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Rachel Will

Masters student

I graduated from Kent State University in May, 2012 with a bachelor's degree in geography and a minor in Art History. I began my master's degree in the fall of 2012 at Kent State University. 

My current research interests include how societies can more efficiently and sustainably manage local and global water resources. Additionally, I am interested in the varying effects of climate change on agricultural productivity and sustainability in different biomes across the globe, and how different societies and cultural groups can adapt their agricultural methods to ensure sustainable food security into the future. Specifically, I am interested in agricultural adaptations to changes in annual precipitation rates and changes to local climates and growing seasons. My third topic of interest includes the many societal impacts of an ENSO event on affected regions both during and after an event, including fish catchment, food productivity, water resources, housing crisis, and disease outbreak.

In researching these topics, I am very interested in how small cultural or indigenous groups have historically managed or mitigated these issues. I believe studying local knowledge can lead to new and creative ideas as to how to more effectively and sustainably manage or mitigate these effects on a larger scale. 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

"Produced Water Scarcity in Lima, Peru: Prioritization of Green Space over Barriada Neighborhoods" Presenter. Graduate Student Symposium, Kent State University, April 2013.

"Control of Water and Indigenous Societies: Setting Management Priorities in the Face of Cultural Conflict" Panelist. AAG Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, April 2013.

"Examining Peru's Water Crisis: Understanding the Importance of Local Knowledge in Mitigating Issues of Water Scarcity" Water Resources and Sustainable Development Session III. Presenter. AAG Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, April 2013.

"Water Inequality in Peru as a Result of Inefficient Water Management" Environmental Justice. Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference Annual Meeting, University of Kentucky, February 2013.

"Developing Sustainable Water Management in Peru: Incorporating Traditional Methods into National Water Management Reform"  Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Shippensburg University, November 2012.

The Effect of Climate Change on Natural Disasters: A College Student Perspective. Poster Presentation. Graduate Student Senate Annual Symposium, April 2012

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

Research Areas
  • Water Management
  • Water/Agricultural Security
  • Cultural/Political Ecology
  • Local Knowledge

Association of American Geographers 2011-

Gamma Theta Upsilon (International Geographic Honor Society)  2010-

Phi Beta Kappa (Academic Honor Society) 2010-

National Society of Collegiate Scholars 2010-

National Society of Leadership and Success 2010-

Rachel Will
Department of Geography
By Appointment