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Pariwate Varnakovida

PhD 2010

Alumni_VarnakovidaMajor Advisor: Joe Messina

Thesis Topic: The development of a dynamic spatial simulation model to characterize and predict human-environment interactions and landscape level changes in Nang Rong Town, Thailand.

Currently, I am a tenure track assistant professor in GI Science at the Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Michigan. I instruct courses in levels ranging from introductory to advanced GIS. I developed my classes with clear understanding of the importance of developing skills in analysis and critical thinking problem solving, preparing students for careers and graduate schools, and providing hands-on experience with modern instruments. I have been fortunate to have participated in wide range of research projects. I am a co-PI on the project called “Biological Status of the St. Marys River and Hydrologic Options for Restoration” funded by International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS 2010). The project involves cooperative research with Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources and Lake Superior State University’s Department of Biological Sciences. This spring 2011, I worked closely with Dr. Joseph Messina, Dr. Ashton Shortridge, Dr. Igor Vojnovic, and Dr. Qi from Michigan State University on a paper for a special issue in the Journal of Environmental Research Letters. My paper is entitled “Mixed Land Use and Sustainable Urbanization in Nang Rong, Thailand.” I also worked with Dr. Vojnovic on obesity and accessibility in Detroit. The Biology department and I recently received a fully funded grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds for a project of entitled “Linkages between Tributaries and Whitefish Bay and Their Significance for Lake Whitefish Management.” This grant becomes active this fall, and I will have one intern working on a GIS project.