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Eric Perramond: Unsettled Waters: Rights, Law, and Identity in the American West

Nov. 1, 2019

Eric Perramond Environmental Science and Southwest Studies Professor, Colorado College Abstract In the American West, water adjudication lawsuits are adversarial, expensive, and lengthy. Unsettled Waters is the first detailed study of water adjudications in New Mexico. The state envisioned adjudication as a straightforward accounting of water rights as private property...

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Virginia Iglesias: If the trees burn, is the forest lost?

Oct. 25, 2019

Virginia Iglesias Research Scientist Earth Lab Abstract Socio-environmental dynamics are driven by top-down changes in climate and bottom-up positive (destabilizing) and negative (stabilizing) biophysical feedbacks involving disturbance and biotic interactions. When positive feedbacks prevail, the resulting self-propagating changes can potentially shift the system into a new state, even in the...

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Aaron Bobrow-Strain: The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

Oct. 18, 2019

Book presentation by Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Author and Professor of Politics at Whitman College. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography, Latin American Studies Center, and the Department of Sociology. Book Title The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story (Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux on...

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Max Boykoff: Creative (Climate) Communications: productive pathways for science, policy and society

Oct. 11, 2019

Max Boykoff Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy (CIRES) Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder. Abstract: Conversations about climate change at the science-policy interface and in our lives have remained stuck. The presentation based on a recently published book integrates lessons from social science and humanities research...

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Jing Gao: Data-Driven Spatiotemporal Modeling for Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Studies

Oct. 4, 2019

Jing Gao Assistant Professor of Geospatial Data Science Affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Data Science Institute University of Delaware Abstract: Over the 21st century global environmental change may pose critical challenges for societies across the world. To understand its potential impacts, global long-term spatial projections of societal...

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Kyle Rodman: Seed availability hampers forest recovery after wildfires

Oct. 2, 2019

A lack of tree seedling establishment following recent wildfires represents a crucial bottleneck limiting coniferous forest recovery in the western U.S., new CU Boulder-led research finds. The study, which was recently published in the journal Ecological Applications, examined burn-affected ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir stands in southern Colorado and northern New...

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Henry Lovejoy: The Collapse of the Slave-Trading State of Oyo: A Predictive Model of the Flow of People Involved in Pre-Colonial African Warfare to Cuba, Brazil and Sierra Leone, 1816-1836

Sept. 27, 2019

Henry Lovejoy Assistant Professor, Department of History University of Colorado Boulder Abstract: While scholars have amassed large amounts of data related to the transatlantic slave trade, a more pressing question lingers: Where did those 12.7 million people come from within pre-colonial West Africa before boarding slave ships destined for the...

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John O'Loughlin: Evidence of climate-driven conflicts is piling up

Sept. 19, 2019

On a sweltering July afternoon in the remote village of Daaba in Northern Kenya, CU Boulder Geography Professor John O’Loughlin was stood up by a tribal chief. O’Loughlin and his colleagues had driven for hours along dusty roads in the drought-ravaged region to interview the local leader about if, and...

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Mark Serreze Named Distinguished Professor

Sept. 16, 2019

The Department of Geography is proud to announce Professor of Geography Mark Serreze has been named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor by the Board of Regents. Mark is the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). This is the highest honor awarded to faculty across the...

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Sharon Bywater-Reyes: Tamarix versus Populus plant traits differentially influence morphodynamics in alluvial rivers

Sept. 13, 2019

Sharon Bywater-Reyes Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science University of Northern Colorado Abstract: The strength of interactions between plants and river processes is dependent on plant traits such as stem density, plant frontal area, and stem bending properties. In many rivers, the composition of riparian vegetation communities has changed because...