John O'Loughlin overlooks the Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv where much of the Maidan protests took place in 2014.

John O'Loughlin: As tensions in Ukraine increase, researcher worries for its people

Jan. 28, 2022

This week, the Pentagon announced that it was placing roughly 8,500 U.S. troops on “heightened alert”—a step toward potentially deploying them to friendly European nations near the Russian border. The move is the latest escalation surrounding Ukraine, an Eastern Europe nation home to about 44 million people. Late last year,...

Desalinization plant

Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security: Global Desalination Sector

Jan. 28, 2022

Kyungsun Lee Postdoc Research Associate Texas A&M University In Person: GUGG 205 Jan 28, 2022, 3:30 PM Or Join via Zoom: Due to growing populations and climate change, existing freshwater sources and water infrastructure are not sufficient to address the challenges of urban water insecurity. Desalination is considered one...

NATO flag

Professor John O'Loughlin: Ukrainians in our survey weren’t enthusiastic about NATO exercises close to Russia

Jan. 21, 2022

The Kremlin’s defense strategy depends on keeping a buffer between the Russian heartland and Europe Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the United States and NATO against encroaching in Russia’s backyard. Specific Russian concerns include Western support to the Ukrainian government that involves military training , procurement , exercises, infrastructure...

Factory construction next to ocean

The Cement-Steel-Infrastructure Interface: China’s Export and Investment Boom in the Philippines

Jan. 21, 2022

Alvin Camba, Korbel School of International Studies Denver University In Person: GUGG 205 Jan 21, 2022, 3:30 PM Or Join Zoom Meeting: Abstract: In the Global South, the population’s demand for economic involvement has been met by an infrastructure drive. Through the Belt and Road Initiative, China has financed...

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

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...