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Emariana Widner

Assistant Professor

I joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University in 2009 and teach, or have taught, courses including GIS, Geovisualization, Cities and Urbanization, and a couple courses in Environmental Geography.

My research interests lie in biogeography, urbanization, ecological systems, environmental philosophy, and conservation. Within these broader areas, I have focused on species response to human influenced land use change, and urban ecology.  I am also interested in understanding environmental perceptions, citizen action, and how these elements affect the political process and policy decisions.  I firmly believe that the proliferation of urban systems, concurrent with human population growth, makes cities the new wilderness for species conservation and I am passionate about identifying and creating sustainable solutions for people and wildlife. 

Currently, I am working on projects examining the infiltration of coyote populations into residential areas coincident with population loss and property abandonment in Cleveland and human influences on bat habitat use. In collaboration with Biology faculty and the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Conservation, I am working to create an online geospatial database of longitudinal environmental and biological data for Kent State properties while also creating interdisciplinary hands-on learning opportunities across environmental science courses in biology and geography.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

 Taylor, Emariana S., Chris Blackwood, and Patrick D. Lorch.  2013.  Integrating Geospatial Technology across University Environmental Science Courses. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences.

Taylor, Emariana S. and David R. Butler.  2008.  Visualizing aerial wildlife movements: Internet sources of Doppler radar for the classroom. GeoCarto International, 23:4, 247-258.

Small, Michael F., Emariana S. Taylor, John T. Baccus, Cynthia L. Schaeffer, Thomas R. Simpson, and Jay A. Roberson.  2007.  Nesting home range and movements of an urban white-winged dove population. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119, 3: 467-471.

 Taylor, Emariana S.  2007.  A tale of two roosts: Landscape structure and bat habitat use. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences 30: 407-416.

 Taylor, Emariana S. and David R. Butler.  2007.  Undergraduate geography student perceptions of bats and Austin’s bat colonies. Southwestern Geographer.1: 231-243.

Research Areas
  • Biogeography
  • Urban Ecology
  • Environmental Geography
  • Environmental Philosophy

Association of American Geographers

Bat Conservation International 

Biogeography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers         

The Ecological Society of America

Urban Affairs Association     

Emariana Widner
Department of Geography
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
405 McGilvrey Hall

Spring 2014

M/W 1:50-2:15pm, 3:00-3:30pm; T/Th 12:30-1:45pm, or by appointment.

Phone: 330-672-3226
Spring 2015
  • GEOG 17063 - 003 World Geography
  • GEOG 41195 - 002 St : Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 49070 - 001 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 59070 - 002 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 79070 - 002 Geographic Information Science
Summer 2015
  • GEOG 17063 - 001 World Geography
  • GEOG 49070 - 001 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 59070 - 001 Geographic Information Science
Fall 2015
  • GEOG 17063 - 001 World Geography
  • GEOG 36065 - 001 Cities And Urbanization
  • GEOG 41195 - 001 St : Horror Film And Environmen
  • GEOG 49070 - 001 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 59070 - 001 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 79070 - 001 Geographic Information Science