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.

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Nishant Upadhyay: Spaces of Intimacies and Complicities: South Asians and Canadian Settler Colonialism

March 13, 2020

Abstract: This talk explores Indigenous and South Asians intimacies that exist within and across the afterlives of imperialism in what is known as Canada, and theorizes dominant caste Indian diasporic complicities in ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples and lands. The talk draws from research on sites of resource extraction, logging...

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Panel discussion: Fire and Climate Change in Brazil

Feb. 28, 2020

This panel of scholars will put Brazil’s recent period of forest fires into a larger historic, political perspective. Moderated by Joe Bryan , Associate Professor, Geography Panelists Peter Newton Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program Colleen Scanlan-Lyons Project Director, Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Jennifer Balch Associate Professor, Geography Marcos...

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Timbo Stillinger: Observing Snow from Space: Snow / Cloud Discrimination and Opportunities in Water Supply Forecasting

Feb. 21, 2020

Abstract: Satellites provide the most consistent and reliable measurements of snow and ice globally with estimates of snow-covered area, grain size, and concentration of light-absorbing particles creating global potential to improve existing operational forecasts and enable forecasting of water supplies for regions with little to no in situ forecasting. A...

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AGU Preview: Short talks by graduate students

Dec. 6, 2019

Four Geography graduate students will present a preview of the talks they will give at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting: Kate Hale : Streamflow sensitivity to climate warming: A shift from snowfall to rainfall and changing surface water inputs Erika Schreiber : A Comprehensive Look at 40 Years...

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Research Misconduct: What it is, what it’s not, and how to know

Nov. 22, 2019

John O’Loughlin Professor of Geography and Fellow, Institute of Behavioral Science Chair, CU-Boulder Standing Committee on Research Misconduct Greater attention to issues of research misconduct has been evident in universities, funding agencies and amongst the public. Like other research-intensive institutions, CU Boulder has clear guidelines about misconduct and procedures to...

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Charting the Outlines of a Tibetan Cartography

Nov. 15, 2019

Presentation by Kenneth Bauer, Anthropology, Dartmouth College Drawing upon fieldwork in western Nepal, the Tibet Autonomous Region, and the eastern Tibetan Plateau as well as historical and contemporary maps, I will argue that there is a recognizable but as yet underappreciated body of knowledge and traditions that comprise a Tibetan...

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How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

Nov. 8, 2019

Anthropology Colloquium Series Co-Sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Department of History Presentation by Dr. Lee Dugatkin Hale 230, Nov 8, 4 PM Abstract: For the last six decades a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog...

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Eric Perramond: Unsettled Waters: Rights, Law, and Identity in the American West

Nov. 1, 2019

Eric Perramond Environmental Science and Southwest Studies Professor, Colorado College Abstract In the American West, water adjudication lawsuits are adversarial, expensive, and lengthy. Unsettled Waters is the first detailed study of water adjudications in New Mexico. The state envisioned adjudication as a straightforward accounting of water rights as private property...

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Virginia Iglesias: If the trees burn, is the forest lost?

Oct. 25, 2019

Virginia Iglesias Research Scientist Earth Lab Abstract Socio-environmental dynamics are driven by top-down changes in climate and bottom-up positive (destabilizing) and negative (stabilizing) biophysical feedbacks involving disturbance and biotic interactions. When positive feedbacks prevail, the resulting self-propagating changes can potentially shift the system into a new state, even in the...

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Aaron Bobrow-Strain: The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

Oct. 18, 2019

Book presentation by Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Author and Professor of Politics at Whitman College. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography, Latin American Studies Center, and the Department of Sociology. Book Title The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story (Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux on...

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