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Matthew Vaughan
Matthew Vaughan
(502) 377 0801
Eller O&M 706B

810 Eller O&M Building

3147 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-3147


M.S. Geography, Texas A&M University, Expected 2017

B.A. Geography, Virginia Tech, 2014


Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Graduate Merit Fellowship Awardee, August 2015 – May 2016

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient ($5,000), August 2014

National Society of Collegiate Scholars Merit Award Recipient ($1,000), June 2014

Phi Beta Kappa, inducted May 2014

Honors Program at Virginia Tech, Graduated with Commonwealth Scholar Honors Diploma, May 2014

Eagle Scout, December 2011

National Geographic Geography Bee Winner, for Kentucky, March 2008

Matthew Vaughan

M.S. Student

Research Interests

My graduate research interests include biogeography, vegetation dynamics, and fire ecology. Specifically, my thesis research is concerned with the spatial distribution of American chestnut sprouts in relation to topography, forest composition, and fire disturbance. The objective of my thesis research is to use extensive fieldwork and GIS analysis to identify the most suitable locations and prescribed fire regime for reintroducing chestnut hybrids as part of the broader goal and ongoing process of landscape-scale American chestnut restoration.

Additional Information

Paper Presentations

Vaughan, M., Bhuta, A., and Evans, A. (2016). Mapping Carolina Hemlock Using a Predictive GIS-based Model. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 29-April 2

Poster Presentations

Vaughan, M., Rouzer, S., and Winling, L. (2014). Mapping Congress. Office of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Symposium, Blacksburg, VA, April 4 and Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research Conference, Blacksburg, VA, April 18

Vaughan, M. and Bhuta, A. (2014). Mapping Carolina Hemlock. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 8-12

Vaughan, M. and Bhuta, A. (2013). Impacts of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on Carolina Hemlock Communities in Southwestern Virginia. Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Roanoke, VA, November 24-26

Advisor: Dr. Charles Lafon

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