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

Sowing New Seeds: Prisoner Reentry and Restorative Food Justice

Feb. 19, 2016

Abstract: The current system of mass incarceration entrenches inequality and segregation. Before, within, and after people enter prison, they experience a range of structural barriers and institutional biases that make it difficult to break out of the prison pipeline. This talk investigates a network of food justice and restorative justice...

Geography Colloquium Series

Changes to the Global Value of Ecosystem Services: A Market Failure?

Feb. 12, 2016

Abstract: In 1997, the global value of ecosystem services was estimated to average $33 trillion/yr in 1995 $US ($46 trillion/yr in 2007 $US). An updated estimate based on updated unit ecosystem service values and land use change estimates between 1997 and 2011 is presented. Some critiques of the 1997 paper...

Geography Colloquium Series

A Land Made From Water: Appropriation and the Evolution of Colorado's Landscape, Ditches, and Water Institutions

Feb. 5, 2016

Former water resources administrator for the city of Boulder's open space program, Robert R. Crifasi has written a deeply researched, deftly written guide that is both informative and entertaining, even for lay readers. Widely regarded as one of the area's bona fide water experts, Crifasi sat on the boards of...

Geography Colloquium Series

Global records of lake surface temperature reveal a century of warming

Jan. 22, 2016

Abstract: Recent studies have shown significant warming of inland water bodies throughout the world. To better understand the patterns, mechanisms, and ecological implications of global lake warming, an initiative known as the "Global Lake Temperature Collaboration" (GLTC) was started in 2010, with the objective of compiling and analyzing lake temperature...

Geography Colloquium Series

Facing the North Slope's future: Indigenous experts and scientists co-assess a changing environment

Dec. 11, 2015

Abstract: The climate, sea ice, and coastal regime of Alaska’s North Slope has substantially changed over the last few decades as coastal temperatures have increased and sea ice concentration in the adjacent seas has decreased. Indigenous users of sea ice and local planners increasingly must interpret and respond to change...

Geography Colloquium Series

Segmented Re/integration: Divergent Post-Deportation Trajectories in the US-El Salvador Transnation

Dec. 4, 2015

Abstract: The U.S. is in the midst of a Great Expulsion. Record rates of non-citizens are forcibly expelled from the country each year, but little is known about their post-deportation experiences. This project draws from life history narratives of 100 persons deported to El Salvador since the mid-1990s. After outlining...

Geography Colloquium Series

Too big, too hot, too soon: Testing for fire-catalyzed changes to forest resilience in a warming climate

Nov. 6, 2015

Abstract: Fire is the dominant natural disturbance that shapes many temperate and boreal forest ecosystems, but climate warming and associated increased wildfire activity have led to widespread concern that forests may be less resilient now and in the future. How big can forest fires get before forests are slow to...

Geography Colloquium Series

To Honor the Spirit of the Land: Indigenous Resource Management and Political Ecology

Oct. 30, 2015

Abstract: With the increasing sophistication of tribal environmental programs that seek to protect and reclaim authority over lands and resources, how are Native nations reconciling the institutional framework of “resource management” with traditional teachings on proper relationships with nonhuman beings? How might the intersection of political ecology and Indigenous studies...