Many student research papers from classes or from geoenvironmental research projects are quite excellent and relevant, but quickly buried after the semester ends. Here are some examples of high quality student research projects that I have supervised in order to share with prospective students and other researchers.


Barnett, Jonathan Patrick (2016). GIS-based environmental suitability analysis for vineyards in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Geoenvironmental research. PDF (4.8 MB)


Ahmed, Abdoul (2015). Assessing the impacts of urbanization on Paxton Creek in Harrisburg, PA. Geo 533 project. PDF (1.9 MB)

Allison, Tom and Tim Schock (2015). Availability and quality of urban green spaces in Baltimore City, MD: Equity in the context of race and class. Geo 533 group project. PDF (4.5 MB).

Barnett, Jonathan Patrick (2015). Vineyard suitability analysis of Adams County, PA. Geo 533 project. PDF (1.1 MB)

Barth, Joshua (2015). Examining the relationship between ozone and sulfur dioxide concentrations, urbanization, and plant vigor in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, 1992-2011. PDF (<1 MB)

Deaner, Lisa (2015). How has the American chestnut land cover changed in the eastern United States. Geo 533 project. PDF (< 1 MB)

Eck, Molly, Collin Littlefield, and Courtney Papinchak (2015). Analysis of land cover change within historically abandoned and reclaimed mine land surrounding Centralia, Pennsylvania. Geo 533 group project. PDF (< 1 MB)

Hawkins, Shanna and Dan Weichel (2015). Estimating catchment zones for streams located in karst systems in south-central Pennsylvania. Geo 533 group project. PDF (2.3 MB)

Moats, Alex (2015). An investigation of land use change in the Tuscarora Creek watershed of Maryland. Undergraduate research. PDF (< 1 MB)


Bowe, Max (2013). Investigating economic development near the interstate highway system in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area using spatial models. Geo 533 project. PDF (<1MB)

Lynd, Alyssa, Cody Hitt, and Gus Frederick (2013). Urban growth and development using SLEUTH: Philadelphia metropolitan region. Geo 533 group project. PDF (<1 MB)

Markowitz, Graham and Brett Loski (2013). Analyzing riparian land cover statistics of brook trout streams in Pennsylvania. Geo 533 group project. PDF (1.7 MB)

Moore, Molly (2013). Assessing the temporal and spatial patterns of natural gas development around areas of unmapped headwater streams within the Marcellus shale region of the Susquehanna watershed. Geo 533 project. PDF (1 MB)


Otis, Trent (2012). Evaluating SLEUTH model accuracy at different geographic scales around two National Parks. Geoenvironmental research. PDF (<1.6MB)


Duxbury, Brandon, Kevin Eaton, Kristin Kitchen, and Katie Springman (2011). Exploration of land cover correlations to water quality within the Antietam Creek Watershed: a case study. Geo 533 group project. (PDF <1MB)

Finn, Sam, Stephanie Keiffer, Becca Koroncai and Bob Koroncai (2011). Assessment of InVEST 2.1 Beta: Ecosystem service valuation software. Geo 533 group project. PDF (1.5MB)

Humphrey, Michael, Laurie Young, Neal Kerrigan, and Jared Matson (2011). Upper Delaware River Basin priority conservation areas: Effects of future urban growth scenarios. Geo 533 group project. PDF (1MB)

Kubach, Hannah, Jake Ward, and Shawn Wiley (2011). Assessing land use changes due to Marcellus gas operations in Bradford County, PA. Geo 533 group project. PDF (1.4MB)

Maret, Michael (2011). Using the SLEUTH urban growth model to identify “drivers” of land use change in the Baltimore metropolitan region. Geoenvironmental research. PDF (1.6MB)

Ward, Jake (2011). Changes in the spatial and temporal distribution of gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) territories in a riparian corridor of Bronx Park, NYC from 2003 to 2006 amidst floodplain and vegetation restoration. Geoenvironmenetal research. PDF (2MB)

Woodlief, Veronica, Trent Otis, and Matt Krapf (2011). SLEUTH modeling of urban growth around the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Geo 533 group project. PDF (<1MB)


Atkins, Eric (2010). Estimating impacts of population growth on ecosystem services for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Geoenvironmental research. PDF (1.8 MB)

Stretton, Karen (2010). Evaluation of changes to the quality of riparian forest buffers in the Susquehanna River Watershed. Geoenvironmental research. PDF (<1MB)