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Lawrence M. Kiage

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director    
Education

Ph.D. Geography, Louisiana State University, 2007
M.A. Geography, Kenyatta University, Kenya, 1998
B.Ed., Kenyatta University, Kenya, 1995

Specializations

Topical: Biogeography, Remote Sensing, Quaternary Paleoecology, Palynology, Global Environmental Change, Paleoclimatology, Paleotempestology, Geographic Information Systems.

Regional: Africa (especially East Africa), the American South, the US Gulf and Atlantic Seaboards.

Biography

Over the past couple of years Dr. Larry Kiage’s research has focused on studying the history of climate change, vegetational changes and human impacts on East African environments, during the late Holocene through the examination of multi-proxy records of fossil pollen, diatoms, phytoliths, fungal spores, and microscopic charcoal in lake-sediment cores. In addition to paleoenvironmental research he also studies recent environmental changes, especially land use and land cover changes using remote sensing techniques.

Dr Kiage employs the use of remote sensing techniques to study environmental impacts due natural and anthropogenic forces. He has used remote sensing tools to study hurricane impacts on the environment in Louisiana and Alabama along the Gulf of Mexico. He has also used remote sensing techniques to study eutriphication problems in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Recently Dr. Kiage has been actively involved in the new and exciting science of paleotempestology, which employs geological proxy techniques, including overwash sand layers, diatoms, foraminifera, pollen, and phytoliths collected from coastal lakes and marshes to study past hurricane activities. He is presently studying the spatial and temporal variations in hurricane activity in coastal Georgia at interannual to millennial timescales and their relationship to global and regional climate changes.

Memberships: Association of American Geographers (AAG), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America (GSA).

Publications

Kiage, L. M., Deocampo, D, McCloskey, T., Bianchette, T., and Hursey, M. 2011. A 1900 yr Paleohurricane Record from Wassaw Island, Georgia, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science 26, 714-722.

Kiage, L. M. and Obuoyo, J. A. 2011. The Potential Link Between El Nino and Water Hyacinth Blooms in Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria, East Africa: Evidence from Satellite Imagery. Water Resources Management 25(14), 3931-3945.

Kiage, L. M., and Liu, K-b. 2009. Palynological evidence of vegetation change and land degradation in the Lake Baringo area, Kenya, East Africa during the Late Holocene” Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 279, 60–72.

Kiage, L. M., and Liu K-b. 2009. Vegetational Change and Land degradation in the Lake Baringo Basin, Kenya: Evidence from the Paleorecord. The Professional Geographer 61 (4), 1-21.

Bianchette, T.A., Liu K.-B., Lam N.S.-N., and Kiage, L.M. 2009. Ecological Impacts of Hurricane Ivan on the Gulf Coast of Alabama: A Remote Sensing Study. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56: 1622-1626.

Kiage, L. M., and Walker, N. D. 2009. Using NDVI from MODIS to Monitor Duckweed Bloom in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuala” Water Resource Management 23: 1125-1135.

Kiage, L. M., Liu, K-b., Walker, N. D., Lam, N., and Huh, O. K. 2007 “Recent land-cover/use change associated with land degradation in the Lake Baringo catchment, Kenya, East Africa: evidence from Landsat TM and ETM+” International Journal of Remote Sensing 28(19), 4285 – 4309.

Kiage, L. M., and Liu, K-b. 2006 “Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental changes in East Africa: A review of multi-proxy evidence from palynology, lake sediments, and associated records,” Progress in Physical Geography 30 (5), 633-658.

Kiage, L. M., Walker, N., Balasubramanian, S., Babin, A., and Barras, J. 2005 “Applications of Radarsat-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to assess hurricane related flooding of Coastal Louisiana” International