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Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)


Jill ColemanJILL S. M. COLEMAN. Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Geography, Ball State University. Ph.D. in Geography-Climatology, The Ohio State University (2005), M.A. in Geography-Climatology, The Ohio State University (2000), B.A. in Geography with a Minor in Geological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998).

Service to the AAG: Chair (2012-2014), Vice-Chair (2010-2012) and Honors Director (2007-2009) of the Climate Specialty Group; Member (2006-present) of the Natural Hazards Specialty Group; Board Member (2004-2006) of the Medical Geography Specialty Group; Organizer (2007-2009) and Judge (2007-2013) for the Climate Specialty Group Student Paper Competition; Chair (2012-2013) and Member (2010-2012) of the Standing Committee on College Geography and Careers; Member (2007-2010) of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women in Geography.

Other Professional Service: Geography Graduate Program Director, Ball State University (2012-present); Regular ad-hoc reviewer for 20 different journals, publishers and/or organizations, including Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Climate Research, Applied Geography, Wiley, Inc., Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, NASA, and NSF; Member of the American Meteorological Society (2002-present), International Society of Biometeorology (2004-present), and Royal Meteorological Society (2009-present); Program Committee Member for the 18th (2008) and 17th (2006) AMS Conference on Biometeorology and Aerobiology; Chair and/or member of numerous university and departmental committees, such as the College Promotion and Tenure Committee, University Graduate Education Committee, University Research Committee, and Dean’s Advisory Council, among others.

Professional Experience: Associate Professor (2011-present) and Assistant Professor (2006-2011), Department of Geography, Ball State University; Adjunct Lecturer (2005-2006), The Ohio State University-Marion;  Undergraduate Academic Advisor (2003-2006), Department of Geography, The Ohio State University; Graduate Research Assistant (2001-2003), Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University; Graduate Teaching Associate (1998-2001), The Department of Geography, The Ohio State University.

Honors, Awards and Grants: External grants from the National Science Foundation and the Discovery Foundation as well as numerous internal research and professional service grants.  Elected Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (2009); AAG Warren G. Nystrom Award Finalist (2007); Tromp Foundation Young Scholar Award for Biometeorology (2007); E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Graduate Fellow, The Ohio State University (2004).

Research and Teaching Interests: Research specialization in hydroclimatology (droughts, floods, precipitation and streamflow patterns), atmospheric teleconnections, large-scale atmospheric circulation, weather-societal impacts, human biometeorology and applied geography. Teaching responsibilities include courses on climatology, introductory and advanced meteorology, atmospheric hazards, global geography, and statistics.

Publications: Published in journals such as The Professional Geographer, Journal of Climate, Water Resources Research, Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Meteorological Applications, International Journal of Climatology and Geophysical Research Letters. Author of nearly 40 reference entries appearing in venues such as the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, Encyclopedia of Geography, Encyclopedia of Research Design. Associated editor and author for the first six volumes of the Green Series (Sage Press, Inc.).  


Matt GerikeMATTHEW GERIKE. Geospatial Services Manager, City of Columbia, Missouri. Ph.D. (Kansas State University, 2012), M.A. (Kansas State University, 2004), B.A. (University of Missouri, 2001).

Service to Geography: AAG Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Committee member, 2010-2013. Missouri GIS Advisory Council member, 2010-present. Missouri GIS Advisory Council Local Government Committee co-chair, 2010-2013, and member, 2010-present. Missouri GIS Advisory Council Strategic Planning Committee member, 2011-present. Missouri Geographic Alliance Strategic Planning Committee member, 2011-present. University of Missouri Gamma Theta Upsilon, Beta Xi Chapter, alumni advisor, 2011-present. Columbia Area Career Center Geospatial Technology Advisory Board member, 2010-present. Kansas State University Department of Geography Alumni Board member, 2013-present. Missouri State Geography Bee judge, 2010-2013. Summers@Mizzou (MU Extension and 4-H) general activities and GeoTechnology Camp volunteer, 2010-2013. Camp Hickory Hill Diabetes Camp volunteer for geospatial technology activities, 2010-2012.

Honors and Awards: Awarded the City Manager “High-Five” Award by the City of Columbia, 2013. 2004 thesis “Historical Markers and Meanings: Locating Santa Fe Trail Origins in Central Missouri” selected for the Association of Midwest Graduate School Deans Distinguished Thesis Competition. Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Missouri – Columbia, 2001.

Research and Teaching Interests:  Current research specializations in applied geography, applications of geographic information technologies at nested scales, and cartographic communication, especially as they apply to GIS-centric organizational philosophy, theory, and implementation, organizational and cultural change and change management, and the spatial analysis and visualization of operational data. Additional research interests span the philosophy, theory, and practice of geography and academic geography and memory in the landscape, cultural geography, and historical geography. Taught more than 29 sections across seven different classes at three universities, ranging from introductory physical, human, and geospatial technology courses to economic geography, field-oriented cultural geography seminar, and advanced geographic information systems.

Publications and Presentations:  More than 30 conference presentations, invited presentations, and participation on panels at international, national, state, regional, and local events since 2005, including 19 since 2010. Project manager (non-P.I.) on interdisciplinary funded research (USGS, NSDI CAP, NTIA, state sources). Technical papers addressing state-wide concerns at multiple spatial scales, including the National Hydrography Dataset and geographies of GIS implementations in Missouri local governments. Missouri Geographic Alliance Writing Geography program co-coordinator, 2013-present.


Kathy KlinkKATHERINE KLINK. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Ph.D. Climatology and M.S. Geography, University of Delaware. B.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Service to Geography and Other Professional Service: AAG Nystrom Award Committee, member 1999-2000, 2004-2006, 2007-2008, chair 2010-2013. AAG Constitution and Bylaws Committee, member 2007-2010. Judging panel for student paper competition, AAG West Lakes Annual Meeting, 2001, 2003, 2009. AAG Secretary, 2002-2003. AAG West Lakes Division Regional Councillor, 2000-2003. Co-organizer, Annual Meeting of the AAG West Lakes Division, 2002. AAG Climate Specialty Group, secretary/treasurer 1994-1996. AAG Climate Specialty Group Honors Committee, member 1992-1994. American Meteorological Society Committee of Judges for Undergraduate Awards, member 2006-2009 and 2010-2011, chair 2009-2010. Editorial Board, Physical Geography, 2002-2010. Steering Committee, Minnesota Climate Change Science Symposium, member 2002-2003. University of Minnesota Chapter of Sigma Xi, secretary 1997-2000. Judging panel for student paper presentations, Minnesota Academy of Science Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium: 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999.

Public Service and Outreach: Master Recycler/Composter, 2011-present. Zero-Waste Educator (volunteer), 2009-present. Board of Directors (volunteer), Eureka Recycling, Minneapolis MN, 2006-2013. Participant, City of St. Paul Climate Adaptation Forum, 2012. K-8 curriculum volunteer (eight schools), 2006-2012. Panelist/discussant, Minnesota Public Radio forum on global warming, 2007. Consultant (volunteer) for the PBS television series “Dragonfly TV,” 2001.

Teaching and Research: My teaching and research interests are in physical geography and environmental science with a particular focus on climatology. I also have been involved in co-teaching our graduate seminar in geographical thought. My research includes wind climatology and wind energy, urban climatology, and agricultural impacts of climate variability and change. Several research projects involved collaboration with undergraduate student researchers.

Publications: I have published in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Journal of Climate, Physical Geography, Renewable Energy, and The Professional Geographer.


William MoseleyWILLIAM G. MOSELEY. Professor and Chair of Geography, Macalester College; Adjunct Professor of Geography, University of Minnesota.  Ph.D. (University of Georgia), M.S., M.P.P. (University of Michigan), B.A. (Carleton College).

Service to Geography: AAG National Councillor (2008-2011); editor and associate editor of the African Geographical Review (2006-2010); Chair of the AAG Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (2008-2010); panel member for National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (2013-2014); Committee member, “Strategic Directions for Geography in the Next Decade,” National Academy of Science (2008-2010); editorial board member, African Geographical Review (2010-present), AAG Review of Books (2013-present); external reviewer for six different geography programs and 12 tenure and promotion cases; National Program Committee Member, Section head for the environmental sub-theme, African Studies Association (2002, 2010, 2012).

Professional Experience: Macalester College (2002-present); Visiting Scholar, University of Botswana (2012); Visiting Scholar, University of Cape Town (2005); Northern Illinois University (2001-2002), USAID (1997), Save the Children Fund U.K. (1993-1997), World Bank Environment Department (1992), Peace Corps (1987-1989).

Honors, Awards and Grants: AAG Media Award (2013); Educator of the Year, Macalester College (2010-2011); NSF grant (2005-2008); Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship (2005); Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program Award (2000); Finalist, Glenda Laws Award (2005 and 2006); Finalist, J. Warren Nystrom Dissertation Competition (2003); Dissertation Award, Economic Geography Specialty Group (2002); Student Paper Award, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group (2000); Student Paper Award, Cultural Ecology Specialty Group (2000); Student Paper Award, Africa Specialty Group (2000); Excellence in Research Award, University of Georgia Graduate School (2001); Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia (2001).

Teaching and Research Interests: Political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, food and livelihood security, West and Southern Africa.

Publications: An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), with Eric Perramond, Holly Hapke and Paul Laris; Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa (Ohio University Press, 2008), with Leslie Gray; The Introductory Reader in Human Geography: Contemporary Debates and Classic Writings (Blackwell, 2007), with David Lanegran and Kavita Pandit; four editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues (McGraw-Hill, 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2012); and African Environment and Development: Rhetoric, Programs, Realities (Ashgate, 2004), with Ikubolajeh Logan; over 60 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have appeared in such outlets as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Geographical Journal, the Geographical Review, Geoforum, Journal of Geography, Applied Geography, the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, and Ecological Economics; Op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Al jazeera English, the Christian Science Monitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Chicago Sun Times.


Christiane von ReichertCHRISTIANE VON REICHERT. Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, University of Montana – Missoula. Ph.D. University of Idaho, M.S. Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel, Germany, B.S. Bayerische Julius-Maximilans Universität Würzburg, Germany.

Service to Geography, Allied Disciplines and the Public:  AAG Member since 1991; AAG specialty group member: population, regional development and planning, spatial analysis and modeling; Member of the Rural Sociological Society since 2007; Member of WC084, W1001, 2001, 3001 on rural population change since 1999; Host of 2000 WC084 meeting; Host of Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the AAG 2001; Member of Gamma Theta Upsilon; Member of the Montana Association of GIS Professionals; Previous member of the Regional Science Association International and the Western Regional Science Association; Grant reviewer for CSREES/USDA and Rustaveli Science Foundation; Panelist, session chair, and discussant for the AAG, WRSA, CSREES/USDA; Reviewer for Population, Space and Place, Rural Sociology, Journal of Rural and Community Development, Society and Natural Resources, Key Concepts, and more; Governor appointee to the Montana Land Inventory Advisory Council; Keynote speaker at several conferences sponsored by the Montana Department of Agriculture. 

Honors, Awards and Grants: P.I. of CSREES/USDA research grant; Collaborator on Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation contract; Collaborator on Great Plains Symposium project; Collaborator on NIDRR research grant on geography and disability; University of Idaho Faculty Excellence Award; O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West Fellowship; University of Montana Engagement Award; UM Faculty Development Award; Visiting Scholar in Georgia/Caucasus; John Ruffatto Teaching Award.

Research and Teaching Interests: Amenity migration; migration and population change of rural regions; rural return migration; quantitative and qualitative methodologies; geography and disability; economic geography of rural areas; rural America; community and regional analysis; transportation GIS.

Recent Publications: On rural return migration in Rural Sociology (2013); Population, Space and Place (2013);  The Professional Geographer (2012); Journal of  Rural and Community Development (2011); in Rural Aging in 21st Century America, eds. Glasgow and Berry (2013).


Michael ScottMICHAEL SCOTT. Professor, Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University. Graduate Program Director for the Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems Management at Salisbury University. Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative.  Ph.D. and M.S. (University of South Carolina, 1998 and 1994), B.S. (Salisbury State University, 1992).

Service to Geography: Appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to the MD iMap Executive Committee (2012-present); Regional Councilor, Middle Atlantic Division of the Association of American Geographers (2010-2013); National States Geographic Information Council Broadband Working Group (2010-present); Chair of the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (2012-2013); Organizing Committee Chair, MADAAG Annual Meeting (2008); Student Activities Chair, MADAAG (2004); Newsletter Editor, AAG Hazards Specialty Group (1998-2003).

Professional Experience: Associate Professor (2004-2010) and Assistant Professor (1998-2003) at Salisbury University; Post-doctoral researcher, Hazards Research Lab, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina (1997-1998); Geographic Database Manager and Research Assistant, Hazard Research Lab, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina (1996); Research Assistant, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of South Carolina (1995); GIS Manager, Andean Geophysical Laboratory, Department of Geological Sciences, University of South Carolina (1993-1994); Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina (1992-1996).

Honors and Awards: Invited keynote speaker at the 2013 Applied Geography Conference; Invited keynote speaker at the 2012 Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers; Invited keynote speaker at the 2011 Water Resources Symposium; University System of Maryland’s Wilson H. Elkins Professorship (2009); FEMA’s HAZUS-MH User of the Year (2009); University System of Maryland Regents’ Faculty Award for Public Service (2008); Outstanding Contribution to GIS in Maryland Award at the Towson GIS Conference (2007); Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association Award for Public Education or Research (2006).

Research and Teaching Interests: Geographic Information Systems, Science and Management, GIS and Local Governments, GIS and History, Volumetric GIS, Environmental Hazards (particularly flooding), Vulnerability, GIS and Society, Analytical Cartography, Visualization.

Publications and Grants: More than 30 publications including 16 refereed. Over 125 professional presentations including invited lectures and legislative testimony. More than 150 funded grants and contracts totaling nearly $7 million from a wide range of local, state, regional and national sources including USDA, NTIA, USEDA, USFWS, and USDOT.