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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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PhD Dissertation Topics

Dec. 14, 2018

Cross-Scale Analysis of Surface-Adjusted Measurements in Digital Elevation Models by Mehran Ghandehari Digital terrain data forms the basis for geospatial analysis and modeling in many disciplines. Terrain is commonly modeled on a grid of pixels, assuming that elevation values are constant within any single pixel of a Digital Elevation Model...

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2018 Fall Newsletter Published

Dec. 13, 2018

The 2018 Fall Newsletter has been published and is available for viewing. The newsletter is packed with department news, alumni updates, and student and faculty articles. Contents: Bill Travis : Message from the Chair, pgs 2-3 von Dreden Stacey Fellowship Winners, pgs 4-6 Mark Serreze : Climate Change Becomes Persona...

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Risky subjects: vulnerability and uncertainty in the global pesticide boom

Nov. 30, 2018

Globally, pesticide use is increasing significantly faster than food production. The vast majority of the world’s food producers depend on pesticides, and most of those users live in the global south. I present data from Northern Laos, until recently among the world’s lowest per capita pesticide users, to explore the...

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“Differentiated citizenship” and the persistence of informal rural credit systems in Amazonia

Nov. 9, 2018

In the Brazilian Amazon, the long-distance river trading system known as aviamento has linked commodity producers in remote areas to markets in urban centers since the colonial period. Based on a case study from the rural municipality of Lábrea, this presentation explores continuities and changes in river trading from the...