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 an Associate 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. She edited the book The Great Plains Region (2004) has written about the future of the American Great Plains “The Buffalo Commons: Plains Residents Responses to a Radical Vision” Great Plains Research (2005). Her urban work includes “New Urbanism: Utopian Landscapes in the Twenty-first Century” (2003) and work in press 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 projects as part of CSU’s Community Geography Center. Recently students produced urban geography projects that supported the needs of the Columbus Consolidated Government’s Neighborhood Stabilization and Improvement Commission. Another project focused on aiding the city’s new Land Bank by creating a map of properties in an economically challenged neighborhood of East Highlands. Students also completed “place-making” historical narratives for Midtown Inc. a local NGO, along with a Good Neighborhood Guide.
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. Amy’s work explores a variety of themes centered on the Caribbean island of Barbuda and the U.S. South. Her dissertation entitled Transnational Spaces and Communal Land Tenure in a Caribbean Place: “Barbuda is for Barbudans” (2011) focused on the intricate connections between transnational migration and land tenure on the island of Barbuda (see also publications in Journal of Cultural Geography and Focus). Since then, she has continued to build on her dissertation work, shifting to larger concerns of sustainability and climate change in a collaborative capacity, conducting long-term fieldwork with colleagues from Brooklyn College and community scholars on Barbuda (see publications in Anthropology News). Amy is also now part of a larger collaborative team that was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant (#1359780) in July 2014 entitled “Transformation of American Southern Commemorative Landscapes,” that will compare three major plantation regions including the Lowcountry area of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, the James River area in Virginia and the River Road District in southern Louisiana. The grant will provide three years of funding for an Armstrong student to partake in fieldwork. In addition to research, she has served as a grader for the AP Human Geography Exam since 2013.
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.
Laura Streib, Undergraduate Honors Student Assistant: Laura is a freshman in the Georgia State University Honors College who is planning on majoring in geology. She is interested in paleontology and is an assistant of Dr. Visaggi. She is interested in how mapping can be used to display scientific research and better predict trends.