PhD student Kent Pugh recently presented at Rural Sociology Society Annual Meetings

James “Kent” Pugh presented preliminary results from his dissertation research entitled “Coal Tattoo: An Aerial Interpolation Model of Surface and Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Mortality in Appalachia, 1990-2010” at the Rural Sociology Society Annual Meetings in Columbus, Ohio on July 29th, 2017. His research focuses on using Geographic Information Systems techniques to investigate the relationship between mountaintop removal coal mining and mortality in the Appalachian region during 1990-2010 period. Kent is a doctoral candidate with an expected dissertation completion by May 2018.