African woman standing in drought-affected area

Is climate change fueling civil war?

June 14, 2019

Droughts and other climate events can impact agriculture production and lead to economic shocks, which may increase risk of conflict. Credit: Oxfam East Africa Climate change has played a small, but important role in fueling civil wars and other armed conflicts in recent decades and will play an exponentially greater...

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Monitoring changing world at CU Boulder’s Mountain Research Station

June 1, 2019

From base at 9,500 feet, scientists examine climate to top of tundra Motorists cruising the famed Peak to Peak Highway north of Nederland as they savor the scenery or head out for a visit to Brainard Lake might well sail right past a modest signpost for one of the highest...

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May 2019 Commencement Photos Available for Download

May 12, 2019

Congratulations to our new graduates! The commencement photos have been published. There is also a video of the commencement ceremony .

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Spring 2019 Newsletter Published

May 7, 2019

The 2019 Spring Newsletter has been published and is available for viewing. The newsletter contains department news, alumni updates, and student and faculty articles. Contents: Featured Articles ​ Journey to Thwaites Glacier (Antarctica) China Made: Asian Infastructures and the ‘China Model’ of Development News SNOTERNS Internship First Geography Grad Student...

Leah Wasser

Leah Wasser Receives Open Educator Award

May 7, 2019

Educator Award from the CU Student Government and the University Libraries. The award recognizes her openly-licensed Earth Analytics Python course that uses open source tools to educate students on Earth data science. An average of 50,000 unique global visitors access the course materials each month. Wasser directs the Earth Analytics...

Ellen Considine

Geography Minor is Goldwater Scholarship Recipient

May 7, 2019

Two CU Boulder undergraduates who have demonstrated a strong potential to succeed as researchers in science, engineering and math have been named recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship . Ellen Considine CU Boulder’s 2019–20 Goldwater Scholars are Ellen Considine, a junior from Boulder, Colorado, who is majoring in applied math...

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Alumni and Student Updates Spring 2019

May 1, 2019

Updates from Alumni: Gina Li (MA, 2019) In June 2019, Gina Li will be starting a job as a Geospatial Data Engineer at Descartes Labs in San Francisco, CA. Headquartered in Santa Fe, NM, Descartes Labs is a start-up founded by several top scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory in...

Soldier with rifle sitting, laughing next to children

Jennifer Fluri gathered evidence from war-torn (and joke-riddled) Afghanistan

April 29, 2019

“You can't laugh and be afraid at the same time. If you're laughing, I defy you to be afraid,” Stephen Colbert, TV talk show host It was July 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan, where tensions between locals and international armed forces were rising beyond a simmer, hovering in the hot air...

view of bridge over water

China Made: Asian Infastructures and the ‘China Model’ of Development

April 28, 2019

中国制造 : 亚洲基础设施和 “ 中国模式 ” 发展 . After experiencing episodic but rather deep economic and political crises in the three decades following the 1949 Communist Revolution, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has experienced very dramatic economic expansion over the last fifty years, and especially since the turn of...

Man and woman looking at Antarctic ice from deck of boat

Journey to Thwaites Glacier (Antarctica)

April 27, 2019

Thwaites - Jeff Goodell, a journalist from Rolling Stone Magazine, and Elizabeth Rush, a book writer from Brown University, have their breakfast coffee looking over the ice front of Thwaites ice shelf. The icebreaking research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer cruises a few hundred meters from the ice cliff that, in...

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