Dr. Dawn M. Drake, Associate Professor

(816) 271-4379 | ddrake4@missouriwestern.edu

Dr. Dawn Drake has been at MWSU since 2012. Her research interests include rural and agricultural geography as well as the geographic dimensions of competitive advantage in mature manufacturing.

Creating a More Immersive Experience in Sustainable Energy

GEO 340 (Sustainable Energy) is already an applied learning course that depends on a partially flipped classroom and a series of projects to help students learn about various energy technologies.

Student will be involved in developing a new format for the course to generate more student immersion and perhaps turn the course into a lab course with field trips and hands-on experiences.

Developing a Story Map for MWSU Campus Ponds

MWSU’s campus ponds, as part of the Otoe Creek Natural area, all have Otoe tribe names and a history. Dr. John Rushin once met with tribal elders to gather the stories of these ponds. Students who want to work on this project should possess an interest in ecological and/or Native American history, as well as a willingness to learn to use GPS, GIS, and ESRI Story Maps to produce a history that could be shared with the community. Students involved in this project will not only map the ponds on campus, but also interview Dr. Rushin and possibly work with Dean Hyer (who is a historian with interests in Native Americans) to develop a narrative to support the maps.

Spatial Analysis in Biology

For any project that a student is completing that would benefit from a spatial analysis component, I am always available to advise and assist with that portion of the research.  Maps are often a powerful way to tell a story or analyze a biologic research problem.

Constructing a Climate History for MWSU Native Prairie

In Fall 2020, we are hoping to have researchers from the University Idaho’s Tree Ring lab come to provide hands-on dendrochonolgy field work experience on the new native prairie. Beyond this experience, which will be widely available to any interested biology students, there will also be opportunities to work remotely with Dr. Harley and his students on the cores collected from the prairie or those that we hope to collect from the Jesse James House. No prior experience required, just a willingness to learn.


About Dr. Dawn M. Drake

Ph.D., University of Tennessee

M.S., University of Delaware

B.S.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Contact Dr. Drake


4525 Downs Drive
Saint Joseph, MO 64507