Our Colloquia Series presents engaging research from around the world. Guest presenters cover varied topics from all aspects of Geography. This page lists abstracts from past and future colloquia.

Geography Colloquium Series

The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and Other American-Afghan Entanglements

Feb. 17, 2017

Geography Colloquium Series

Building a computationally intensive science program at CU Boulder - Earth Lab’s Earth Analytics Initiative

Feb. 10, 2017

Abstract: The deluge of readily available, large spatio-temporal data from both air- and space-borne sensors, high fidelity in situ sensor networks, citizen science-driven in situ observations and social media platforms, combined with increased availability of high performance and cloud computing resources has yielded new opportunities to advance both science and...

Geography Colloquium Series

Glacial changes on the Tibetan Plateau since the 1970s and their hydrological effects

Dec. 9, 2016

Geography Colloquium Series

Infrastructures of Eviction: Indonesian Migrant Labor in the Transnational City

Dec. 2, 2016

Abstract: This paper examines the multiple scales and spaces of eviction that shape Indonesian migrant workers' journeys from urban margins to work sites in global cities. It traces migrants' life histories as a lens onto the spatial struggles that animate their marginal positions across multiple landscapes of urban redevelopment. The...

Geography Colloquium Series

Remote sensing of global terrestrial seasonal snow water equivalent: the role of microwave-observing systems

Nov. 18, 2016

Abstract: A decline in the northern hemisphere terrestrial seasonal snow extent has been observed from satellite observations, especially in the springtime at high latitude. Snow mass or snow water equivalent (SWE) is an important variable in the annual water budget of river catchments in cold regions, especially in places that...

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,...