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Ryan Kirk

Associate Professor
History and Geography
Elon University
United States of America


I am a skills-based scholar who uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and related empirical methods in both traditional academic research and for applied management of natural resources. The core disciplinary areas in which I have applied these skills include forest management, urban and rural land development policy, water resources management, and wildlife management. I also greatly enjoy collaborations and have worked with faculty and students from Communications, Psychology, Sport and Event Management, Public Health, Environmental Studies, Geography, Economics, Political Science, and History on analysis and cartography.

Research Interest

1) Land use change and environmental legacies of past land use decisions in the Southern Appalachian Mountains 2) Water quality management in the Piedmont Region 3) Forest Ecology of the Elon University Forest 4) Internationalization of U.S.College Soccer 5) Applications of GIS across the disciplines

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