Geography Research Projects


Geographic and Historic Study of Ponderosa Way Firebreak and Transportation Route

Betty Elaine Smith, Ph.D. Located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Ponderosa Way was an 800 mile long firebreak built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Depression. Read More...


Mapping the New Corn Belt Project

Chris Laingen, Ph.D. researches the changes in the spatial distribution of the Corn Belt. Read more...


Gulf Ecological & Human Disaster Project

Cameron Craig collects video footage and interviews to change students' perception about the recent oil spill disaster. Read more...

Little Wabash Project  

Little Wabash Project

Diane Burns, Ph.D and David Viertel, Ph.D study channel change along the Little Wabash River utilizing historical aerial photography and current survey work. Read more....


Conference Oral Presentations and Posters



"Land Use Change in the Eastern Corn Belt Plains Ecoregion," Boline, Fisher, and Laingen (2010)
    "Modeling Fixed Carbon & Carbon Dioxide Sequestration from Tree Biomass at Eastern Illinois University," Di Naso, Gutowski, Lemmon, and Boatright (2010)
    "Images from the Corn Belt," Laingen and Craig (2010)
    "Investigation of the Status of Women, by Country, Using the Gender-related Development Index, Gender Empowerment Measure, and Gender Parity Index," Sheehan (2010)


"Gulf Ecological & Human Disaster Project: Connecting & Reflecting on the Impact of the Oil Spill," Craig, Nugent, Schubert, and Gismondi (2010)