-96.
- Sun, W., Liang, S., Xu, G., and Fang, H., 2005. Improving MODIS PFT product using multisource evidential reasoning. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing, 1:225-227. ISSN: 1682-1750. October 17-19, 2005, Beijing, China.
- Sun, W. 2004. Land-Use Classification Using High Resolution Satellite Imagery: A New Information Fusion Method – An Application in Landau, Germany. Mainz: University of Mainz Press, ISBN: 3-88250- 049-2, 95 pages.
- Sun, W., Heidt, V., Gong, P., and Xu, G., 2003. Information fusion for rural land-use classification with high resolution satellite imagery, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 41(4):883-890.
- Sun, W., and Heidt, V., 2001. Contribution of spatial information of high-resolution satellite imagery to optimizing classification methods, Research Magazine of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, 17:46-51.
- Sun, W., 1992. Developing a PC-based GIS using Landsat imaginary as the principal data source, Memoirs of Nanjing Institute of Geography, Academia Sinica, 8:84-92.
Jeroen Wagendorp, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Geography, University of Oklahoma
M.A. Geography, Western Michigan University
B.S. Geography and International Relations, Aquinas College
Office: B-4-201 Mackinac Hall
Email: email@example.com. LinkedIn profile
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
Gang Xu, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
M.S. Urban and Regional Planning/Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Office: B-4-206 Mackinac Hall
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. LinkedIn profile
Areas of Interest: Economic Geography, urban studies, urban and regional development, GIS, international business, globalization, tourism, China, East Asia
- Litvin, S., Xu, G., Ferguson, A., and Smith, W. 2013. Too Attractive for Its Own Good? South of Broad, Second Homes and Resident Attitudes. Tourism Management Perspectives. 7: 89–98.
- Sun, W., Liang, S., Xu, G., Fang, H., and Dickinson, R. 2008. Mapping plant functional types from MODIS data using multisource evidential reasoning. Remote Sensing of Environment 112(3):1010–1024.
- Xu, G., & Wang, R. 2007. The effect of foreign direct investment on domestic capital formation, trade, and economic growth in a transition economy: Evidence from China. The Global Economy Journal, 7(2): 1-21.
- Xu, G. 2006. Tourism. In Geography and Economy of China, (B. Staiger, S. Friedrich and H. Schuette, editors). Darmstadt: WBG (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft), pp. 161-163.
Kin M. Ma, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Geography, Michigan State University
M.S. Resource Development, Michigan State University
B.A. Williams College
Office: B-4-204 Mackinac Hall
Email: email@example.com. Faculty web page. LinkedIn profile.
Areas of interest: Geographic Information systems (GIS), Civic and Community Engagement, remote sensing of forests and water resources, natural resource management, Great Lakes, U.S./Canadian Geography, Taiwan, and also East Asia
- Ma, Kin M. 2010. Map Animation. In B. Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography, (Vols. 1-6): 1825-1828.
- Ma, Kin M. 2008. Review of Understanding Forest Disturbance and Spatial Pattern: Remote Sensing and GIS Approaches. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 74(11): 1312, 1314.
Yanning Wei, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Geography, University of Washington
M.A. Urban Planning, University of Louisville
B.S. Economics and Management, Northwest University
Office: B-4-200 Mackinac Hall
Areas of interest: GIS and environmental sustainability, social theories, development thoughts, migration and poverty.
Michael Gutowsky, Adjunct Instructor
Areas of Interest: Meteorology, Climatology, climate change, Political Geography, sports
Steven Stepek, Adjunct Instructor
M.P.A. Regional Policy and Planning Emphasis, Grand Valley State University.
B.S. Geography and Planning, Grand Valley State University.
Areas of Interest: Regional Policy and Planning, Transportation, and GIS
Judith Transue, Adjunct Instructor
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
Frank Wash, Adjunct Instructor
B.S. and M.P.A. Geography and Planning, Grand Valley State University
I am originally from the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. I moved to western Michigan to work for what was then Butterworth Hospital as a registered respiratory therapist. I worked my way through a BS and MPA at GVSU. This winding path introduced me to community planning and public management. I was asked to create a special topics class for the GVSU MPA program. I taught this class, PA 680 Planning and Zoning, from 2009-2011. My approach to teaching is the same as my approach to everyday existence...Develop all of your senses, understand your surroundings, recognize when history is repeating itself and never stop evolving your Third Eye. This process will allow you to achieve a successful mindset...which leads to a productive skillset...which leads to a better life and opportunities to become a better person.
Areas of interest: community planning and public management
Jon Wessell, Adjunct Instructor
Ph.D. candidate, Geographic Education, Walden University
M.A. Geography, Western Michigan University
Chair, Geography Education Specialty Group (AAG)
Areas of interest: Cultural Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography Field Study, Environmental Geography, Geographic Education, and Recreation Geography
- Wessell, Jonathan E. (2016) Geography Education: Applying Spatial Aspects to Everyday Life: American Association of Geographers Geography Education Specialty Group, The Geography Teacher, 13:1, 29-30, DOI: 10.1080/19338341.2016.1151726
- Battersby, S., Mohan, A., Cooper, C., Curtis, M., Lane, J., Tabor, L., and Wessell, J. (2013).What supports or promotes the development of geographic knowledge, skills and practices?; Pedagogy and research priorities to improve geography teaching and learning at the K-12 level. Research in Geographic Education. 15(2). 29-43.
- Wessell, JE. (1997) Recreation Quality and Usage: A comparative study of three West Michigan rail-trails. Small Town. 28(1) Small Towns Institute. Ellensburgh, WA