Concord University Geography Students Excel At Conference Competitions

For Immediate Release: 
Dec 04 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University students enjoyed stellar victories at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers held in Pensacola, Fla. Nov. 21-23, 2015.

Students Elisa Sperandio and Katie Testerman swept the undergraduate poster competition in physical and human geography.  Student Robert Jessee, as the high scorer in the world bowl competition, earned a trip to San Francisco for the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

The student poster competition involved undergraduate students from 10 states. It was judged by faculty from the region, who remained anonymous by mixing with interested members of the audience as they viewed the posters on display, asked questions, and heard presenter responses.

Sperandio, working under the guidance of Dr. Shimantini Shome, presented on migration into Germany from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.  Her work is titled “Life through the Eyes of the ‘Invader’: A Case Study of Immigration in the Düsseldorf-Essen Area.” She conducted research with refugees in Germany over the summer.

Testerman worked under the guidance of Dr. Tom Saladyga.  Her poster was titled “Fire History and Avian Species Composition in a Ridgetop Dwarf-Tree Forest.”  She conducted fieldwork on Spring Mountain in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in May 2015 where she surveyed bird species in a globally rare ridge top dwarf-tree forest landscape.

Also presenting at the conference were Logan Knight and Nick Edwards.

Five Photos Attached Below

Elisa Sperandio

Katie Testerman

Logan Knight

Nick Edwards

Robert Jessee



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