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Current Graduate Students

 Austin Abarr is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
 Zainab Oyinkansola Akinsemoyin is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program. I earned a BS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. After attending a Geoinformation (GI) firm’s in-school training, I became interested in using and applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to our environment during my second year at the University of Lagos. My undergraduate thesis focused on the effects of reclamation and land-use change on indigenous residents. While working on my undergraduate thesis, I realized that as urban planners, we base our decisions on data and not just any data; spatially referenced data. My interest in Geospatial Data Analytics was piqued as a result of this. As a GIS analyst and a geospatial data analyst, I’ve had the opportunity to work in various fields. I worked as a GIS analyst on World Bank-sponsored projects, and as a Geospatial Data analyst for Polaris Digitech Limited (PDL); PDL is a Nigeria based company in charge of capturing Google Street View images in Nigeria as well as spatially located data for other public and private firms. Before beginning my graduate program at Georgia Southern, I worked as a GIS officer for Ikeja Electric, one of Nigeria’s largest electricity distributors. Ikeja Electric also has one of the most extensive customer bases in Nigeria. I developed an interest in the Masters of Applied Geography program because it allows me to advance both my GIS knowledge and my understanding of our environment at the same time.
Galen Costomiris a second-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
Harrison Currin is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
Sydney O. Davis is a third-year graduate student in the Applied Geography program. Sydney received her B.S. in Biology at Georgia Southern University in 2017. While working toward her undergraduate degree, Sydney conducted research on the phenotypic plasticity of aphids (Aphis gossypii). This experience sparked an interest in how environmental influences alter development cycles. Sydney also became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), although she found her passion on St. Catherine’s Island in the study of sea turtle conservation and nesting behavior. She was introduced to the island as a student, returned as a volunteer, and eventually as a researcher, having the privilege of participating in many projects including monitoring sea turtle nesting, gopher tortoise population ecology, and horseshoe crab behavior. These field study experiences led Sydney to her current pursuit of a Masters in Applied Geography with an emphasis on shoreline changes and their impacts to coastal wildlife.
Kelsey Flannery is a third-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
Kelsie Floyd is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
Taylor Foreman is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
Ermen Gomez is a third-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
Israt Jahan is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program.
Thomas Pudil is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program. He is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in the spring of 2021. During his time at Creighton, Thomas worked with the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research group. While on Sapelo Island, he used remote sensing to monitor aboveground biomass of different salt marsh vegetation types and aquatic properties. In his free time, Thomas enjoys barbell training, fishing, sports, and anything outdoors. He hopes to continue developing his remote sensing techniques during his time at Georgia Southern.
Dain A. Reams is a third-year graduate student in the Applied Geography masters program, emphasizing increasing his skills in geographic information systems (GIS). Previously, Dain has earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and General Studies, and has another Master’s degree in Public Administration – all attained from Georgia Southern University. Formerly, Dain worked as a city planner, and hopes to meld his Applied Geography GIS knowledge and his Public Administration to tackle problems facing revitalization of small to moderate communities with infill using cottage house developments/pocket neighborhoods.
Jerome Reimers is currently in his second year of the Masters of Science in Applied Geography, with a research focus on Remote Sensing of Water, and the effectiveness of the preprocessing atmospheric correction algorithms for water based pixels. Jerome has previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, graduating Cum Laude from Graceland University. Jerome is from Australia. He came to the US to pursue an undergraduate education while playing collegiate baseball for the Graceland Yellowjackets. Jerome hopes to bring his Georgia Southern experience in the Applied Geography program into a career in environmental and water management.

Last updated: 9/28/2021