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Farewell to our 2014 Graduates

The Department of Geography and Anthropology would like to congratulate all of its 2014 graduates, and wish them the best of luck as they seek success in all facets of their very bright and long futures.

May 2014 Louisiana State University Department of Geography and Anthropology Graduates:

Master’s Students:

HochsteinLucy Ann Edwards Hochstein, a native of Bremerton, Washington, is the proud daughter of a criminal justice professor and a mathematician. Under the guidance of her advisor, Dr. Ginesse Listi, Lucy completed her Master of Arts in Anthropology with the entitled thesis, “The Frontal Bone as a Proxy for Sex Estimation in Humans: A Geometric Morphometric Analysis.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at George Mason University in 2009. While working at a variety of jobs, she refocused her goals and began to pursue forensic anthropology coursework at Radford University and later a master’s degree at LSU. Lucy regularly utilizes the skills she learned while a graduate assistant at the FACES Lab at her current position as a forensic autopsy technician in Virginia.

Moats Heather Moats received her Master of Arts in Anthropology under the advisement of the wonderful Dr. Kathe Managan. Her thesis was titled “Can You Hear the People Sing: Community Theater, Play, and the Middle Class”. Before coming to LSU, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Florida State University, graduating Cum Laude, and moved to Chicago shortly after in order to participate in the Windy City’s lively theater community. She plans on applying to PhD. programs this fall and in the meantime is enjoying taking her dog to the park, eating beignets, and dreaming about a trip to Nepal.




me9 (2)Rebekah Jones received her Master of Science in Geography at LSU under the advisement of Dr. Robert Rohli. Her thesis was titled “Quantifying the impact of hurricanes, thunderstorms, and mid-latitude cyclones on the Mississippi-Alabama barrier islands using remotely sensed data.” Before attending LSU, Rebekah graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with majors in geography and journalism, where she held multiple jobs at newspapers, as well as internships with non-profit and community environmental research groups. During her two years at LSU, she worked for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (a NOAA RISA program) and the Southern Regional Climate Center as a climate researcher and outreach/communication specialist. Rebekah also worked for the Department of Geography and Anthropology as a writer, editor and designer for the department website and various publications. She won multiple honors while at LSU, including First Place in the graduate poster competition at the Southwestern chapter of the Association of American Geographers annual conference, Second Place at the LSU Three Minute Thesis competition, and First Place in the Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest hosted by the PaleoEnvironmental Change specialty group at the AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa. Rebekah also won multiple grants from the university for her research, including the department West-Russell field research grant. Rebekah was appointed as a student representative to the LSU Transition Advisory Committee by the Dean, and played quidditch for the university team during her first year. She recently accepted a position as a coastal resources scientist at the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. Jones has also been accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina, where she will begin coursework in Fall 2015 working with Dr. Susan Cutter. She published her first paper before graduating in the Journal of Coastal Research.

Audrey MaassAudrey Maass received her Master of Science in Geography at LSU under the advisement of Dr. Craig Colten. Her thesis was titled “Adapting Resilience: The Oil Industry and Oysters in Coastal Louisiana.” Before attending LSU, Audrey graduated from Hood College with majors in history and archaeology. During her two years at LSU, she worked for the Dr. Colten as a research assistant on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences GC-Harms project. Maass has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Louisiana State University, where she will begin coursework in Fall 2014 working with Dr. Colten.

Doctoral Students:

Emily PowellEmily Powell received her Doctor of Philosophy in Geography with a minor in Disaster Science Management at LSU under the advisement of Dr. Barry Keim. Her dissertation was titled “Climate Extremes in the Southeastern United States: Observed Variability, Spatial Classification, and Related Planning.” Emily came to LSU in the Fall of 2010. During her first two years at LSU, Emily worked as a Research Assistant in the Disaster Science and Management Lab where she participated in a study to assess the socioeconomic impacts of changing flood risks and flood insurance rate maps for coastal Louisiana parishes under the direction of Dr. Melanie Gall. Following this role, she completed a summer internship at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, DC, where she worked with the Public Affairs staff to report on relevant legislation through weekly newsletters for member institutions, building website content, and investigating evolving legislation. Upon returning to LSU, Emily began working at LSU’s Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS) as a Research Fellow on the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program (LRAP). Through the LRAP, she has worked with communities across the state to assist them in their resilience planning efforts. Currently, she is working to expand this program to help communities address local impacts from environmental hazards, natural disasters, and climate change.