Geography and Sustainable Planning Faculty


Roy Cole

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
Email: coler@gvsu.edu

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.

Representative Publications:

  • 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

Elena Lioubimtseva, Professor and Department Chair

Ph.D. Environmental Geography. M.S. Geography (Physical), Moscow State University, Russia
Office: B-4-202 Mackinac Hall
Phone: 616-331-2874
Emaillioubime@gvsu.eduLinkedIn profile.

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

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Jim Penn

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
Phone: 616-331-8522
Emailpennji@gvsu.eduFaculty web pageLinkedIn profile.

Areas of interest: Latin America, Amazonia, non-timber forest resources, tropical agriculture, natural resource use, protected areas, demographic change, globalization and development

Representative Publications:

  • 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.W., Jr, and J. van Leeuwen. 2006. Amazonian Homegardens: Their ethnohistory and potential contribution to agroforestry development. Pp. 43 -60 In: Kumar, B.K. and P.K. Nair (eds.) Tropical Homegardens: A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry. 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

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

Office: B-4-207 Mackinac Hall
Phone: 616-331-8521
Emailsunwa@gvsu.eduLinkedIn profile

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

Representative Publications:

  • 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 imageryInternational 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

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
Phone: 616-331-8672
Emailwagendoj@gvsu.eduLinkedIn 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

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
Phone: 616-331-3068
Emailxug@gvsu.eduLinkedIn profile

Areas of Interest: Economic Geography, urban studies, urban and regional development, GIS, international business, globalization, tourism, China, East Asia


 

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Kin Ma

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
Phone: 616-331-3351
Email: makin@gvsu.edu. Faculty web pageLinkedIn 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

Representative Publications:

  • 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 ApproachesPhotogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 74(11): 1312, 1314.

Yanning Wei

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
Phone: 616-331-8819
Email: yanning_wei@gvsu.edu

Areas of interest: GIS and environmental sustainability, social theories, development thoughts, migration and poverty.   


Michael Gutowsky

Michael Gutowsky, Adjunct Instructor

M.S. Geography, Western Michigan University
B.S. Business Administration, Western Michigan University
Office: B-4-208 Mackinac Hall
Phone: 616-331-2861
Emailgutowskm@gvsu.eduLinkedIn profile

Areas of Interest: Meteorology, Climatology, climate change, Political Geography, sports


Steven Stepek

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.
Email: stepekst@gvsu.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-stepek-aicp-b502004/

Areas of Interest: Regional Policy and Planning, Transportation, and GIS   


Judith Transue

Judith Transue, Adjunct Instructor

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning
MSW in Social Work/Community Organizing
M.A. Classical Studies
Office: MAK B-4-209
Phone: 616-331-2379
Emailtransuej@gvsu.eduLinkedIn profile.

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

Frank Wash, Adjunct Instructor

B.S. and M.P.A. Geography and Planning, Grand Valley State University

Email: frankwashgvsu@gmail.com

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

Jon Wessell, Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D. candidate, Geographic Education, Walden University
M.A. Geography, Western Michigan University

Chair, Geography Education Specialty Group (AAG)


Office: B-4-209 Mackinac Hall
Phone: 616-331-2379
Emailwessellj@gvsu.eduLinkedIn profile

Areas of interest: Cultural Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography Field Study, Environmental Geography, Geographic Education, and Recreation Geography

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