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Geospatial Science

Senior Theses

Every Carthage student is required to submit a senior thesis or capstone project to demonstrate their mastery of their chosen area of study. Here is a look at the projects Carthage geospatial science majors have created for this requirement.


  • Calvin Callahan: Quantifying Forest Fragmentation and Total Forest in Hoosier, Wayne and Chequamegon National Forests from 1992 to 2006
  • Alexandria Caputa: Crimes in Kenosha: What are the Trends?
  • Jennifer Dorman: The Growth in Access to Local Produce in Urban Populations in Southeast Wisconsin
  • Jennifer May: Ridge and Swale Topography of Chiwaukee Prairie and How it Determines Soil Characteristics
  • Andrew Miller: Soil Analysis of Sloped Farmland In Western Illinois
  • Kevin Steltzriede: Mowing Reduction and Prairie Conversion in Crystal Lake Parks


  • Daryn Basile: The Impact of Kilauea Volcano on Nearby Populations
  • Robert Grandchamp: Classification of Shoreline Erosion and Protection of Kenosha County 1960-2011
  • Mike Olejniczak: Brownfields and Their Effect on Business and Unemployment in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Caitlin Zant: Tracing the Geographic Distribution of the Gaelic Language in Ireland, 1821-1926
  • Kathleen Brandstatt: Determining the effects the combined growth Alliaria petiolata and Rhamnus cathartica have on soil composition
  • Adam Grant Glover: The Effects of Climate Gradients on the life cycle of the Galerucella spp
  • Kristopher Kordek: The Affect of Population on River Discharge: Assessing the Use of Population Density as a Technique for Estimating Percent Impervious Cover- A case study of the Des Plaines River Watershed 1940-2010
  • Morgan L. Wiechmann: The effect fire frequency has on the passive carbon pool
  • Amy Wille: Assessing the Soil Composition and Quality in Virgin and Restored Tallgrass Illinois Prairie


  • William Quade: Ecophysiological Response of Native and Invasive Grasses with Warming
  • Marie Pichler: Anthropogenic Effects on Invasive Species in Six Lakes in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
  • Charles Hoover: Effects of Rock Climbing on Vegetation and Invasive Species at Devils Lake, Wisconsin
  • Zawadi Mageni: The Relationship between House Structure and Malaria Transmission in Rural Villages of Kilombero Valley, Tanzania
  • Dylan Mejias: Effects of Off-Highway Vehicles on Soil Environments
  • Alex Matzinger: Bat Activity in Relation to Landscape Composition and Spatial Configuration in Wisconsin
  • Mike Augle: The effects that humans have on the lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) of the Great Lakes
  • Jenny Nicklaus: Astronomical Applications of Remote Sensing: A Search for Diffuse Interstellar Band Absorption Features
  • Charles Follett: Increasing Remotely Sensed Snow Cover through Composite AMSR-E/MODIS Product
  • Allie Coleman: Effects of Temperature on Frequency, Intensity and Average Snowfall Amounts from Blizzards within Southeastern Wisconsin Between 1980-2010
  • Nicholas Colona: Effects of Above Average Temperatures on Tornado Intensity and Frequency in central United States
  • Amy Binstein: Central America’s Access to Clean Water and the Effects on the Child Mortality Rate
  • Dan Cooke: How Urbanization and an Increase in Population Density has Affected Watersheds and Discharge Rates of Rivers and Streams across the Chicago Area
  • Mei Yan Yuen: Childhood Obesity in the Greater Chicagoland Area: A Geographical and Social Analysis
  • Jason Taylor: Economic effects caused by the departure of Chrysler from Kenosha, Wisconsin, and General Motors from Flint, Michigan, and Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Amy Oestreich: Fair Choice Housing in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Tyler Nelsen: Optimization of School Bus Routes for Crystal Lake South High School Utilizing ARCLogistics
  • Sarah Geise: Quantifying Urbanization and Fragmentation of Agricultural and Forested Lands in Kenosha County 1988-2008
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