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Jeremy Spencer

Doctoral Student

Associate of Arts, South Suburban College, 2005

Bachelor of Arts, Geography, Carthage College, 2007 (Summa Cum Laude)

Master of Science, Geography, Northern Illinois University, 2009


I am currently a second-year doctoral student whose activities encompass both research and teaching.  In the past I have taught introductory-level Meteorology lab sections, and while at Kent State I have taught Geography of the U.S. and Canada and Fundamentals of Meteorology.  My research interests are atmospheric hazards, applied climatology, synoptic climatology, biometeorology, and data quality issues for natural hazard loss databases.  My current research includes studying the role of weather in hypothermia-related emergency room admissions in New York state, and the relationship between weather and traffic accidents in Oklahoma.   

Advisor: Dr. Scott Sheridan

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Jeremy Spencer, 2010: Hypothermia Fatalities in Cook County, Illinois, 1979-2004: A Synoptic Climatological Analysis.  International Journal of Biometeorology (In Review).

Spencer, Jeremy, and Ashley, Walker, 2010: Avalanche Fatalities in the Western United States: A Comparison of Three Databases.  Natural Hazards (Accepted for Publication). 

Master's Thesis:

Winter Weather-related Fatalities in the Conterminous United States: An Analysis of Three Databases.  Northern Illinois University (2009). 

Bachelor's Thesis:

The Impacts of El-Nino Southern Oscillation on Tornado Variability in the United States, 1979-2006.  Carthage College (2007). 

Professional Presentations:

American Association of Geographers Meeting, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division; Lawrence, Kansas, October, 2010: Cook County, IL, USA Hypothermia Fatalities, 1979-2004: A Synoptic Climatology.  

106th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers; Washington, D.C., April, 2010: Avalanche Fatalities in the Western United States: An Analysis of Three Databases.  

The Illinois GIS Association Annual Meeting; Champaign, Illinois, April, 2009:  Winter Weather Fatalities in Conterminous United States from 1993 to 2007: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis.  Poster Presentation. 



American Association of Geographers

International Society of Biometeorology

Phi Theta Kappa (International Honor Society for the Two-Year College Student)

Jeremy Spencer
Department of Geography


Monday to Thursday, 2 to 3 PM; or by appointment