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Jennifer Burrell

Doctoral Student
I am currently in my third year as a Ph.D. student. My main interests are in the fields of crisis/disaster management and geospatial intelligence. I am most interested in the recovery process from both natural and man-made disasters. I am fascinated how completely different disaster types can yield a similar post-disaster landscape in terms of community strength and rebuilding efforts no matter the spatial or temporal scales. My current research interests stem from a desire to improve disaster response and recovery. I enjoy exploring new methods and geospatial tools to collect data for crisis mitigation and recovery purposes. These include geospatial video cameras, Lidar, and remote sensing.

I am an instructor at Youngstown State University where I primarily teach the weather labs.  I was placed in charge of redesigning the labs as well as moving three sections to entirely online classes.  I have also help to organize the department's Welcome Week event to introduce the department and Geography to incoming students.

I am a facilitator at the University of Phoenix, Cleveland Campus.  I teach the SCI/256 People, Science, and the Environment course; and RES/110 Introduction to Research and Information Utilization course.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Ph.D., Geography (present) Kent State University

Geospatial Intelligence Certificate (2013) Penn State University

M.A., Geography (2011) Kent State University

Thesis: Water Table Variability on the Pitted Karst Plain, Yucatán, Mexico

B.S., Geology (2008) ) Kent State University

Minor: Geography

Minor: Climatology


Exploring the relationship between crime, blight/vacancy, gangs, and economic decline recovery in Youngstown, OH.  I am using a mixed methods approach using crime data, spatial video, and geonarratives.  

I work with the Youngstown Police Department and the FBI Gang Task Force Unit

Other current research is looking into school safety and the role that social media outlets play in building a resilient school community and local community.


Phillips, M. C. K., A. B. Cinderich, J. L. Burrell, J. L. Ruper, R. Will, and S. C. Sheridan, 2012: The Effect of ClimateChange on Natural Disasters: A College Student Perspective. Climatic Change. Under Review

Burrell, J. L. 2011. Water Table Variability on the Pitted Karst Plain, Yucatán, Mexico. Masters Thesis, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA.

D. A. Waugh, R. M. Feldmann, J. L. Burrell, A. L. Hull, K. Hein, and C. E. Schweitzer. 2009. Ontogenetic Variations in Cuticle Morphology in the Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896. Journal of Crustacean Biology 29(2):141-156.


Burrell, J.
(2013) Communicating school emergency plans with the community using resilient communication. 28th Annual Graduate Research Symposium. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Research Areas
  • Earth Science
  • Disasters
  • Crisis Management

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

Geological Society of America (GSA)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE)

National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

Jennifer Burrell
Department of Geography
By appointment