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Summer 2019 Course Posters

March 15, 2019

Geography course enrollment is now open for Summer 2019! Exciting Geography courses are available to you: World Regional Geography Mountain Geography Introduction to Global Public Health Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development GIS in the Social and Natural Sciences Review the course posters to get a flavor for what each class...

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Local Structures of Human Mobility in Chicago

March 15, 2019

A vast literature establishes the importance of social capital to neighborhoods. Jane Jacobs famously argued that this capital is maintained through "cross-use of space," and James Coleman formalized it as the "closure" of human interactions. Many of these interactions require human mobility, so neighborhoods with higher social capital should be...

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So Much Smoke: Investigating the Impact of Wildfires on Western U.S. Air Quality

March 8, 2019

This colloquium discusses the air quality impacts of western U.S. wildfires and introduce the Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Aerosol Absorption and Nitrogen (WE-CAN). The WE-CAN project deployed the NCAR/NSF C-130 research aircraft in summer 2018 (22 July – 31 August) to sample wildfire smoke during its first day...

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Arctic change has widespread impacts

March 7, 2019

As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well — according to a commentary in Earth’s...

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

March 1, 2019

Lake Poopó was once Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Located at roughly 3700m in the semi-arid central Altiplano, shallow and saline Lake Poopó has long been recognized for its ecological importance and in 2002 was added to the list of internationally important lakes and wetlands included under the Ramsar Convention. In late...

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Rivers and hillslopes: deciphering the signal of sediment transport

Feb. 22, 2019

In view of modern anthropogenic impacts, forecasted changes in climate, and resulting shifts in the frequencies and magnitudes of surface processes such as wildfires, landslides and large floods, reliable models are needed to monitor and predict the short-term evolution of the Earth's surface. Models generally consider climate and tectonics to...

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Soils, sediments, and the legacy of medieval agriculture in Czech plužina landscapes

Feb. 8, 2019

Land-cover change from forest to agriculture is widely recognized as a primary cause of accelerated soil erosion. Floodplains in agricultural watersheds represent fluvial archives for understanding anthropogenic erosion and downstream sedimentation. These agricultural legacy sediments may be used to construct watershed sediment budgets and can help reveal pathways of hydrologic...

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First Geography Grad Student Forum

Feb. 2, 2019

Collaboration and community were at the heart of the Geography department’s first Graduate Student Forum held on Saturday January 26 th . The forum was organized by Graduate Director Jennifer Fluri, Graduate Program Assistant Karen Weingarten, and Graduate Representatives Diego Melo, Erika Schreiber, Kylen Solvik, Tasha Snow, Gabriella Subia Smith,...

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Tai Koester, von Dreden Stacey Fellowship Winner

Dec. 21, 2018

Sometime in the late afternoon, I joined the crowd that had gathered before the Bear totem, a one-ton, nine-foot piece of a coastal fir delivered by truck from Washington State. The day before, about a dozen of us lifted the totem out of the bed of the pickup, and hoisted...

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Fall 2018 Commencement Photos and Video

Dec. 20, 2018

Today was the department's Fall Commencement ceremony. Congratulations to our new graduates! The commencement photos have been published. Also see a video of the commencement ceremony and watch Mark Serreze and Babs Buttenfield perform Mark's new song "A Little More Geography". We also had a group sing-along where everyone joined...

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