For general questions related to the Department of Geology & Geography at Ohio Wesleyan, please contact the Department Chair: Barton S. Martin
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Nathan Amador is originally from Southern California. He attended Ohio State for his bachelors and masters degrees, and completed his PhD at Penn State in the summer of 2014. His research interests include climatology, remote sensing, and glaciology. More specifically, he observes relationships between melt patterns on the west coast of the Greenland Ice Sheet and atmospheric circulation. Dr. Amador teaches physical and environmental geography at Ohio Wesleyan.
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Nicholas Crane is a human geographer who works at the intersections of political, urban, and cultural geography, as well as in the interdisciplinary fields of memory studies, youth studies, and social movement studies. Crane’s regional focus is the Americas. His recent publications and works in progress examine a variety of themes, including the social reproduction of the state through anti-state activism; political and cultural geographies of memory; political identity formation among young racial justice organizers in the United States; and research design in human geography. Dr. Crane teaches the department’s courses in cultural, urban, economic, and Latin American geography.
Karen H. Fryer
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Fryer is a structural geologist with research interests focused on field study of the interrelationships between material deformation and metamorphic reactions, and uses analytical techniques of electron microscopy and microprobe analysis. She has undertaken field research in northern Scotland, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, western Arizona, and currently is researching the Ashe Metamorphic Suite in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with funding from the NC Geological Survey. She has received two National Science Foundation grants in support of equipment for teaching and research, and incorporates research into regular classes. Dr. Fryer teaches courses in physical and environmental geology, structural geology, geological techniques (field, lab, technical writing), petrography, and tectonics.
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Dr. Fusch is a specialist in urban geography, urban planning, regional development and cultural geography. He has conducted research in urban development in East Africa, Western Europe, Latin America, East Asia, and the United States. He has published research on the relationship between American architectural traditions and city growth and change, urban design in Italian cities, and is a consultant to the United Nations on housing problems in Third World countries. Dr. Fusch teaches courses in cultural, urban, and economic geography and is director of the interdisciplinary urban studies program.
David H. Hickcox (Emeritus)
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Dr. Hickcox’s research specialty is water and energy resources and he has published articles in scholarly journals on coal mining and water allocation. Dr. Hickcox also actively researches and publishes articles dealing with climatology and meteorology. His annual article on the nation’s temperature extremes receives widespread attention in the national media. Dr. Hickcox is also actively involved in solving local solid waste issues and serves on a regional solid waste authority. Dr. Hickcox teaches courses in physical geography, weather and climate, environmental alteration, cartography, and energy resources, and is coordinator of the University’s environmental studies program.
John B. Krygier
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Krygier is a geographer with teaching and research specializations in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental and human geography. He is also the Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan. Krygier has extensive experience developing and using multimedia, world wide web resources and exercises for teaching. His book Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS was published in 2005 with a new edition to be published in 2010. He blogs at makingmaps.net. Dr. Krygier’s research interests include cartography and map design for GIS, critical cartography & GIS, mapping in the arts and humanities, Participatory GIS, multimedia and hypermedia mapping, the history of mapping, environmental studies and environmental history. More information about Dr. Krygier’s courses and research can be found on his Ohio Wesleyan Web Pages.
Keith O. Mann
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Dr. Mann is a paleontologist and teaches history of the Earth, paleontology, sedimentation and stratigraphy, and hydrogeology. He has determined the physiological, environmental, and mineralogical controls of skeletal chemistry in Nautilus from the southwest Pacific; collected early (800,000,000 years old) microorganism fossils and investigated terrace scarp deflation in Greenland; examined groundwater pollution caused by agricultural chemicals in Iowa; and measured the effects of deforestation on coral reefs in Panama. Currently, he is conducting research on a new fossil species found in 460,000,000-year-old sediments in Canada. He has published articles in professional journals as well as chapters in scientific books, and recently he edited a book on graphic correlation. Dr. Mann has helped organize professional scientific meetings including a national symposium and an international research conference.
Barton S. Martin
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Dr. Martin’s specialties are in igneous petrology and geochemistry with an emphasis on the evolution of large volcanic provinces. His research interests focus on the geochemical and volcanological evolution of voluminous lava flows in the Columbia River flood basalt province of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as the effects of large-scale volcanism on the Earth’s environment. He has participated in international field conferences on large igneous provinces and has published on the geochemistry of the 1300 km3 Roza flows of the Columbia River basalts. Dr. Martin is also interested in the origin of minerals found in unusual rocks from the Earth’s mantle in the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina. He teaches courses in physical and environmental geology, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, ore deposits/economic geology, and volcanology.