December 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Geography Alum is Planner for Columbus Transportation Unit

“The skills Ohio University’s Geography Department offered me have been pertinent and useful in my career,” says Eliza (Clarke) Thrush ’09 (M.A. Geography).

Eliza Thrush

Eliza Thrush

“As a student, I focused on the regulatory process for wetlands, but also was very interested in city/environment interaction and land use planning. After completing a master’s degree in Geography in 2009, I was hired as an environmental consultant to do primarily stream and wetland assessments. While working as a consultant, I also began doing NEPA transportation planning work for roadway projects.

“In 2013, I moved to the City of Columbus to work in land use planning, where I handled zoning and council variance applications. In 2015, I transferred to Columbus’ Public Service Department to return to transportation planning, where I now work on traffic calming projects, transportation planning policy, and public involvement initiatives. The critical thinking framework learned and used in the Geography program has been a great background for my work today.”

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