Officers and Committee Members

Melanie Stine, President

President: Melanie Stine is currently in the Ph.D. program in Environmental Geography at Texas State University – San Marcos. As a graduate assistant with the Geography Department, Melanie has recently been an instructor for Geology and Physical Geography labs. Her research interests include biogeomorphology, mountain environments, and disturbance response dynamics. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Sweet Briar College and her M.S. in Geography from Virginia Tech.


Erin Dorothea Dascher, Vice President

Vice President: Erin Dorothea Dascher is currently a graduate student at Texas State University – San Marcos in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability program. She received a B.S. in 2010 from Mercyhurst College, and a post-baccalaureate in Environmental Management from Saint Joseph’s University in 2011. From the fall of 2010 through the summer of 2011 she worked as an intern for the grassroots campaign organizer for Greenpeace’s Philadelphia office. Current research interests include residential water use and conservation, effects of historic weather patterns on current populations, and drought mitigation.


Najeda (Jade) Patolo, Past President

Past President: Najeda (Jade) Patolo, a Master’s of Science student in the Geography Department at Texas State University – San Marcos, is the Founder of the Association for Women in Science, Central Texas Chapter. From 2010 to 2011, Jade served as a leader of the Hays County ClubGEN team in association with GENAustin and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. She is currently co-president of the Graduate Forum with the Geography Department at Texas State University and an intern with the Government Partnerships Program.


Stephen Tsikalas, Treasurer

Treasurer: Stephen Tsikalas‘ educational background and work experience are in geography and secondary education including: grades 7 – 12 and undergraduate instruction. He has a strong passion for teaching, coaching, and working with youth and college students. His advanced academic training in physical geography with a particular focus on the sub-discipline, biogeomorphology. He is currently all but dissertation and is serving as Park Ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at Canyon Lake, Texas, USA.


Catrin Bennett, Program and Publicity Committee Chair

Chair, Program and Publicity Committee: Catrin Bennett, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Geography at Texas State University, is chair of the Program and Publicity Committee. She is co-founder and Vice President of Imagine Lockhart, a grass-roots community involvement organization in Lockhart, Texas. She also monitors river health for the Texas Stream Team, and interns at the Government Partnerships Program.


Yasmin Diallo Turk, Membership Committee Chair

Chair, Membership Committee: Yasmin Diallo Turk is a second year doctoral student of environmental geography at Texas State University. She holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Huston-Tillotson University and a Master’s of Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Ms. Turk has worked in the field of violence against women for over 10 years and is the mother of two children.


Allison Honea, Resources and Technology Committee Chair

Chair, Resources and Technology Committee: Allison Honea is a senior at Texas State University – San Marcos. Her interests include micropaleontology, invertebrate paleontology, climate change, and mass extinctions. She is currently assisting a graduate student at the University of Texas with a project involving isotope analysis of rabbit teeth and soil samples in an effort to determine a link between climate change and the dietary habits of small mammals in the west Texas region. Additionally, she assists with various ongoing projects at the Nonvertebrate Paleontology Lab associated with the Texas Memorial Museum.


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