Current Graduate Students
Ermen Gomez is a second-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 is a second-year graduate student in the Applied Geography program. She 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.
Zihao Wu, also Zachary, is a second-year graduate student in the Applied Geography program 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.
Bless Dupeh is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography program. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. Many environmental problems have a geographical dimension and the use of geospatial techniques can help address such problems. Her research interests are related to disaster risk management and how geospatial techniques can be used as a tool in risk reduction. She also seeks to analyze the impact of disasters on health.
Chiamaka Chimah is a first-year graduate student in the Applied Geography program. She graduated from University of Nigeria with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She has a background in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and GIS software applications. Her previous research was focused on applying sustainable development measures in urban planning to ensure conservation and preservation of the built environment. Her current research interest is directed towards applying geospatial techniques, specifically GIS and Remote Sensing techniques to improve urban planning.
Sydney Davis is a first-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) although she found her passion on St. Catherines 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.
Last updated: 2/19/2019