Dr. Brian Zimmerman
Dr. Baher Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in economic development from SUNY-Buffalo and has been a professor of cultural and economic geography and Middle Eastern studies at Edinboro University since 1989. He has graduate degrees in international relations/Middle Eastern studies, international trade, and comparative economic development. A native of Jerusalem, Dr. Ghosheh has lived in seven countries and traveled to 49 countries, and has taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy, and Morocco. He has authored one book and more than 60 articles on the Middle East, East Asia, and Japan. He was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Malaysia and Singapore and was selected as the Pennsylvania Geographer of the Year in 1999 and Edinboro University's Educator of the Year in 2009 and again in 2010. He has been active in community groups and is currently serving on the Jefferson Educational Society Board of Directors and on the Brock’s Institute Mega-issues Council. He has served as chair of North African/West Asian (NAWA) studies committee at Edinboro University since 2003.
Dr. Wook Lee is an associate professor in geosciences with research interests in transportation geography, urban and regional planning, and geographic information system. Dr. Lee earned his PhD from Ohio State University in 2005 specializing in spatial analysis and modeling. Prior to coming to Ohio State University, Dr. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in geography at Seoul National University in South Korea. Since joining Edinboro University in 2009, Dr. Lee published research articles in Applied Geography, which is one of top international journals in geography and planning.
Dr. Kerry Moyer received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in meteorology from Penn State University. Following his graduate studies, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he collaborated with physical oceanographers on an intensive air-sea field experiment conducted in the North Atlantic. Since joining the Edinboro faculty in 1997, he has developed and taught a number of introductory and upper level meteorology and climatology courses such as exploring weather and climate, atmosphere and space science, meteorology I, meteorology II and climate science. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA). His current research interests lie in the investigation of small-scale (mesoscale) weather systems such as lake-effect snow bands and thunderstorms. Dr. Moyer has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences and published his work in professional journals such as the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Boundary –Layer Meteorology, Monthly Weather Review, and the Journal of Climate. In addition, he remains active in the community by overseeing the campus weather monitoring site and volunteering as a skywarn spotter for the National Weather Service.
Dr. Laurie Parendes joined the EU faculty in 1999 after completing her PhD in geography at Oregon State University. Prior to being a professor, she studied cypress swamps in Florida, served as Women in Development Coordinator for Peace Corps/Nepal, worked for California Department of Fish and Game’s Endangered Plant Program, and edited scientific manuscripts for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.
As a geographer, she is intrigued by the relationship between humans and the environment, and both her teaching and research reflect this interest. She teaches introductory courses on environmental issues and conservation of natural resources, including special sections for honors and First Year Experience students. She also teaches advanced courses on biogeography, geography of water resources, and a seminar in geography (most recently on the timely topic of invasive species).
Her PhD research on invasive plants in Oregon was followed by a study of zebra mussel invasion in Edinboro Lake, which she has been monitoring since 2001 when they were first discovered locally. Pennsylvania SeaGrant provided the initial funding, and many undergraduate students have worked on this project, either as volunteers, independent study students, or part of a class project.
She contributes time and energy in a variety of arenas on campus and in the wider community, including peer reviews of grant proposals, recruitment events for prospective students, honorary captain for women’s athletic events, and workshops for local environmental groups. She belongs to several professional and conservation organizations, including Association of American Geographers and French Creek Valley Conservancy.
Joe Reese joined the Edinboro University geosciences faculty in 2002 after six years at NW Missouri State. Since coming home, he has taught over a dozen different courses. His offerings range across the geology curriculum to first-year courses, honors courses, and field courses co-taught with EU colleague Eric Straffin. Beyond courses related to his expertise in structural geology, tectonics and the geologic history of Laurentia, he created new courses on geologic hazards and Marcellus Shale geology and helped develop the new Energy Resources track. He has served on many committees at department and university levels and is co-chair of the Geosciences Student Learning Objectives Assessment committee.
A long-time National Association of Geoscience Teachers member, he is keenly interested in undergraduate geoscience education and placed-based education and has participated in numerous proceedings devoted to these topics. He routinely presents scholarly works, especially at meetings of the Geological Society of America, describing innovative techniques and alternative strategies in the classroom. Also, he continues to explore the usage of satellite imagery to document large-scale geologic features and processes and Earth system interactions and changes.
His professional career outside of geology has focused on how sense of place and U.S. craft beer iconography intertwine to create strong, vivid expressions of local settings. With Kutztown University colleague Steve Schnell, he co-authored two well-received tomes on the topic, the latest a chapter in “The Geography of Beer”. Personal interests extend to travel to national parks, good food, Americana music, and history of European art.
Dr. Eric Straffin joined Edinboro University in 2000, shortly after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and exploring career opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
He now teaches a wide variety of undergraduate geoscience courses, including introductory classes and upper division courses in Quaternary Geology, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy, Soils, and Shallow Geophysics. Most of his courses have both laboratory and field components and incorporate state of the art technology.
His research interests are focused on landscape responses to human and environmental controls, as recorded by glacial, river and lake systems. He actively incorporates research into undergraduate learning, and commonly works with student researchers to present their work at regional and national venues, such as the Geological Society of America conferences.
Professor Dale Tshudy is a paleontologist who joined the Edinboro University faculty in 1992. His research specialty is crustacean (especially clawed lobster) evolution and taxonomy as interpreted by both morphologic and molecular methods; also taphonomy (preservation), biogeography, paleoecology and extinction.
He has authored/coauthored 24 papers and book chapters. Current (updated 6-23-15) research interests include: 1) describing new fossil lobster species from various locales/strata; 2) morphologic and molecular (DNA-based) analyses of clawed lobster phylogeny (evolutionary relationships); 3) aspects of clawed lobster biogeography.
He works in collaboration with paleontologists and, especially, marine biologists from around the world. Currently collaborating with paleontologists in the United States and Europe and marine biologists in Florida, Taiwan and New Zealand.
He has taught a variety of courses (14) in geology, paleontology and oceanography, including several summer field courses at the Wallops Island (Va.) Marine Science Consortium, and Coral Reef Ecology on the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Outside of academia, he enjoys natural history and the outdoors, especially fishing and gardening, as well as rock ‘n roll guitar.