Current Graduate Students

Dave Rector

Dave Rector

I graduated from Georgia Southern in 2010 with a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation and minor in psychology. I have lived and worked seasonally in Alaska for the past 7 years working in wilderness therapy, outdoor and environmental education, natural resource management, and environmental remediation. I am currently a program director at Southern Adventures, the outdoor program up at the RAC.

My research interests are related to understanding how environmental impacts affect wilderness experiences as well as how perceptions of wilderness influence society. Understanding these factors, I believe, will be an integral part of the future of natural resource management at the local, state, and federal level.

Ermen Gomez

 Ermen Gomez is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography program.  While in serving in the US Army, he operated RADAR systems for counterfire training missions in Europe and South Korea.  As a civilian, he’s worked in the GIS field assisting planners in assessing the California High-Speed Rail system. Ermen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology from California State University, Bakersfield.


Tamelonie Thomas

Tamelonie Thomas graduated from Valdosta State University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Spanish, Business and Journalism). She also has a background in computer coding.  Her research interests include: Cybersecurity, rural development, and geographic information science applications.




Zachary Wu

Zihao Wu, also Zachary, who is a graduate student at Georgia Southern University. Zachary has a robust background in GIS field and also has research experience in GIS/RS programming and work experience in AR/VR field. Zachary got awards in GIS Contest, Mathematical Modeling Contest (COMAP), and GIS Day. Zachary now is interested in machine learning and visualization.


Last updated: 1/18/2018

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