GIS

Barbara (Babs) Buttenfield

Barbara (Babs) Buttenfield

Professor of Geography • GIS, Cartographic Generalization, Multi-Scale Databases • Ph.D. University of Washington, 1984
GIS
Research Interests I teach courses in Geographic Information Science, GIS Modeling, Cartography and Information Design. My research interests focus on generalization, understanding the impacts of scale and resolution on data and modeling, representing uncertainty, and designing visualization tools for environmental modeling. I am a Past President of the American Cartographic Association. In 2001, I was named GIS Educator of the Year by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science.
babs@colorado.edu     303-492-3618 GUGG 201D
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Carson Farmer

Assistant Professor of Geography • Spatial-Temporal Dynamics, Computational GIScience, Spatial Interactions, Transportation • Ph.D. National Center for Geocomputation, University of Maynooth (formerly National University of Ireland Maynooth), 2011
Physical Geography • Human Geography • GIS
Research Interests My research interests span a wide range of topics in GIScience and spatial analysis, with a focus on spatial-temporal dynamics. My research tends to fall under the general banner of 'computational GIScience’ and encompasses work on networks, transportation, big data, snow/water processes, and geospatial algorithms. I am Assistant Professor in the Geography Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder where I focus on spatial-temporal analysis and data-intensive...
carson.farmer@colorado.edu     303-492-3252 GUGG 207
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Stefan Leyk

Associate Professor of Geography • GIScience, uncertainty modeling, small area estimation, cartographic pattern recognition • Ph.D. University of Zurich / Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, 2005
GIS
Research Interests Uncertainty in GIScience and spatial uncertainty modeling Land cover change modeling; retrospective landscape assessments based on historical spatial information Cartographic pattern recognition from historical maps Spatial dynamic modeling approaches in public health Recent Courses Include Spring 2017 GEOG 4103/5103 (4) Intro to Geographic Information Science Spring 2017 GEOG 4303/5303 (4) GIS Programming for Spatial Analysis Fall 2016 GEOG 4103/5103 (4) Intro to Geographic Information Science Spring 2016 GEOG...
stefan.leyk@colorado.edu     303-492-4695, GUGG 201F
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Seth Spielman

Associate Professor of Geography • Urban Geography, Medical Geography, Spatial Statistics, GIScience • Affiliate of IBS • Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2008
Human Geography • GIS
Research Interests I’m an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado and Senior Data Scientist/Manager at Apple Maps. My expertise is in maps, statistics, and machine learning. Recently, I’ve won the Breheny Prize for the best paper in Environment and Planning, a kaggle.com data science competition, and was awarded a distinguished scholar award in Planning from the American Association of Geographers. The journal Science wrote a profile of...
seth.spielman@colorado.edu     303-492-4877, GUGG 103C

Human Geography

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Joe Bryan

Associate Professor of Geography • Indigenous Politics in the Americas; Human Rights; and Critical Cartography. • Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, 2007
Human Geography
Research Interests My work focuses on indigenous politics in the Americas, human rights, and critical cartography. My most recent work addresses the role of community-based mapping in a 2001 ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The case concerned a land claim brought by the indigenous Mayangna community of Awas Tingni against the Republic of Nicaragua, and set an important legal precedent for recognizing indigenous land rights. I have...
jbryan@colorado.edu     303-492-8642 GUGG 102C
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Carson Farmer

Assistant Professor of Geography • Spatial-Temporal Dynamics, Computational GIScience, Spatial Interactions, Transportation • Ph.D. National Center for Geocomputation, University of Maynooth (formerly National University of Ireland Maynooth), 2011
Physical Geography • Human Geography • GIS
Research Interests My research interests span a wide range of topics in GIScience and spatial analysis, with a focus on spatial-temporal dynamics. My research tends to fall under the general banner of 'computational GIScience’ and encompasses work on networks, transportation, big data, snow/water processes, and geospatial algorithms. I am Assistant Professor in the Geography Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder where I focus on spatial-temporal analysis and data-intensive...
carson.farmer@colorado.edu     303-492-3252 GUGG 207
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Jennifer Fluri

Associate Professor of Geography • Feminist political geography; conflict security and development; South/Southwest Asia • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2005
Human Geography
Research Interests I am a feminist political geographer concentrating on conflict, security, and aid/development in South and Southwest Asia. I am particularly interested in understanding the spatial organization and corporeal representations and experiences of individuals and groups working and living within conflict zones. My doctoral research focused on the use of public and private space by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), a clandestine feminist-nationalist organization. My...
Jennifer.Fluri@colorado.edu     303-492-4794 GUGG 103b
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Mara Goldman

Associate Professor of Geography • Political Ecology; Science and Technology Studies; indigenous knowledge; Nature-Society Relations • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests Mara J. Goldman is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and a faculty associate in the Institute for Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (geography) and was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, where she conducted research on “Communication and the Politics of Participation in Pastoral Societies.” Goldman’s research is...
mara.goldman@colorado.edu     303-492-8794 GUGG 102a
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Najeeb Jan

Assistant Professor of Geography • Political Islam, South Asia; Poststructural & Postcolonial Theory; Biopolitics, Critical Ontology • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2010
Human Geography
Research Interests I am interested in cartographies of power and more specifically with understanding the nature of political space in the contemporary Muslim world. My research thus far has focused on biopolitics, subjectivity and political Islam in Pakistan. I am concerned with understanding contemporary forms of violence ("eterrorism") in relation to broader questions of militarization, security/governmentality, neoliberalism and sovereignty. Recent Courses Include Spring 2017 GEOG 3742 (3) Place, Power, Culture...
najeeb.jan@colorado.edu     303-492-2860, GUGG 201g
John O'Loughlin

John O'Loughlin

Professor of Geography • Political; Former Soviet Union; Post Communist Societies; Nationalism • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Professor of Distinction • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1973
Human Geography
Research Interests John O'Loughlin's research interests are in the political geography of the post-Soviet Union, including Russian and Ukrainian geopolitics, Eurasian quasi-states, and ethno-territorialial nationalisms. He has also published on the diffusion of democracy, electoral geography, the geography of conflict, and the political geography of Nazi Germany. He teaches undergraduate classes in Political Geography, Geographies of Global Change, and the Geography of Western Europe, and graduate classes in Political Geography...
JohnO@colorado.edu     303-492-1619, GUGG 201H
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Timothy Oakes

Professor of Geography • Cultural Politics; Economic and Social Change; China • Director of CAS • Ph.D. University of Washington, 1995
Human Geography
Research Interests I am a cultural geographer of China, working on issues related to regional cultural development, culture industries, tourism, heritage, regional and place-based identities. My work focuses on the ways culture is used as a resource for development and governance objectives, identity politics, and tourism. What's New I recently co-edited a volume on Making Cultural Cities in Asia. Here's the publisher's blurb: "This book examines the vast and largely...
toakes@colorado.edu     303-492-5887, GUGG 201C
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Colleen Reid

Assistant Professor of Geography • Climate change and human health; Environmental and social epidemiology; Spatial exposure assessment • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2014
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests I am interested in how environmental and social exposures interact to influence health with a particular focus on exposures caused by global climatic changes and society’s responses to those changes. To date my research has focused on the health impacts of exposure to air pollution from wildfires, extreme heat events, and proximity to urban vegetation. Prior to becoming an assistant professor in Geography at the University of Colorado,...
colleen.reid@colorado.edu     303-492-7050, GUGG 204B
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Fernando Riosmena

Associate Professor of Geography • International migration, informal economy, and population dynamics; social demography, Latin America • Faculty of IBS • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2005
Human Geography
Research Interests Professor Riosmena's research looks at how demographic processes are associated with the spatial and social mobility, well-being, and development in Latin American societies and immigrant communities from said region in the United States. His main research areas are immigrant health throughout different stages of the migration process and the role of U.S. immigration policy and social, economic, and environmental conditions in sending communities on the migration dynamics between...
Fernando.Riosmena@Colorado.edu     303-492-1476 IBS 3 | GUGG 201H
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Seth Spielman

Associate Professor of Geography • Urban Geography, Medical Geography, Spatial Statistics, GIScience • Affiliate of IBS • Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2008
Human Geography • GIS
Research Interests I’m an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado and Senior Data Scientist/Manager at Apple Maps. My expertise is in maps, statistics, and machine learning. Recently, I’ve won the Breheny Prize for the best paper in Environment and Planning, a kaggle.com data science competition, and was awarded a distinguished scholar award in Planning from the American Association of Geographers. The journal Science wrote a profile of...
seth.spielman@colorado.edu     303-492-4877, GUGG 103C
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William (Riebsame) Travis

Associate Professor of Geography • Natural hazards, risk, climate change, decision-making • Earth Lab Deputy Director Project Risk Principal Investigator • Ph.D. Clark University, 1981
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests Prof. Travis studies socio-ecological systems, including the human dimensions of natural hazards, climate change, and land use and land cover. His current projects focus on risk and decision-analysis applied to climate adaptation in agricultural and infrastructural systems, and behavioral responses to extreme events. Prof. Travis teaches classes in environmental geography, natural hazards and risk analysis, and research design. Recent Courses Include Fall 2016 GEOG 1972 (3) Environment-Society Geography...
william.travis@colorado.edu     303-492-6312, GUGG 102B
Yaffa Truelove

Yaffa Truelove

Assistant Professor of Geography • Urban Geography, Political Ecology of Water, India, Southern Urbanism, Urban Infrastructure, Water Governance, Nature-Society Relations • Faculty of International Affairs • PhD University of Cambridge, 2015
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests At the nexus of urban geography and human-environment relations, my research primarily examines the connections between urban waterscapes and socio-political processes in cities of the global South. In particular, I examine water and its infrastructures as a lens for analyzing social and material relations in cities as well as differing regimes and institutions of everyday urban governance. My prior research has predominately focused on Indian cities, contributing to...
truelove@colorado.edu     303-492-7920, GUGG 204A
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Emily Yeh

Department Chair • Professor of Geography • Nature/society geography; political ecology; cultural politics; development; Tibet; China • Associate Faculty of CAS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2003
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests My main research interests are on questions of power, political economy, and cultural politics in the nature-society relationship. Using primarily ethnographic methods, I have conducted research on property rights, natural resource conflicts, environmental history, development and landscape transformation, grassland management and environmental policies, and emerging environmentalisms in Tibetan areas of China. In addition, I have also worked on the politics of identity and race in the Tibetan diaspora,...
emily.yeh@colorado.edu     303-492-8310, GUGG 108

Physical Geography

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Waleed Abdalati

Professor of Geography • Remote Sensing of Earth’s Ice Cover • Executive Director of CIRES • Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996
Physical Geography
Research Interests My research interests are in the use of satellite and airborne remote sensing techniques, integrated with in situ observations and modeling, to understand how and why the Earth's ice cover is changing, and what those changes mean for life on Earth. In particular, my research focuses on the contributions of ice sheets and high-latitude glaciers to sea level rise and their relationship to the changing climate. Toward that...
waleed.abdalati@colorado.edu     303-492-5087, Ekeley 305
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Suzanne Anderson

Professor of Geography • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Geomorphology; Weathering; Hydrology; Glaciology • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Physical Geography
Research Interests Her research explores the interaction of physical and chemical processes that shape landscapes and drive geochemical cycles. She has particular interests in glacial erosion and geochemistry, and has worked on ice dynamics, hydrology and geochemical processes of several Alaskan glaciers. She currently heads the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory, one of three National Science Foundation-funded environmental observatories dedicated to interdisciplinary study of the Critical Zone, the life-sustaining interface...
Suzanne.Anderson@colorado.edu     303-492-7071 SEEC S209 (Primary ofc) | GUGG 1 (Secondary ofc)
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Jennifer Balch

Assistant Professor of Geography • Fire ecology; Land use/landcover change; Global change ecology; Tropical forest ecology • Director, Earth Lab Project Fire Principal Investigator • Ph.D. Yale University, 2008
Physical Geography
Research Interests We need to reassess the role of fire on Earth. At a global scale, we know very little about how fire influences ecosystem dynamics, and in turn, how ecosystem patterns and processes control the fire cycle. My research aims to understand the patterns and processes that underlie disturbance and ecosystem recovery, particularly how shifting fire regimes are reconfiguring tropical forests, encouraging non-native grass invasion, and affecting the global...
jennifer.balch@colorado.edu     303-492-6343, GUGG 107A
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Holly Barnard

Associate Professor of Geography • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ecohydrology; Stable Isotope Geochemistry; Forest Hydrology; Tree Physiology • Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2009
Physical Geography
Research Interests My research is focused on investigating how vegetation processes affect water flow dynamics and pathways in soil and streams, and conversely, how water flow paths affect vegetation function in mountainous terrain. The ultimate goal is to improve our knowledge of how changes in land-use and/or climate will affect water resources and ecosystems. This interdisciplinary research uses state-of-the-art techniques to reveal patterns and processes at scales ranging from the...
holly.barnard@colorado.edu     303-735-7062 INSTAAR RL-1, room 151
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Peter Blanken

Professor of Geography • Climatology; Biometeorology • Faculty of ENVS • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1997
Physical Geography
Research Interests My overall research objective is to understand how the physical processes regulating water and carbon cycling at the Earth's surface are affected by environmental changes. I study a variety of ecosystems including lakes, wetlands, alpine tundra, forest, and grasslands. My research is based on observations made at each location using a variety of instruments, and I often use models and remote sensing to help interpret the measurements. More...
blanken@colorado.edu     303-492-5388, GUGG 201b
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Carson Farmer

Assistant Professor of Geography • Spatial-Temporal Dynamics, Computational GIScience, Spatial Interactions, Transportation • Ph.D. National Center for Geocomputation, University of Maynooth (formerly National University of Ireland Maynooth), 2011
Physical Geography • Human Geography • GIS
Research Interests My research interests span a wide range of topics in GIScience and spatial analysis, with a focus on spatial-temporal dynamics. My research tends to fall under the general banner of 'computational GIScience’ and encompasses work on networks, transportation, big data, snow/water processes, and geospatial algorithms. I am Assistant Professor in the Geography Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder where I focus on spatial-temporal analysis and data-intensive...
carson.farmer@colorado.edu     303-492-3252 GUGG 207
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Noah Molotch

Associate Professor of Geography • Surface Water and Snow Hydrology; Remote Sensing; Ecohydrology • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. The University of Arizona, 2004
Physical Geography
Research Interests My research and teaching interests are focused on the processes controlling hydrologic fluxes in mountainous regions and within the greater Earth system. Improved understanding of these processes is essential for sustainable management of natural resources and for making informed environmental policy decisions. My research projects utilize ground-based observations, remote sensing, and computational modeling to obtain comprehensive understanding of hydrological processes; in particular the distribution of snow and vegetation...
Noah.Molotch@colorado.edu     303-492-6151 INSTAAR RL1 213 | GUGG 207
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John Pitlick

Professor of Geography • Associate Chair, Graduate Studies • Geomorphology; Water Resources; Natural Hazards • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. Colorado State University, 1988
Physical Geography
Research Interests My research focuses on linkages between surface-water hydrology and geomorphology in high-gradient river systems. The primary objective of this work is to develop a more complete understanding of the coupling between rivers and their surrounding landscapes. Field work is an important component of my research; the strategy used in many projects is to integrate field data with modeling techniques to quantify the effects of sediment transport on the...
pitlick@colorado.edu     303-492-5906, GUGG 315
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Mark Serreze

Research Professor of Geography • Arctic climate; global implications; and climate warming in the Arctic • Director of NSIDC • Fellow of CIRES • Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 1989
Physical Geography
Research Interests Mark C. Serreze is the Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). While his research has encompassed all aspects of our planet's cryosphere - ie snow and ice cover - he has a long standing love of the Arctic. Interests include atmosphere-sea ice interactions, synoptic climatology, boundary layer problems, and climate change. He has...
serreze@kryos.colorado.edu     303-492-2963, RL2 203
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Tom Veblen

Professor of Geography • Biogeography; Conservation • Distinguished Research Lecturer • Arts and Sciences College Professor of Distinction • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1975
Physical Geography
Research Interests My main research interests are in forest ecology and vegetation dynamics in relation to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, especially as related to climate variability. I use tree rings to date past disturbance events such as fire and insect outbreaks. For more than 25 years I have been investigating how disturbances such as fire, blow down and bark beetle outbreaks interact in the forested landscapes of the Colorado Rocky...
veblen@colorado.edu     303-492-8528, GUGG 201A
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Mark Williams

Professor of Geography • Alpine Biogeochemistry; Hydrology; Snow Hydrology; and Nutrient Cycling. • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of ENVS • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. University of California-Santa Barbara, 1991
Physical Geography
Research Interests The processes that determine the hydrochemistry and biogeochemistry of high-elevation basins including the storage and release of solutes from the snowpack, biogeochemical modifications of snowpack runoff, nutrient cycling, and hydrologic pathways and residence time. Current projects include the Rocky Mountains, Ecuadorian and Bolivian Andes, and Central Asian areas of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, and China. Recent Courses Include Spring 2017 GEOG 3251 (3) Mountain Geography Spring 2017 GEOG 4311/5100-001 (3)...
markw@snobear.colorado.edu     303-492-8830, INSTAAR RL1 101A

Environment-Society

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Mara Goldman

Associate Professor of Geography • Political Ecology; Science and Technology Studies; indigenous knowledge; Nature-Society Relations • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests Mara J. Goldman is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and a faculty associate in the Institute for Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (geography) and was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, where she conducted research on “Communication and the Politics of Participation in Pastoral Societies.” Goldman’s research is...
mara.goldman@colorado.edu     303-492-8794 GUGG 102a
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Colleen Reid

Assistant Professor of Geography • Climate change and human health; Environmental and social epidemiology; Spatial exposure assessment • Faculty Research Associate of IBS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2014
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests I am interested in how environmental and social exposures interact to influence health with a particular focus on exposures caused by global climatic changes and society’s responses to those changes. To date my research has focused on the health impacts of exposure to air pollution from wildfires, extreme heat events, and proximity to urban vegetation. Prior to becoming an assistant professor in Geography at the University of Colorado,...
colleen.reid@colorado.edu     303-492-7050, GUGG 204B
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William (Riebsame) Travis

Associate Professor of Geography • Natural hazards, risk, climate change, decision-making • Earth Lab Deputy Director Project Risk Principal Investigator • Ph.D. Clark University, 1981
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests Prof. Travis studies socio-ecological systems, including the human dimensions of natural hazards, climate change, and land use and land cover. His current projects focus on risk and decision-analysis applied to climate adaptation in agricultural and infrastructural systems, and behavioral responses to extreme events. Prof. Travis teaches classes in environmental geography, natural hazards and risk analysis, and research design. Recent Courses Include Fall 2016 GEOG 1972 (3) Environment-Society Geography...
william.travis@colorado.edu     303-492-6312, GUGG 102B
Yaffa Truelove

Yaffa Truelove

Assistant Professor of Geography • Urban Geography, Political Ecology of Water, India, Southern Urbanism, Urban Infrastructure, Water Governance, Nature-Society Relations • Faculty of International Affairs • PhD University of Cambridge, 2015
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests At the nexus of urban geography and human-environment relations, my research primarily examines the connections between urban waterscapes and socio-political processes in cities of the global South. In particular, I examine water and its infrastructures as a lens for analyzing social and material relations in cities as well as differing regimes and institutions of everyday urban governance. My prior research has predominately focused on Indian cities, contributing to...
truelove@colorado.edu     303-492-7920, GUGG 204A
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Emily Yeh

Department Chair • Professor of Geography • Nature/society geography; political ecology; cultural politics; development; Tibet; China • Associate Faculty of CAS • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2003
Human Geography • Environment-Society
Research Interests My main research interests are on questions of power, political economy, and cultural politics in the nature-society relationship. Using primarily ethnographic methods, I have conducted research on property rights, natural resource conflicts, environmental history, development and landscape transformation, grassland management and environmental policies, and emerging environmentalisms in Tibetan areas of China. In addition, I have also worked on the politics of identity and race in the Tibetan diaspora,...
emily.yeh@colorado.edu     303-492-8310, GUGG 108