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Sarah Posner & John O'Loughlin: East Africa Climate Change

In 2008 and 2009, a severe drought swept through much of Kenya and Tanzania. Nomadic herders, or pastoralists, such as the Maasai people in Tanzania, pushed south in search of greener expanses, bringing tens of thousands of cattle with them. What happened next was largely unprecedented: Locals from a region...

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Tainted Grapes, Tainted Lungs: Extreme Wildfire Impacts to Undocumented Latina/o and Indigenous Migrants

April 29, 2022

Michael Mendez Assistant Professor School of Social Ecology Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy University of California, Irvine In Person: GUGG 205 Apr 29, 2022, 3:30 PM Or Join Zoom Meeting: Zoom login required (free account available at ) Abstract As climate change advances, communities across the...

Tim Oakes

Tim Oakes Wins Outstanding Mentor Award

April 27, 2022

The Graduate School is pleased to recognize 18 dedicated faculty members who received this year’s outstanding faculty mentor awards. The nomination materials showcased their many contributions in mentoring graduate students and supporting the mission of graduate education. We appreciate their service and offer our heartfelt congratulations.

Xiaoling Chen in hospital

Xiaoling Chen: Ethnographic research of hospital space in China

April 25, 2022

Xiaoling Chen, PhD Candidate, Geography Department, University of Colorado Boulder “For the People’s Health”: Transforming Hospital Spaces, Recasting Medical Expertise Ling is a coastal, hilly county in Southern China with a humid and semi-tropical climate. Although having a population of over one million, it is at times considered rural, with...

Jennifer Fluri

Jennifer Fluri: Message from the Chair, Spring 2022

April 25, 2022

The spring semester began with in-person classes and masks on. This eventually transitioned to masks optional, and we ended the semester with our first in-person graduation since 2019. The Geography Department’s graduation celebration included students from previous years along with the 2022 graduating class. It was wonderful to see students...

Pam Showalter

Pam Showalter, PhD 1993

April 25, 2022

I taught at the University of Toledo, then Texas State University, retiring in 2010 as an Associate Professor with numerous peer-reviewed articles and a co-edited book, "Geospatial Techniques in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis" under my belt. My retirement coincided with the start of a new, five-year journey, during which...

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Jessica DiCarlo, PhD 2021

April 25, 2022

Chevalier Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Transportation and Development in China Institute for Asian Research, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs University of British Columbia After moving from the California coast to the Rocky Mountains to the karsts of northern Laos, I’m thrilled to return to the Pacific and be...

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Behzad Vahedi Update

April 25, 2022

This past February, I received the Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting 2021. According to the AGU, "this honor is awarded for only the most exceptional presentations during AGU Fall Meeting 2021." I am a PhD student...

Katie Clifford

Katie Clifford, PhD 2019

April 25, 2022

I graduated from CU with a PhD in Geography in December 2019. My dissertation research combined approaches from natural hazards, climate adaptation, political ecology, and science and technology studies (STS) to understand why emerging environmental and climatic hazards remain invisible and unmanaged. Specifically, I explored how and why western dust...

Xi Wang overlooking bay

Xi Wang, PhD 2021

April 25, 2022

Xi Wang (Ph.D. 2021), Assistant Professor, Institute for Energy Studies and Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, Western Washington University I completed my Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder in May of 2021, while the world was still quite unsure what was happening with the COVID-19...