Previous Research

“An Examination of Mobile Homes in Rural Pennsylvania”
Research Assistant
Funded through the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, PI: Brent Yarnal
Conducted an inventory of mobile homes in rural Pennsylvania using county tax assessment data. Performed statistical and spatial analyses using SPSS statistical software, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel and ESRI ArcMap to determine structure age, condition, quality, and presence in floodplains. Constructed and administered a mail survey of mobile home residents, analyzed survey data to determine resident housing satisfaction and hazard perception, and wrote the final report for policymakers and project funders (The Center for Rural Pennsylvania), detailing research findings and policy recommendations.

Publications:
• Aman, D.D., P.D. Howe, and B. Yarnal (in progress). The Myth of the Mobile Home: Exposure of mobile homes to flooding in rural Pennsylvania. Planned for: The Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
• Aman, D.D. and B. Yarnal (2010). Home Sweet Mobile Home? Benefits and challenges of mobile home ownership in rural Pennsylvania. Journal of Applied Geography 30: 84-95

Media Coverage:
Link to Penn State Live story about this research
Link to WPSU radio story about this research

Photo of a Pennsylvania mobile home park in a floodplain

This research found that many mobile home parks in rural Pennsylvania are located in floodplains – an artifact of their status as “mobile” homes.

“Community and Space in the Department of Geography, Penn State University”
Co-Investigator
Designed and implemented a participatory research project studying the perception of community on the part of graduate students and faculty in the Department of Geography. Facilitated participatory mapping exercises and focus group discussion.

The Center for Integrated Regional Assessment (CIRA), Penn State University
Research Assistant
Funded through the National Science Foundation, PI: Brent Yarnal
Compiled available literature on organizational behavioral interventions for greenhouse gas mitigation. Arranged meetings with Penn State Office of Physical Plant representatives to begin building a behavioral intervention plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Penn State residence halls.

“Rebuilding After Katrina Using Local Resources”
Collaborative Researcher
Funded through the Oak Hill Foundation, PI: Michael Rios
Served as a graduate student advisor for a group of undergraduate Landscape Architecture students studying the post-Katrina planning and rebuilding efforts of Biloxi, MS. Accompanied the student group on a trip to Biloxi. Conducted interviews with community leaders, government staff, and elected officials. Contributed to a community exhibit of preliminary results. Students’ final project resulted in the production of “A Citizen’s Guide to East Biloxi”, a design booklet distributed to local residents and community managers to assist them in making informed decisions on the future of East Biloxi, a low-lying area of Mississippi completely destroyed by the hurricane.

Penn State students display the results of their research at a community exhibit

At a community exhibit, Penn State students displayed the results of their preliminary research and solicited public feedback.