Department of Geography and Planning



Dr. Kevin Czajkowski

Dr. C's research interests are diverse and all revolve around geospatial technologies. 

Dr. C uses GIS and remote sensing technologies to assess sources of non-point source pollution in the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie through the Maumee River GIS and the Lake Erie Center. We develop land cover classifications using remote sensing linking that to wetlands in the watershed (Lake Erie Center Sensor Project).

Dr. C uses remote sensing and GIS to investigate the potential health hazards due to the application of biosolids to agricultural fields. 

Dr. C investigates the impact of land cover on surface temperature and the energy budget. He engages K-12 teachers and students through the SATELLITES Program which utilizes surface temperature observations through GLOBE. He also engages in the education programs: ESSEA and LEADERS.

Dr. C's Project Sample

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Projects

USEPA-Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Projects
Grant Number: GL00E00519 
Project: Prevention of surface water contamination from biosolids... Learn More


Dr. David J. Nemeth

Dr. David Nemeth

Dr. Nemeth's current (Fall 2014) research and writing, now in various stages of completion, are:

1) Dr. Nemeth recently published a book chapter titled “Blissful Devolution: Our Rolling Judgment Day” In James Norwine, ed., A World After Climate Change and Culture-shift. Amsterdam: Springer, 2014, pp. 327-350. In this chapter he is writing as a futurist and describing the condition of humankind in the A.D. 2110. His projection assumes that the two major drivers at present effecting change for the next hundred years are a) anthropogenic climate change and b) rapid shifts in cultural values. In a nutshell, the future in a totalitarian utopia. 

2) Dr. Nemeth recently published a co-authored article for Applied Geography (December, 2013:109-118) titled “Alternative Tourism Geographies: Leveraging the Ironic Case of Pennsylvania’s Route 666 for Economic Development.” In this article searching for The Beast is proposed as an alternative tourism strategy designed to revitalize economically-distressed appropriate rural regions. His co-author is Dr. Deborah Che, at Southern Cross University in Australia.  

3) Dr. Nemeth has recently published a co-authored book chapter project in press: “Sweetwater, Mountain Springs, and Great Lakes: A Hydro-geography of Beer Brands.” In Mark Patterson and Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, eds., The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. New York: Springer, 2014: pp. 89-98. The chapter explores the marketing of commercial beers in the American Beer Belt and the significance of the “purity” of the water ingredient in popular local, regional and national brews, now and in the past. His co-authors are Dr. Jay Gatrell and Dr. Charles Yeager, both at Indiana State University. 

Jeju Island Rambling4) Dr. Nemeth has just completed a book-length memorate comprised of 52 chapters describing his Peace Corps Volunteer service on Jeju (Cheju) Island in South Korea during 1973-1974. The title is Jeju Island Rambling: Self-exile in Peace Corps, 1973-1974. Toledo, OH: Open Wide Press (self-published). 

5) Dr. Nemeth is continuing to write a monograph-length manuscript tentatively titled “Dr. Irving Brown in the Land of the Ouled Nail.” This is his elaboration on an unpublished travel-adventure by Irving Henry Brown (1888-1940). His elaboration discusses at length the hypothesis that proto-Romany migrations into the Iberian Peninsula across North Africa occurred prior to and independent of the historic fifteenth-century migrations of Romanies into the Peninsula from the north.
Rood to Poona
6) Dr. Nemeth is continuing work on another book project tentatively titled Road to Poona. The style and content represent his continuing interests in cultural geography as “magical realism.” He is writing the book as “Stevie,” a postmodern amalgam of Voltaire’s Candide and Schrodinger’s Cat. His explorations and adventures include a brief sojourn in Poona, India. He has already designed the book’s dust jacket:

* Visit Dr. Nemeth's Webpage

Dr. Patrick L. Lawrence


Dr. Lawrence’s current research interests include environmental planning with a focus on water resources, watershed planning, the Great Lakes, watershed planning, parks and protected areas, natural hazards, and the use of remote sensing and GIS technologies for land use planning, landscape studies, and community decision-making.

Dr. Lawrence has received research funding support from US EPA, USDA, the National Science Foundation, Ohio EPA, and the Stranahan Foundation. His current projects include restoration of the Ottawa River on the main campus of the University of Toledo, watershed planning in the Maumee Area of Concern, planning for parks and protected areas in the Great Lakes basin, and climate change education for GK12.

Dr. Lawrence also serves as the President of the Board of Director for Partners for Clean Streams Inc. and chair of the Maumee Remedial Action Plan Committee with community focus efforts at addressing issues with rivers and streams in NW Ohio.

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Dr. Neil Reid

Dr.Reid visited China

Dr. Neil Reid is a regional scientist and industrial geographer. 
He has a number of current research projects including the role of social networks in the development of industrial clusters, the role and place of shrinking cities in the new urban world, the success of university spin-off programs, and the geography of microbreweries and brewpubs.

Photo: Dr. Reid visiting the Great Wall of China in 2007



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Last Updated: 6/27/22