Geography Colloquium Series

Mining Development, Resource Conflicts, and El Niño Migrations in Highlands New Guinea

Nov. 11, 2016

Abstract: In this talk, I examine the interaction of multinational resource extraction, intergroup violence related to resource entitlements, and migrations to mitigate El Niño-caused droughts and frosts on people in the west-central highlands of Papua New Guinea. Despite 25 years of mining development in the Porgera valley resulting in severe...

Geography Colloquium Series

Offshoring the border: The evolution of bilateral approaches to controlling irregular migration

Oct. 28, 2016

When the EU signed an agreement with Turkey last Spring to “end the irregular migration” from Syria using containment and return measures, it was framed as a radical departure from normal border control practices. But in fact, countries that attract high volumes of irregular immigrants have increasingly come to rely...

Geography Colloquium Series

Conservation and Restoration of Alpine Ecosystems in the Himalaya and the Andes: New Challenges for the 21st Century

Oct. 21, 2016

Alpine ecosystems throughout the world have been heavily impacted by human activities, especially during the past 20 to 30 years with the exponential growth of mountaineering, trekking, and adventure tourism to remote mountain regions. The most common impacts include the removal of slow-growing alpine shrubs and cushion plants by lodge...

Geography Colloquium Series

Climate Games: Power, Politics and Protest

Oct. 18, 2016

My research has been particularly focused on how spatial processes and relations of social movement practices are manifested across a variety of scales; how the particularities of specific places influence the character and emergence of various forms of conflict; how social movement practices are constitutive of different relationships to space;...

Geography Colloquium Series

Farmer Participation in a Climate-Smart Future: A Case Study of the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project

Oct. 14, 2016

Abstract: The global agriculture sector is responsible for up to 25% of the world’s anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions though direct emissions from agricultural practices and indirect emissions from converting forests to cropland or pasture. Globally, these emissions are increasing most rapidly in the developing regions of the world. However,...

Geography Colloquium Series

Beyond “Broader Impacts”: Reflexivity and Reciprocity in Transdisciplinary Coupled Human-Natural Systems Research

Oct. 7, 2016

Abstract: The Mongolian Rangelands and Resilience (MOR2) project was developed collaboratively by physical, ecological and social scientists, pastoralists, conservation practitioners and government decision-makers. We aimed to 1) increase understanding of the effects of climate change on Mongolian pastoral systems, 2) investigate the role of formal community-based rangeland management in building...

Geography Colloquium Series

Los Otros Dreamers

Sept. 30, 2016

The Cultural Unity and Engagement Center, Latin American Studies Center , Center to Advance Research & Teaching in the Social Sciences , the International Student and Scholar Programs, Department of Geography, and the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies bring the author of Los Otros Dreamers, Jill...

Geography Colloquium Series

How the West was Spun: Science, Development and the De-politicization of Fire

Sept. 23, 2016

Abstract: Diverse actors in the American West extract profits and surplus value from fire-prone areas at the urban periphery while inserting considerable social risks and costs back onto the landscape. To better excavate and highlight these drivers of increased wildfire risk (a process labeled ‘the Incendiary’) I suggest a shift...

Geography Colloquium Series

A Stirring Place: Indigenous Resistance in the Mariana Islands

Sept. 16, 2016

Abstract: This project examines local responses to challenge US militarization and colonization in Guåhan (Guam). I argue that efforts to “protect and defend” Guåhan’s sacred sites focus on issues of ancestral land, language, sovereignty, and environmental justice. They also rely primarily on actions that both depend on and reinforce communicative...

Geography Colloquium Series

vonDreden Stacey fellow presentations

Sept. 9, 2016

Presentations by the undergraduate recipients of the vonDreden Stacey Fellowships "The Hydrology of Betasso, a closer look at an intermittent tributary to Boulder Creek" presented by Kristina Cowell "Queering Spaces: Being Gay in Rio de Janeiro" presented by Brooke Long "Lenin Down, a look at Ukraine's Nationalist Revival" presented by...