Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Tim Assal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
McGilvrey Hall, Office 437

Tim is a biogeographer, landscape ecologist, and applied remote sensing scientist studying the effects of disturbance on forest and shrubland ecosystems. He combines field studies, satellite sensors, and computer modeling to identify when, where and why change took place – typically through a measure of the rate and pattern of environmental change. His primary goal is to provide sound science to both resource managers and policy makers to help shape ecosystem management and conservation as we move into an uncertain future. Prior to his current appointment, he spent a number of years working as an applied Research Ecologist at the United States Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center where he maintains a number of collaborations. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Anthropology & Geography Program at Colorado State University.

Graduate Students

Mainul Islam
M.S. student, Geography

Mainul is investigating the extent and severity of disturbance from Cyclone Sidr (2007) in the Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem in Bangladesh. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology in Bangladesh.

Bryanna Norlin
M.S. student, Geography

Bryanna is interested in natural resources management and remote sensing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from Kent State University and is a first generation college graduate.

Sarah Ventura
M.S. student, Geography

Sarah is interested on the impacts of climate change on vegetation (and pretty much everything else in Geography). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Kent State University and lives on a sheep farm.

Undergraduate Students

Hana Matsumoto
B.S. student, Conservation Biology

Hana assists with data wrangling, geospatial analysis and mapping tasks. She is interested in spatial ecology and is pursuing her degree in Conservation Biology with a minor in GIS.

Research Staff

Nick Manning - cv
Research Assistant
B.S. Geology & B.A. Environmental Studies, Kent State University

Nick assists with geospatial analysis, data wrangling, and writes a lot of code; mostly in R or Google Earth Engine.

Lab Alumni

Michelle Escalambre
M.A. Geography (2020)
Now - Institutional Advancement, Kent State University

Michelle completed her thesis on the impacts of trails to wildlife movement through urban corridors in the Cleveland Metroparks. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

Nicolle Di Domenico
Field Team (2021)
Now - Graduate Student, Penn State University

A close friend of the lab for quite some time, Nikki provided us with rockstar field assistance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Kent State University.