Lab Members

Principal Investigator

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

Bryanna Norlin
M.S. student, Geography

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


Stephanie Burkey
M.S. student, Geography

Stephanie is interested in using GIS and spatial analysis to aid in wildlife conservation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Conservation Biology with a minor in GIS from Kent State. She worked at various national parks before returning for her master’s.


Hannah Trommer M.S. student, Geography

Hannah is interested in climate change and its effects on various ecosystems and how we manage natural resources. She enjoys GIS and remote sensing and learning how they apply to the study of environmental change and conservation efforts. Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from Kent State University.


Undergraduate Students

Grace, Nae and Ana
B.S. student, Geology

More on Grace, Nae & Ana soon!


Research Staff

Hana Matsumoto
Research Assistant

Hana assists with data wrangling, geospatial analysis and mapping tasks using R and Google Earth Engine. She recently graduated from Kent State with a B.S. degree in Conservation Biology and a minor in GIS.


Lab Alumni

Michelle Escalambre
M.A. Geography (2020)
After the Lab - Environmental Science and Design Research Institute, 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.


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Research Assistant (2020-2021)
After the Lab - Graduate Student, Michigan State University

Nick performed geospatial analysis, data wrangling, and wrote a ton of (Google Earth Engine and R) code. He pretty much set up a lot of our reproducible workflows in the lab. He holds dual degrees in Geology (B.S) & Environmental Studies (B.A.) from Kent State University.


Nicolle Di Domenico
Field Team (2021)
After the Lab - 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.

Mainul Islam
M.S. Geography (2021)
After the Lab - PhD Student, University of Iowa

Mainul measured the extent and severity of cyclonic disturbance (Cyclone Sidr 2007) in the Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem in Bangladesh using Google Earth Engine. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology in Bangladesh.


Jeremy Salvo
Research Assistant (2021-2022)
After the Lab - MS Student, Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

As an undergraduate student, Jeremy provided diligent assistance with dendrochronology (tree core samples) related tasks. He now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology.


Kathryn Burns
Field Team (2022)
After the Lab - Undergraduate Student, Kent State University

Kathryn helped us in the field under some tough conditions. She is currently pursing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Kent State University.