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Nature and Nation: Political Ecologies of Extraction and Belonging in Bolivia

March 1, 2019

Resource nationalism is everywhere. From the potent symbolism of American coal jobs, to the constitutional protections afforded to Chile’s national copper company CODELCO, to Russia’s resource-centered development strategy (as laid out in Vladimir Putin’s doctoral dissertation), forms of nationalism are commonly expressed through the idiom of nature and natural resources...

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PhD Dissertation Topics

Dec. 14, 2018

Cross-Scale Analysis of Surface-Adjusted Measurements in Digital Elevation Models by Mehran Ghandehari Digital terrain data forms the basis for geospatial analysis and modeling in many disciplines. Terrain is commonly modeled on a grid of pixels, assuming that elevation values are constant within any single pixel of a Digital Elevation Model...

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2018 Fall Newsletter Published

Dec. 13, 2018

The 2018 Fall Newsletter has been published and is available for viewing. The newsletter is packed with department news, alumni updates, and student and faculty articles. Contents: Bill Travis : Message from the Chair, pgs 2-3 von Dreden Stacey Fellowship Winners, pgs 4-6 Mark Serreze : Climate Change Becomes Persona...

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Risky subjects: vulnerability and uncertainty in the global pesticide boom

Nov. 30, 2018

Globally, pesticide use is increasing significantly faster than food production. The vast majority of the world’s food producers depend on pesticides, and most of those users live in the global south. I present data from Northern Laos, until recently among the world’s lowest per capita pesticide users, to explore the...

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“Differentiated citizenship” and the persistence of informal rural credit systems in Amazonia

Nov. 9, 2018

In the Brazilian Amazon, the long-distance river trading system known as aviamento has linked commodity producers in remote areas to markets in urban centers since the colonial period. Based on a case study from the rural municipality of Lábrea, this presentation explores continuities and changes in river trading from the...

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Spring 2019 Course Posters Released

Nov. 9, 2018

Geography course enrollment is now open for Spring 2019! Many exciting Geography courses are available to you from our areas of focus: General Geography Physical Geography Environment-Society Human Geography Geographic Information Science (GIS) Review the course posters to get a flavor for what each class is about and check out...

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‘‘Differentiated citizenship” and the persistence of informal rural credit systems in Amazonia.

Nov. 9, 2018

In the Brazilian Amazon, the long-distance river trading system known as aviamento has linked commodity producers in remote areas to markets in urban centers since the colonial period. Based on a case study from the rural municipality of Lábrea, this article explores continuities and changes in river trading from the...

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Accounting for high-frequency climate variability in adaptation and planning: An interdisciplinary approach combining natural and human archival data

Nov. 2, 2018

High-frequency climate variability is one of the most common features associated with climatic zones and yet, one of the least understood aspects of climate sciences, and unsurprisingly, one of the least implemented aspects of climate sciences in the realm of climate adaptation and policy. Semi-arid belts of the world, characterized...

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Unnatural Succession: Rocky Flats and the Future of Conservation

Oct. 26, 2018

For four decades, Colorado’s Rocky Flats plant served as the core facility producing plutonium triggers for the United States’ nuclear arsenal. Military production halted in 1992 and fifteen years later the site was designated a national wildlife refuge. Despite a $7 billion dollar cleanup, Rocky Flats remains controversial both for...

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Want to travel around Prague and earn 3 credits this May?

Oct. 24, 2018

Join Professor Jennifer Fluri on this Maymester Global Seminar! You will explore the unique history and geography of the Czech Republic, deepen your understanding of how political and economic changes and transitions have a diverse impact on social and cultural norms, and conduct an independent research project. This course, GEOG...

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