Education

PhD, The Pennsylvania State UniversityMay 2017

Geography, focus on Historical GIS

Master of Science, The Pennsylvania State UniversityJuly 2014

Geography, focus on Historical GIS

Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Kent State UniversityMay 2012

Majors: Geography, Anthropology

Minor: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Publications

Koby, P. J. Updating the Colonial Cartographic Representation of Barbados: Digital Inquiries of a Sugar Island. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017

Koby, P. J. 2015. The Modern Utility of Ford’s Colonial Map of Barbados, 1674. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries.

Koby, P. J. “Digital Visualization of Colonial Cartography: Patterns of Wealth in the Sugar Colony of Barbados.”➚ Masters thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014.

Koby, P. J. “Spatial analysis of ancient Maya settlement near karst sinkholes at Xuenkal, Yucatán, Mexico.” (OhioLINK➚) Undergraduate Thesis, Kent State University Honors College, 2012.

Presentations

Koby, P. J. “Digital Visualization of Colonial Cartography: Patterns of Wealth in Barbados, 1680”. Presentation at the International Conference of Historical Geographers, London, UK, July, 2015.

Koby, P. J. “‘Sugar of All Sorts…Clayed & Refined’: Historical GIS and the Landscape of Sugar in Colonial Barbados”. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, April, 2013.

Blanford, J., and P. J. Koby. Workshop of SymbolStore➚ project with Dept. of Homeland Security agencies, Washington, DC, January 2013.

Koby, P. J. “Spatial analysis of ancient Maya settlement near karst sinkholes at Xuenkal, Yucatán, Mexico.” Poster presented at the Graduate Student Symposium, Kent State University, Kent, OH, April, 2012.

Munro-Stasiuk, M. J., T. K. Manahan, and P. J. Koby. “The spatial distribution of anthropogenic features around rejolladas (dry sinkholes) at the ancient Maya site of Xuenkal, Yucatán, Mexico.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, February, 2012.

Munro-Stasiuk, M. J., T. K. Manahan, and P. J. Koby. “The spatial organization of the ancient Maya site of Xuenkal in Yucatán, Mexico.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Merida, MX, January, 2012.

Research Grants

Academic Enrichment Fund, PSU Geography Department 2015

PLACE Travel Grant, PSU Geography Department 2015

Undergraduate Research Grant 2011

Beck Scholarship for Undergraduate Research 2011

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, GEOG 160: Mapping Our Changing WorldSpring 2017

The Pennsylvania State University

TA for GEOG 160: Mapping Our Changing WorldFall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

The Pennsylvania State University

TA for GEOG 123: Geography of the Developing WorldSpring 2015

The Pennsylvania State University

TA for GEOG 122: The American SceneFall 2013, Fall 2014

The Pennsylvania State University

TA for GEOG 030 Web: Geography of SustainabilitySpring 2014

The Pennsylvania State University

Research Experience

Grading for GEOG 110Fall 2017

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Grading lab quizzes about weather and climate.

Meteorology Lab DevelopmentFall 2017

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Coding Google Earth files to display hurricane, flood, and reef information for a meteorology lab.

Development of GEOG 006 class for Penn State GeographySummer 2017

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Creating lecture materials and readings for the online textbook for a future class.

Maps of WWII locations for ABMC bookJuly 2015 – September 2015

State College, PA

Creating maps for middle school audiences in reference to the travels of the Akimoto brothers in World War II.

GIS Map of Dutch Corner, Bedford Co., PAOctober 2014 – February 2015

State College, PA

Mapping the boundary and addresses of structures in Dutch Corner for a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places.

Internship with the Centre County Historical SocietyJune 2014 – June 2015

State College, PA

Creating an interactive online map of historical iron furnaces and related infrastructure in Centre County. Focus was placed on four major iron furnaces with remaining or reconstructed buildings.

Literature Review for IST Department, PSUJune 2013 – July 2013

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Researching and developing a literature review about the use of GIS in developing countries for a paper about similar future work by USAID.

Field Experience

Archival and Field ResearchJune 2015

Shrewsbury, UK

Collection of archived documents for dissertation research. Field trips to surrounding regions to understand the locations involved in the study area.

Proyecto Arqueológico XuenkalMay 2011

Xuenkal, Yucatán, Mexico

Collection of data regarding sinkholes, such as soil analysis and GPS mapping of features, as well as various archaeological tasks, such as mapping with a total station, use of GPR to evaluate cultural features, and drawing of structures.

Other Experience

KSU Academic Success CenterFall 2007 – Spring 2012

Kent State University, Kent, OH

Tutoring students in English composition and grammar, and elementary physics and astronomy.

Kent State Anthropology Student Organization

Treasurer Fall 2010 – Spring 2012

Webmaster Fall 2009 – Spring 2012

Secretary Spring 2010

Languages

English

Native Language

German

Advanced Listener, Intermediate Speaker, Intermediate Reading and Writing (B2➚)

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