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Dr. Adam N. Wlostowski: Mutually intelligible variations in hydrologic function across the Critical Zone Observatory network: A step towards understanding the hydrologic coevolution of the critical zone

Nov. 10, 2017

The physical and biological architecture of the Earth’s Critical Zone controls hydrologic partitioning, storage, and chemical evolution of precipitated water. The Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) network is a consortium of field sites that provides an ideal platform to research linkages between catchment structure and hydrologic function across a gradient of...

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Wildfire 2017: A look into the future if we do not adapt

Nov. 3, 2017

British Columbia: 2017 Wildfire Index* Total number of fires: 1217 Ignitions by lightning on July 7: 138 Days in a provincial state of emergency: 69 Number of temperature records 'shattered' this summer: 85 Percent of province in moderate to extreme fire danger on August 10 and 11: >99 Size in...

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Waleed Abdalati: Earth from Space: The Power of Perspective

Oct. 27, 2017

Throughout history, humans have always valued the view from above, seeking high ground to survey the land, find food, assess threats, and understand their immediate environment. The advent of aircraft early in the 20th century took this capability literally to new levels, as aerial photos of farm lands, hazards, military...

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Cliff Riebe: How bedrock composition controls ecosystem productivity and drought resilience in the Sierra Nevada, California

Oct. 20, 2017

The availability of water and nutrients in soil and weathered rock influences the distribution of vegetation and its vulnerability to land use and climate change. We explored these relationships by combining geochemical and geophysical measurements at three mid-elevation sites in the Sierra Nevada, California, where a recent historic drought killed...

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Dylan Connor: Change and stability in the land of opportunity over the twentieth century.

Oct. 6, 2017

Over the twentieth century, it became more difficult for children born to poorer parents to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Declining upward mobility in the United States is now understood as a local problem, which could be addressed through place-based policy. Relatively little is known, however, of the malleability or historical...

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Colleen Strawhacker: Building Capacity for the Social Sciences and Indigenous Communities in the Arctic

Sept. 29, 2017

In this talk, Strawhacker discusses her work with social scientists and Indigenous communities in the Arctic to build digital tools to ensure data and information are ethnically shared and managed for the future. As a result of the ‘open data’ movement, an increased focus on how data should be attributed...

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Bradley Tatar: Place-making, Landscape and Materialities: Whales and Social Practices in Ulsan, Korea

Sept. 22, 2017

In the southeastern coastal city of Ulsan in Korea, people continue to defy the global taboo on eating whale meat, which they believe is an important social practice for local identity. The Nam-gu District in the City of Ulsan has created the Special Zone for Whale Culture as a spatial...

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Luke Bergmann: For Geographical Imagination Systems (GIS)

Sept. 15, 2017

What if our GIS were Geographical Imagination Systems? How might we develop GIS that understand space as relational and that reflect knowledge as positioned and interpretive? What might a GIS more adequate to the theoretical commitments of the critical social sciences and theoretical humanities look like? Here, I will approach...

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Dr. Mark Serreze: Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North

Sept. 1, 2017

As recently as the 1980s, the Arctic was largely the same Arctic that had enchanted humankind for centuries. But over the next decade, scientists began to notice changes. There were hints that the floating sea-ice cover at summer’s end was receding, accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation. Air temperatures over...

Geography Colloquium Series

Ending cheap nature?

May 5, 2017

Abstract: One thing that neoclassical economists and critics of capitalism agree on is that status quo economic processes are adept externalization machines. That is, our economic system is dependent on bargain-basement waste disposal sites, spaces, and bodies; it relies on enormous amounts of what Jason Moore calls “cheap” or free...