Ryan W. Kirk
Information Systems, 1996
GEO131: World Regional Geography (pdf)
GEO170: Our Spatial World (pdf)
ENS250/GEO250: Introduction to GIS (pdf)
GEO2XX: GIS and Gov't Applications (pdf)
GEO270: Topics in GIS (pdf)
ENS340/GEO340: Water Resources Management (pdf)
GEO360: Geography of North America (pdf)
ENS377/GEO377: Environmental History (pdf)
Note on Spring 2014 courses: Here are
the course descriptions since they were not included in the booklet:
GEO 170: Our Spatial World (2 sh)
With the continual advancement of location-tracking smart phones, on-line mapping tools, and navigation systems, it is clear that we are living in an increasingly spatial world. This course will combine the exploration of a variety of spatial technologies -- ranging from GPS to Google Earth to Geographic Information Systems -- with an on-going discussion of how these spatial technologies are changing the way we interact with each other and with the broader world. The course will involve hands-on exercises and readings in order to give you an introductory level understanding of spatial technologies and a deeper understanding of our increasingly connected world. Offered 2nd half of Spring Semesters.
Geographic Information Systems are computer-based
tools that open up new avenues of inquiry in a wide swath of disciplines
spanning from the sciences to the humanities. This course will rotate
through a series of specific applications of GIS including: government
applications, business applications, environmental applications, and other
topics on an ad hoc basis. Each section will include several hands-on
exercises in order to give you a basic understanding of the most widely
used GIS software and an appreciation for how GIS can be used in various
disciplines. Contact the instructor or GIS Program Coordinator to learn
the topics of upcoming offerings. No
prerequisites. Offered 1st half of Spring Semesters.
The Spring 2014 section will focus on GIS and Government
My research interests
fall under the following overlapping categories:
3) Forest ecology in the Elon University Forest. The Elon University Forest is a 56-acre reserve on campus that was established in 2010. A group of 9 faculty members, along with several students, are beginning long term monitoring of this mixed-disturbance, mixed-forest type area that is so characteristic of the patchwork of Piedmont landscapes. Current projects include writing the environmental history of the site, establishing baseline forest vegetation surveys, and developing a water budget in the Elon Forest's watershed.
4) Applications of GIS. GIS is my primary research tool, and I greatly enjoy collaborating on any variety of projects that use GIS or GIS-based cartography. In my time at Elon I have collaborated with a political scientist, multiple historians, a wildlife biologist, an artist, a communications professor, and several environmental studies faculty. Please contact me if you have ideas for collaborations.
I am very interested in
student-faculty collaborative research. If you have interests in
environmental management, water resources, forest ecology, urban and regional planning,
or GIS and
spatial analysis, please let me know. I have ongoing projects in the
Appalachian Mountains, new projects in the Piedmont, and am very open
to discussing other possibilities. There are lots of wonderful
opportunities waiting for motivated students. If you are interested,
please send me an e-mail or stop by my office any day of the week.