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Dr. Wesler's research interests encompass the late prehistoric and historical archaeology of Eastern
North America, West Africa and the Caribbean, the comparative study of complex societies, and
computer applications to archaeology.
Currently, Dr. Wesler is continuing to analyze 15 years of excavations at the Wickliffe Mounds site
in Ballard County, Kentucky, the 2005-2006 excavations and survey at Columbus-Belmont State Park in
Hickman County, Kentucky and 2008 and 2010 excavations at Hematite, in the Land between the Lakes
Recreation Area. He is collaborating on a book reporting a study of the Taino of the north coast of
Jamaica, and has recently returned to Jamaica to begin an archaeological investigation of the town
Dr. Wesler served as a Project Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust before coming to
Murray State University, as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, while on
leave from MSU in 1985-1986, and as a Fulbright Professor at the University of the West Indies in
Jamaica while on leave from MSU in Spring, 2002. He was Director of the Wickliffe Mounds Research
Center from 1983-2004.
Dr. Wesler is also the Curator for the MSU Archaeological Laboratory and the Corresponding Editor for the Journal of Kentucky Archeaology.
Ms. Benson is the GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist for the Watershed Studies Institute. Her research interests include considerable work associated with the study of reservoirs, especially the USDA/Forest Service "Land Between the Lakes" National Recreation Area and the nearby Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.
Ms. Benson has studied local and regional watersheds, non-point source pollution, the effects of off-highway vehicles (OHV) on watersheds and embayments. She has worked with numerous biologists in migratory bird habitat analysis and mapping as well as the intrusion of invasive species, such as the zebra mussel.
Currently, Ms. Benson is highly involved with local WaterWatch groups, and is an active contributor to the Four Rivers Watershed Watch. Jane is also an adjunct professor for the Department of Geosciences and co-teaches both GSC202 "Introduction to the Mapping Sciences" and GSC522 "Digital Cartography."
Mr. Busby is the Systems Manager/Programmer for the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center. His research interests include the use of technology within teaching, using technology in the pedagogy of geography, the prevalence of geography in higher education, the multidisciplinary use of mapping technologies, the Geography of the Holy Land, the Middle East and Southwest Asia, demographics, and economic geography. He also has a growing interest in the "hacking/making" realm, the re-purposing of technology for other applications, and being an advocate for the use of geography and mapping sciences in all applications.
Mr. Busby administers all MARC hardware and software, manages the GIS/RS teaching labs, MARC research computer systems, and is the MSU Technical Coordinator for MARC and for the Department of Geosciences.
Mr. Busby is also adjunct faculty for the Department of Geosciences. He teaches GSC110 World Geography and GSC305 Introduction to Cartography.
Michael is the Murray State Site License Administrator for the ESRI/CPE Commonwealth of Kentucky statewide license agreement.
Dr. Cetin is a remote sensing specialist, having worked with many different sensors. Dr. Cetin's research has utilized most all forms of multi- and hyperspectral imagery, from handheld photospectrometers, IKONOS, MODIS, to more the common imagery formats of Landsat and Quickbird.
Dr. Cetin's research interests include the use of GIS/RS in precision agriculture, forestry, landscape change as a result of mineral extraction, and the use of GIS/RS in disaster and emergency management.
He has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Forest Ecology and Management, the Journal of Sensors, and is currently an Editorial Board Member of the Open Remote Sensing Journal.
Currently, Dr. Cetin is serving as the National Director, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Mid-South Region.
Ms. Ellis is the Executive Assistant for MARC. All contracts, purchases, grants, and MARC documentation crosses her desk at some point. Ms. Ellis also serves on numerous university and community Boards of Directors, such as the Red Cross and the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority.
Dr. Homsey's research interests include North American archaeology with specialization in hunter-gatherer adaptive systems in the Southeastern United States; the interaction between humans and their environments; prehistoric food processing technologies; cultural resource management and public archaeology. Methodological interests include experimental archaeology, microartifact analysis and geoarchaeological investigation of caves and rockshelters.
Dr. Homsey teaches numerous courses for Geosciences and Archaeology, including GSC/ARC314 "Sediments and Soiils," GSC/ARC390 "Geoarchaeology," and ARC615 "Environmental Archaeology."
Dr. Homsey is also an academic advisor for undergraduate students, a member of the Murray State Academic Council, and Murray State's campus representative to the Geological Society of America (GSA). She is also a member of numerous professional organizations, such as the GSA, the Society for American Archaeology, and the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists.
Dr. Hong's research interests include the estimation of spatio-temporal distributions of evapotranspiration and soil moisture over heterogeneous landscapes using remote sensing data; the Up- and Down-scaling of remote sensing estimated map from satellite imagery, and the investigation of the spatial variability of rootzone soil moisture across scales.
Dr. Hong teaches GSC202 "Introduction to the Mapping Sciences" as well as GSC560 "Hydrogeology."
Dr. Hong has been a reviewer for the Korean Society of Remote Sensing and the Journal of Hydrology.
Dr. Kipphut's research interests include physical and chemical limnology; reservoir ecology; arctic limnology. Dr. Kipphut's reservior research at Murray State has been a cornerstone of the Watershed Studies Institute.
In addition to being Chair, Department of Geosciences, Dr. Kipphut also teaches a number of courses at Murray State, including GSC665 "Physical/Chemical Limnology," BIO589 "Reservior Ecology," and GSC450 "Topics in Biogeochemistry."
Dr. Ortmann's research interests include North American archaeology with specialization in the prehistory of the southeastern United States. His topical interests include hunter-gatherer adaptive systems; development of social complexity; the interaction of humans with their environments; and the production and maintenance of cultural landscapes.
Additionally, Dr. Ortmann's analytical interests include geoarchaeological investigation of earthworks and cultural landscapes, and lithic and ceramic technologies. His particular research landscape is the Poverty Point area of northern Louisiana.
In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Ortmann teaches ANT140 "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology," ANT329 "North American Indians," and ANT330 "North American Archaeology."
Dr. Ortmann is a member of the Society for American Archaeology and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.
Dr. Whiteman is an ex officio MARC Associate as he is also the Director of the Murray State University Watershed Studies Institute.
Dr. Whiteman's research interests is currently focused upon conservation biology and evolutionary ecology. Most of his research work is project-driven and conservation-oriented, examining environmental toxins, maintaining and restoring biodiversity, examination of population growth, and the impacts of invasive species.
In addition to managing WSI and conducting his own research, Dr. Whiteman also teaches BIO103 "Saving Planet Earth," BIO112 "Field Biology," BIO630 "Animal Ecology."
Dr. Whiteman maintains his own support web site for communicating his research. Please consult the Whiteman Lab site for more information.
Dr. Yorke is the newest MARC associate. His research interests include the community, social, geophysical, and evacuation vulnerability assessment using GIS and remote sensing techniques, environmental analysis using GIS, remote sensing, statistics, and other computer models, and the use of remote sensing and GIS applications in urban environments and agricultural land uses. Dr. Yorke is also interested the growing use of mapping social media and online mapping technologies.
Dr. Yorke brings his GIS background into teaching GSC110 "World Geography" and GSC622 "Digital Cartography."
Dr. Yorke is a member of the Association of American Geographers.
Dr. Zhang's research interests include the use of remote sensing and GIS applications in the analysis of urban environments, information extraction from remotely sensed data, digital change detection and environmental monitoring, landscape ecology, and the use of technology in Geoscience education.
In addition to Dr. Zhang's research interests, she also teaches GSC301 "Understanding Scientific Communication," GSC507/607 "Land Use Planning," GSC512/612 "Remote Sensing," and GSC680 "Advanced GIS."
Dr. Zhang received the Murray State University "Emerging Scholar Award" in 2008 and was awarded the "Service Learning Mentor of the Year" for 2011. Dr. Zhang has been a reviewer for several journals, including the International Journal of Remote Sensing, the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, and the IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing. She is also a member of the Association of American Geographers, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the Kentucky Academy of Sciences.
A new faculty person, specializing in watershed environments, will be arriving Spring 2014.
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