Snake River, Fall foliage, and mountains in the background

Fall 2021 Newsletter Published

Dec. 15, 2021

The 2021 Fall Newsletter has been published and is available for viewing! If you would like to contribute to the next newsletter, please contact Jeff Nicholson . If you are an alumnus, please fill out the Alumni Update form . The newsletter contains department news, alumni updates, and articles by...

Jennifer L. Fluri

Message from the Chair: Jennifer Fluri

We returned to campus this fall for in-person classes. Mask and vaccine requirements helped to ensure more in-person interactions, while our faculty, staff, and students continue to face challenges associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to extend my gratitude to the entire Geography Department for their ongoing...

Robert J. Czerniak

Alumni Update: Robert J. Czerniak, PhD 1979

After completing my Ph.D. I taught at Metro State College for a couple of years. In 1981 I moved to Gunnison and worked at Western State College on a Community Development program for the Kellogg Foundation. In 1983 I began my career as an Asst Prof in Geography at New...

Waleed Abdalati with Romney and Bennett

Climate Change River Trip with Two United States Senators

Dec. 9, 2021

I was recently invited to take a river rafting trip on the Colorado River with Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mitt Romney (R-UT), among others, and to provide a scientific perspective on climate change and its impacts on the western United States. The purpose of the trip was to draw...

Emily Yeh

American Association of Geographers

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is the national scholarly association to which the most geographers – including professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals - in the US belong. Founded in 1904, it has members from over 100 countries and its total membership has fluctuated over the past two...

River jammed with deadwood

Floodplain Ecogeomorphic Processes

Dr. Katherine Lininger , Assistant Professor, is a fluvial geomorphologist who studies the interactions between geomorphic (physical) and ecological processes in rivers and floodplains. She is particularly interested in the influence of river and floodplain processes on the flux and storage of organic carbon in floodplain soil and dead, downed...

Kathryn Tyler

Graduate Student Update: Katie Tyler

Kathryn (Katie) Tyler is a second year master’s student whose research focuses on addressing gaps in public transit service. More specifically, she is examining bus networks in four US cities using GIS multi-criteria suitability modelling. Her research is largely motivated by the positive climate and social benefits of public transit...

Snake River

Graduate Student Update: Katarena Matos

Katarena Matos is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Geography Department and is part of Associate Professor, Holly Barnard 's Ecohydrology Lab. This fall she was awarded the ARCS Foundation Scholarship! The award has been donated by Mr. Earl L. Wright in honor of his late wife, Nancy Seacrest Wright,...

Allyson Fits

A Student's Journey: Ally Fitts

I entered college as an undeclared major in hopes a general elective would spark interest for my future studies. I was quick to find inspiration within an introductory geography course where the professor presented his research pertaining to his work in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As a snow hydrologist, his fieldwork...

ohn and Gina after a successful DataHawk2 drone flight on the Arctic sea ice

Two CU Scientists' Experience Taking Part in the Largest Arctic Research Expedition Ever: The Multi-disciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC)

Dec. 3, 2021

John Cassano Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences Lead Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences University of Colorado Boulder Gina Jozef PhD Candidate, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and National...