Student Research

All MSGA students complete a 6-credit capstone project, designed to show that they can carry out a significant independent research project. Below is an alphabetical-by-last-name list of projects, completed since the program started.

Bentley, John Land Cover and Elevation Change Due to Mountaintop Removal Mining in the Hobet 21 Coal Mine, West Virginia 2018
Bergstresser, Sarah Application of Least-cost Path Analysis for a U.S. Route 29 Bypass around Charlottesville, Virginia 2018
Bernhardt, Gerard Is Broadband Access Predicted by Demographics? 2017
Berry, David Analysis of LIDAR to Visualize and Understand the Archaeological Landscape of James Madison’s Montpelier 2019
Cate, Colin A Crisis from Above: Using geospatial analysis to assess healthcare access in the Kutupalong-Balukhali Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh 2019
Chadduck, Colin Study of Night Time Lights: Continental United States, 2003-2013 2016
Cleary, Summers GIS and Field-based Methods Modeling the Distribution of the Worm-eating Warbler: Applied Methods for Enhanced Natural Resource Conservation Management 2018
Davis, E-B Geovisualizing the Religious Terrain of Fredericksburg, VA 2019
Dawes, Nathan Visualizing Historic Mount Vernon: A Geospatial Landscape 2017
Gatens, Will Spatiotemporal Forecasting Analysis of Violent Events in Syria: Integrating Statistical Software with GIS to Forecast Future Violent Events in Syria 2019
Gregory, Meredith Climate Ecosystem Modeling 2019
Hooks, Kristine The Geographic Distribution of Recent Benthic Foraminifera off the North American Atlantic Coast: A Web-based Geovisualization 2018
Johnson, Andrew Spatial Analysis of Real Estate Valuation in the City of Fredericksburg 2015
Keplinger, Katie Using Modis Fire Detections as a Means for Tracking Boko Haram Village Burnings 2017
Kristensen, Simon Analyzing Spatial Patterns of Growth in American Cities Using Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Data 2018
Lafleur, Richard Gravesite Preservation: The Design and Implementation of a Web-based Geographic Information System for Cemeteries 2017
Larsen, Carl A Qualitative Study of Socioeconomic Mapping Values and Preferences by Different Organizations in Norfolk, Virginia 2015
Lowzik, Jocelyn Geospatial Analysis of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) Power Outage Events 2016
McPhail, Peter Conceptualizing the Counterinsurgency: A Historical GIS of the Marines in the Dominican Republic from 1917-1919 2017
Moulton, Chris Modeling Relative Past and Future Sea-level in the Potomac Estuary through CO-OPS Tidal Station-Centered Spatiotemporal Analysis 2015
Petroff, Christopher Creating Efficiencies with Geographic Information Systems at Stafford Regional Airport 2017
Phoebus, Laura An Evaluation of Land Cover Change in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Using Lanscape Metrics and Landscape Pattern Analysis 2018
Rabatin, Paul Situational Awareness Visualization Emergency Management Environment 2016
Rodenberg, Clare The Holdridge Life Zone System: Testing the Sensitivity of a Climate-Vegetation Model 2016
Ryan, Michael Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Vegetation Assessments: A Comparison of Per-Pixel and Object-Based Classification Methods 2019
Safarik, Justin A Spatiotemporal Assessment of Anthropogenic Influence on the Yamuna River in Delhi, India 2018
Seay, Stephanie Exploration of Urban Greenness and Low Birth Weight in Atlanta, Georgia 2017
Slyer, Gelisa A Spatial Analysis of Crime in Washington, DC from 2008-2015 2017
Snyder, Jacob Multitemporal Analysis of the Urban Heat Island Effect in Phoenix, AZ 2017
Wheaton, Kelley Analyzing Spatio-temporal Patterns of Birth Weight in Georgia: Demographic and Environmental Associations and Epidemiological Modelling 2016
Young, Bryce A GIS Roadmap for Strategic Conservation in the George Washington Planning District 2016