Department of Geography and Anthropology faculty coordinate research labs, serve as editors of scholarly journals, and cultivate collaborative research opportunities, spaces, and places. Learn more about these activities below, many of which present opportunities for student research experiences and engagement, as well as points of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Applied Geography, co-edited by Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson, is a journal devoted to the publication of research which utilizes geographic approaches (human, physical, nature-society and GIScience) to resolve human problems that have a spatial dimension. These problems may be related to the assessment, management and allocation of the world's physical and/or human resources. The underlying rationale of the journal is that only through a clear understanding of the relevant societal, physical, and coupled natural-human systems can we resolve such problems.
Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen or Dr. Mark Patterson
Archaeology Lab and Archaeological Field Experiences
Contact: Dr. Terry Powis or Dr. Teresa Raczek
Biogeography Inventory Research and Dendrology Studies (BIRDS)
The Biogeography Inventory Research and Dendrology Studies (BIRDS) is a consortium of faculty and students that work together to investigate how and why species exist where they do (both spatially and temporally). BIRDS members look at how geography plays a role in species distribution. Current research projects include the composition and structure of (sub)urban forests, as well as the geographies of fermentation and the origin of ingredients used in creating beer, wine and other fermentable appellations.
The two BIRDS-related research labs include the Forest Inventory Research Plots (FIRPs), established within the KSU Arboretum and the KSU Field Station, as well as the KSU Tree Ring Lab, located on the KSU campus. While most findings are published and/or presented at conferences, a series of BIRDS-related maps can be found via the KSU Geospatial Sciences Mapping Portal.
Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
Biological Anthropology LabContact: Dr. Alice Gooding or Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith
Bone Biomechanics Lab
The Bone Biomechanics Lab investigates sport as a model to understand human evolutionary adaptation. That is, we are interested in how the bones of modern people can be used to interpret how past peoples got their food and moved across the landscape.
Stratec pQCT XCT 3000 scanner- This CT scanner is designed to capture bone (fat and muscle to a lesser extent) imaging in the forearm and lower leg of living participants. We have also outfitted the scanner to image dry skeletal material, including crania.
Microscibe G2 Digitizer- A digitizer captures points in space for collecting metric data from three-dimensional objects. For example, craniometric measurements usually taken by hand with calipers can be gathered using the digitizer for increased accuracy, precision, and range of measurements.
Avizo 3D Visualization and Analysis Software- Researchers have a dedicated workstation with Avizo. Current projects include building models of crania from CT scans and testing long bone cross-sectional geometry.
Osteometric Tools and Comparative Skeletal Collections- For effecient collection of bone measurements, SkeVar has osteometric boards and highly-calibrated spreading calipers available. We house a relatively large collection of skeletal remains for teaching, training, and comparative data collection.
Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding
Community Geography is a result of community-driven collaborations among faculty and students that utilize geographical thinking, analytic, and problem-solving skills to research, map, analyze, and provide fresh and insightful perspectives on issues of concern to communities in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.
Contact: Prof. Uli Ingram, Dr. Paul McDaniel, Dr. Jason Rhodes, Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman
Economic Anthropology, edited by Dr. Brandon D. Lundy, is published by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) to make available research that is innovative and interdisciplinary and focused on economic and social life to serve scholars, practitioners, and general audiences. Contributors to the journal represent a wide range of disciplines including cultural anthropology, archaeology, sociology, demography, economics, ecology, geography, and history. In 2017, Economic Anthropology doubled its annual publication list from one to two: a theme-based issue pegged to the annual conference, and a new Open Submission issue representing a wide variety of research engaged with economy and society.
Contact: Dr. Brandon D. Lundy
The Kennesaw State Field Station, managed by the Office of Research, is a 25-acre property located along a tree-lined road parallel to Interstate 75 approximately two miles from the Kennesaw Campus. The mission of the Kennesaw State University Field Station is to provide a living laboratory for researchers, educators, and students, promoting an interdisciplinary learning environment conducive for experiential academic experiences and strategic collaborations within the university community and beyond. The KSU Field Station’s goal is to support safe and sustainable communities through research, education, and civic engagement, while also addressing the instructional and research needs of Kennesaw State University.
Faculty in our department are partnering with the KSU Field Station on a variety of teaching, learning, and research opportunities, including a food forest and sustainability issues (Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman and Dr. Jason Rhodes), the Forensic Anthropology Field Lab (Dr. Alice Gooding) and two Forest Research Inventory Plots (Dr. Nancy Hoalst Pullen).
Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding, Dr. Jason Rhodes, Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
The KSU Food Forest is a 1/3 acre sustainable permaculture plot that mimics a natural forest ecosystem and provides a model of sustainable cultivation. Planted with fruit and nut trees as well as perennial food plants, it facilitates research, training, classes, and community programs on equitable and sustainable urban/suburban food systems. Please visit the KSU Food Forest website for more information. Follow the KSU Food Forest on Instagram (@KSUFoodForest) and YouTube.
Please contact Dr. Jason Rhodes (email@example.com) and Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in research collaboration, professional development opportunities, or volunteer opportunities at the KSU Food Forest.
Forensic Anthropology Field Lab (FAFL)
The Forensic Anthropology Field Lab (FAFL) provides opportunities in research, training and service related to forensic anthropology and associated disciplines. Our field lab includes a variety of open, wooded and underground environments to facilitate cutting-edge research and training in clandestine grave recovery
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Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding
Forest Inventory and Research Plots (FIRPs)
Forest Inventory and Research Plots (FIRPs) are a series of 50m x 50m long term (permanent) plots used to establish the composition and structure of (sub)urban forest stands. FIRPs are located within the KSU Arboretum (established 2008) and the KSU Field Station (established 2020). Plots are surveyed every 2-3 years, with all tree stems identified, measured and mapped. Faculty and students are welcome to work within these plots as members of BIRDS, via a DAR (GEOG 4100 or GIS 4100), or when taking Biogeography.
Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
Geospatial Sciences (GSS) Lab
Our state of the art GSS Lab includes 4 servers and 28 workstations. Each workstation has the following software installed: ArcGIS, ArcView, Erdas Imagine, Office 2007, as well as other software programs used in various GSS classes. In addition to the workstations there are 2 large format color plotters, 2 networked black & white Laser Jet printers, 1 networked color Laser Jet printer and a scanner. Students have access to a 3-D printer for projects and research opportunities. GIS students have 24/7 access to the secured lab.
Contact: Prof. Uli Ingram
Geomorphology LabContact: Dr. Bradley Suther
Georgia Immigration Research Network (GIRN)
Founded in 2015, the Georgia Immigration Research Network (GIRN) brings together faculty and student researchers and practitioners working on and interested in immigration and refugee research and policy as it relates to Georgia and the U.S. South. The overall purpose of GIRN is to bring together those working on and interested in immigration policy as it relates to Georgia and the U.S. South, immigrant and refugee integration in Georgia and the U.S. South, and issues of concern to immigrant and refugee populations in Georgia, as well as the human, social, and/or service needs for immigrant populations.
Contact: Dr. Paul McDaniel
Osteology Field School
Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith regularly leads students in an Osteology Field School experience on the island of Crete in Greece. Dr. Smith has much experience in Greece, having worked for the Institute for the Study of Aegean Prehistory in Pacheia Ammos, Crete since 2007. She has supervised field schools or study abroad programs in Greece since 2006.
Contact: Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith
Skeletal Variation Research Group
The goal of the Skeletal Variation Research Group (SkeVar) is to investigate bone-related questions and provide students and professionals with top-notch training, mentoring, and teaching. SkeVar members develop foundational knowledge in skeletal anatomy and human variation, and build transferable skills in experimental design, curation, and scientific writing.
SkeVar has two main disciplinary foci- static bone biomechanics and forensic anthropology. Students studying medicine, kinesiology, biology, or other clinical research learn to collect biometric data and CT scans from living participants. Students with an inclination towards osteology learn how to collect metric data from skeletal material and perform field research in clandestine grave recovery.
The Skeletal Variation Lab includes a pQCT XCT 3000 scanner and workstation, space and equipment for data collection from skeletons, a digitizer for taking skull measurements, and a workstation for analysis and 3D modeling of bones. Student research out of the lab has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the Georgia Academy of Sciences. Those interested in using the lab's equipment and technologies for their own project or joining one of the research teams should contact Dr. Alice Gooding. The lab is located in the Social Sciences Building, room 3002. We welcome researchers from outside of the department and the university.
Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding
Tree Ring Lab
The Tree Ring Lab (previously known as the Dendrochronology Lab and Tree Core Bank) houses dendrochronology field and laboratory equipment (Velmex, boom microscope and various size borers) as well as a series of tree cores from Georgia, Indiana, Ohio and the Great Smokies. This lab supports investigations into forest dynamics, and environmental and climate histories. Faculty and students are welcome to work within the lab as members of BIRDS, via a DAR (GEOG 4100 or GIS 4100), or when taking Biogeography.
Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
Weather Monitoring Station
Kennesaw State University hosts a weather monitoring station with the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, which was established in 1991 by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Georgia. The objective of the AEMN is to collect reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications. Each station monitors air temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, solar radiation, wind speed, wind direction, soil temperature at 2, 4, and 8 inch depths, atmospheric pressure, and soil moisture every 1 second. Data are summarized at 15 minute intervals and at midnight a daily summary is calculated. A microcomputer at the Georgia Experiment Station initiates telephone calls to each station periodically and downloads the recorded data. The data are processed immediately and disseminated via the world wide web. Live data from the Kennesaw State University station is here.
Students use data to support their forecast in the Weather Challenge Forecasting competition or Directed Applied Research (GEOG 4100 or GIS 4100) related coursework.
Contact: Prof. Erinn Bariteau