baysBrad Bays is a student of historical geography who has three research interests: the evolution of agricultural regions and landscapes; the diffusion of folk construction methods and vernacular house forms; and the consequences of the federal Indian policy known as allotment in severalty (1887-1934) upon rural land use. Since arriving at OSU Brad has garnered some $500,000 in federal contracts to locate, identify, and document Oklahoma's historically significant buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts. This applied research, which funds OSU graduate students, assists the State of Oklahoma's efforts to protect its cultural resources from deleterious impact by activities involving federal funds or federal permits. Brad has prepared thousands of property entries for the Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory, and he has authored or contributed to dozens of property nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Like most geographers, Brad is first and foremost a fieldworker; his ideal workday is one spent outdoors in his overalls and boots, camera and pencil in hand, noting the evidence provided by a talkative old farmer or rancher.