Dr. Jeremy Diem, Interim State Coordinator and Director of Research: (Ph.D., The University of Arizona): Jeremy is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. He considers himself a geographer-climatologist, and his research areas over the past two decades have been air pollution in the southwestern and southeastern United States, precipitation variability in the southeastern United States, the North American monsoon, urban effects on climate, and rainfall in the Albertine Rift region of Africa. As part of his Africa research, he is a member of People, Environment, and Climate in the Albertine Rift (PECAR) research team. Jeremy also is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geosciences and works hard to ensure that students have god experiences and are well-trained while receiving their degrees. He has a passion for climate-change literacy (aka climate literacy), and is the developer of the Climate Literacy Labs, which are used by over 1,200 students per year at Georgia State University. Jeremy is deeply committed to using his experience as a climate researcher to enhance instruction at all levels.
Dr. Christy C. Visaggi, Co-Coordinator and Director of Education and Outreach: (PhD in Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington): Christy is a Lecturer in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. She is trained in geology, paleontology, marine ecology, and science education at the K-12 level and beyond. Her research focuses on understanding geographic variation in marine communities with implications for the fossil record and modern conservation efforts. Her pedagogical approaches utilize inquiry-based activities, collaborative work, and place-based learning to foster science-literate citizens who are able to recognize the importance and relevance of concepts in life and earth sciences to society. Christy has received awards for promoting underrepresented groups in STEM fields from the Ford Foundation and Association for Women Geoscientists. She has mentored undergraduates as part of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in biodiversity conservation (National Science Foundation Award #0755109). Christy is passionate about providing opportunities for students to engage in publishable research as part of their educational experience by contributing new data to address scientific problems with presentation of the results to a variety of audiences.
Dr. Amanda Rees, Southwestern Georgia Regional Coordinator: (PhD in American Studies, University of Kansas): Amanda is Professor of Geography in the Department of History and Geography at Columbus State University. Amanda’s work explores how rural and urban spaces shape, and are shaped by, social, economic, and cultural conditions. Recent work includes “Fin-de-Siècle Industrial Communities and the Aesthetics of Built Space” for Journal of Cultural Geography. Her students are regularly engaged in service learning community projects that are published at CSU’s Columbus Community Geography Center. Recently students analyzed food pantry accessibility across Muscogee County, GA and wrote a History from the River for Columbus’ white water river guides along with a map of the river’s new rapids. Dr. Rees is also interested in peer mentoring and recently published “Peer Mentoring Communities of Practice for Early and
Mid-Career Faculty: Broad Benefits from a Research-
Oriented Female Peer Mentoring Group” in The Journal of Professional Development with Kim Shaw, and editedThriving as a Stand-Alone Geographer: A Handbook (2014) in conjunction with the Association of American Geographers.
Dr. Amy Potter, Southeastern Georgia Regional Coordinator: (PhD in Geography, Louisiana State University): Amy is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of History at Armstrong State University. Her work explores a variety of themes centered on the Caribbean island of Barbuda and the U.S. South. Most recently, she is a Co-PI on a 3-year National Science Foundation Grant entitled “Transformation of American Southern Commemorative Landscapes,” that compares three major plantation regions including the Low Country area of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, the James River area in Virginia and the River Road District in southern Louisiana. She is an avid proponent of undergraduate research, with the grant facilitating student involvement in fieldwork and data collection. She is also an editor for the book Social Memory and Heritage Tourism Methodologies published in February of 2015 by Routledge. In addition to research, she serves as a grader for the AP Human Geography Exam and is a member of GIS Day Savannah planning committee.
Ken Keller, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator: Ken has been teaching AP Human Geography at Walton HS, Marietta, GA since August 2013. Prior to Ken moving to Georgia he taught AP Human Geography at Danbury HS, Danbury, CT, since the course’s inception in 2000-2001. He was a member of the APHG Test Development Committee from 2006-2010 and has scored the APHG exam since 2002. Ken was also an adjunct professor of Geography at Western Connecticut State University from 2008-2013. He is also a current member of the Executive Board of the National Council of Geographic Education (NCGE) and has been a consultant for the College Board for the past 10 years, teaching AP Summer Institutes for new and experienced teachers of AP Human Geography.
Darryl Haddock, Lead Graduate Research Assistant: (B.A. Geography, Jacksonville University): Darryl is currently the Environmental Education Director for West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. He completed Jacksonville University with a BA in Geography and is currently enrolled in Georgia State University with plans to receive a master’s degree in Geoscience. Darryl has nearly 10 years of professional experience as an environmental scientist working for the consulting firm, Dames and Moore, as a principal investigator with USGS on a subsurface mapping project and as Environmental Specialist for the State of Georgia, Environmental Protection Division. Both Environmental Leadership Program and Toyota Together Green/ National Audubon Society recognized him as a fellow and emerging leader in the environment and conservation movements. He is certified as a Project WET Trainer, an Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation and is also completing an Environmental Education certification program with Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia (ATEEG); which is a nationally accredited, professional certification program for formal and non-formal educators. Darryl coordinates educational programs, community outreach and citizen science research activities and participates in WAWA’s day to day operations.
Jewel Jacobs, Undergraduate Student Assistant: Jewel Jacobs is a freshman at Georgia State University. She is currently majoring in psychology. She is a university assistant and works in the geosciences department under Dr. Vissagi and Dr. Diem. Her current position involves the research of geography around Georgia and spreading awareness to K-12 students throughout Georgia. Jewel hopes to be able to communicate the psychological affect that one’s current location or geography can have on everyday life.
Grace Packard, Undergraduate Student Assistant: Grace Packard is a freshman Geoscience major in Georgia State University’s Honors College. She is interested in understanding and protecting natural environments, encouraging sustainability, and studying human interaction with geographic areas. She has an interest in other cultures, particularly in francophone areas of the world, and hopes to incorporate all of her diverse interests into her work at the Georgia Geographic Alliance.
Allison McCallum, Undergraduate Student Assistant: Allison McCallum is a freshman at Georgia State University Honor’s College. She is majoring in journalism, and she is interested in the ways that she can tie journalism to Geosciences.