Adriana Bailey

Geography Alum: Three degrees of inspiration

March 3, 2021

Alumni are making a difference across the globe; meet a trio of them It’s no secret that the spectacular beauty and endless recreational opportunities of the Rocky Mountains lure herds of students to the University of Colorado Boulder. But it doesn’t take long for most to recognize that CU Boulder...

Burned Trees from the West Fork Complex Fire in 2013.

Subsequent years of beetle kill and wildfire slow regeneration of Colorado forests

Feb. 22, 2021

Conifer trees — spruce, Douglas fir, and pine trees — make up many of Colorado’s subalpine forests, essential habitats for many of the state’s birds and small mammals. These historically dense forests are also essential for sequestering and storing carbon, and hold snowpack during the winter, making them necessary in...

Pro-Russian militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic conduct military exercises at a shooting range not far from the city of Gorlivka, Ukraine, on Jan. 28.

John O'Loughlin: Ukrainian Resident’s Divided Views on the Donbas Conflict

Feb. 22, 2021

Geography Professor John O'Loughlin Two new articles from The Washington Post and Global Voices both feature research conducted by Professor John O’Loughlin , from the Program on International Development and his colleagues. On February 12, 2015 the Minsk II accords left the Donbas region territorially divided with the Ukrainian government...

Holly Barnard

Holly Barnard Awarded a Boulder Faculty Excellence in Leadership & Service Award

Feb. 10, 2021

Exciting news for Holly Barnard and the department! She recently recieved the following letter: Dear Professor Barnard, It is a pleasure to write to you with the news that you have been chosen to receive a Boulder Faculty Excellence Award for AY 2020-2021. There were many nominations submitted to the...

A forest in the San Juan range of the Rocky Mountains, with dead Engelmann spruce trees alongside live aspen trees.

Combined bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire spell uncertain future for forests

Feb. 9, 2021

Banner image: A forest in the San Juan range of the Rocky Mountains, with dead Engelmann spruce trees alongside live aspen trees. (Credit: Robert Andrus) Bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire alone are not a death sentence for Colorado’s beloved forests—but when combined, their toll may become more permanent, new CU...

Phurwa Gurung

Phurwa Dhondup Published in Geoforum Journal

Feb. 8, 2021

Phurwa Gurung has a new article titled " Challenging Infrastructural Orthodoxies: Political and Economic Geographies of a Himalayan Road " published by Geoforum Journal . Highlights Road increases vulnerability to food insecurity in multiple ways in the Himalaya. As much as it connects, road is also a source of distantiation...

Johannes Uhl

U.S. Urbanization Over Time

Jan. 26, 2021

Johannes Uhl Stefan Leyk's research team has two new publications. Johannes Uhl is the lead author on both. One is in Nature's Communications Earth & Environment and the other in Earth Systems Science Data . The papers feature the research team's historical settlement data sources and studies on urban development...

Lynn Staeheli

Obituary: Lynn Staeheli, former faculty member

Jan. 4, 2021

Our former colleague, Lynn Staeheli, passed away December 20th 2020 at her home in Tucson, AZ. Lynn joined the department as an assistant professor in 1989 after completing her PhD at the University of Washington. Subsequently she was promoted to Associate and Full Professor. She taught courses in urban, political...

Babs Buttenfield

Babs Buttenfield Awarded AAG Distinguished Teaching Honors

Dec. 15, 2020

PRESS RELEASE Embargoed for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C….The American Association of Geographers (AAG) announced the recipients of its 2021 AAG Honors, the highest honors bestowed on its members. Distinguished Teaching Honors Barbara “Babs” Buttenfield , University of Colorado-Boulder, for her career-long devotion to GIScience education. Buttenfield, who established...

Web page screenshot of commencement video for grads

Geography Fall 2020 Graduation

Dec. 14, 2020

2020 Graduates, congratulations on your success and your accomplishments. Please see a commencement video of department chair Emily Yeh and associate chairs Holly Barnard and Stefan Leyk.