Assistant Professor of Geography
Office: 211 Martin Hall
Telephone: (256) 782-5811
Fax Number: (256) 782-5336
Chemistry and Geosciences
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265
Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Texas State University--San Marcos (2008)
M.A. in Geography, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2008)
B.A. in Secondary Education, Social Studies, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (2003)
B.A. in Geography, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (2003)
Teaching and Research Interests
I offer courses in Physical Geography, Natural Hazards, Climatology, Meteorology, Geomorphology, Field Methods, and Urban Geography. With interests spanning across the discipline, I practice research in both physical and human geography and apply GIS and Remote Sensing as analytical tools. I began my geographic research in zoogeomorphology, studying the geomorphic processes involved in mud-nest construction by various species of swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, Petrochelidon fulva, and Hirundo rustica). Over the past few years, I have worked with undergraduate students and colleagues on projects, presentations, and papers on the following topics: citizen science water quality monitoring, spatial analysis of southern Appalachian cold-air damming, spatio-temporal variation of Escherichia cholera in freshwater streams, local patterns of food deserts, and allocation and use of public space for skateboarding parks in northeast Alabama.
I currently advise several clubs on campus, including: Geography Club, Secular Student Alliance, and JSU Table Top and Gaming. I co-run the Jacksonville River Monitors, which partakes in monthly citizen science water quality monitoring and bi-yearly training for Alabama Water Watch. Please visit our websites and contact me if you are interested in joining any of these outstanding groups!
I love my job and working with the wonderful students at Jacksonville State University!
Klimasewski, T., N.L. Patolo, and S.G. Tsikalas. 2015. Geographic patterns of Republican and Democratic dominance for the most competitive presidential elections in American history. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 86(1): 62-68.
Tsikalas, S.G. and D.R. Buttler. 2015. Geomorphologic Signatures of Mud-Nesting Swallows in Central Texas. Physical Geography 36(3): 239-253.
Tsikalas, S.G. and C.J. Whitesides. 2013. Worm Geomorphology: Lessons from Darwin Progress in Physical Geography 37(2): 270-281.
Butler, D.R., C.J. Whitesides, and S.G. Tsikalas. 2013. The Faunal Influence – Geomorphic Form and Process. In Treatise of Geomorphology Vol. 12, "Ecogeomorphology" ed. by D.R. Butler and C. Hupp. Elsevier: The Netherlands.
Butler, D.R., C.J. Whitesides, J.M. Wamsley, and S.G. Tsikalas. 2013. The Geomorphic Impacts of Animal Burrowing and Denning. In Treatise of Geomorphology Vol. 12, "Ecogeomorphology" ed. by D.R. Butler and C. Hupp. Elsevier: The Netherlands.
"Figure 1: Geographic pattern of Republican/Democratic dominance and competitiveness in presidential elections between 1988 to 2012 for each state and D.C., based upon Competitive-Dominance Index (CDI)."