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Fall 2017


SUPO (Student Urban Planner's Organization) members Amanda Padilla, Craig Garrison, and Emilio Levario won the Legacy Project competition at the 2017 Texas APA Conference in Frisco, Texas on November 1-3.

Andy Sansom received the “Water for Life Award” at the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum on November 6.

Christina Lopez was named a recipient of the “Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi’s Love of Learning Awards” for Fall 2017.

Don Huebner and the participants to the Summer 2017 study abroad in Iceland and Norway won the “Bobcats Abroad Banner” photo award from Texas State University on November 9 (photographer: Andy Pinon).

PhD student Paepin Goff (advisor: Butler) received an imagery grant from the Digital Globe Foundation totaling $16,500 for her doctoral research..


Christi Townsend was interviewed by the Texas Standard (KUT/NPR) on climate change/extreme weather and how it affects viticulture in the Texas Hill Country on November. Details here.

Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, delivered the 18th annual Gilbert M. Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture at Texas State University on November 29. The lecture, titled “Generation Geography,” addressed the importance of human and physical geography--how people interact with the environment and each other.

Dr. David Butler’s 2005 paper on beaver dam failures was recently cited in the “Daily Commercial News.” Link at:

Ron Hagelman wrote an editorial for the October NCGE’s newsletter titled “Teachers: America’s Second Responders,” a reflection on the “army of teachers, counselors, church leaders, parents, and community leaders who, as the dust settles and the ground dries, march onto evolving disasterscapes with a commitment to helping their communities heal, recover, and thrive once again.” The editorial is available at

At the October 25-28 SWAAG meeting in Huntsville, our undergraduate and graduate students received several awards:

  • Texas State Wild Rice - First Place Team, Geography Bowl (Joshua Hodge, Walter Furness, Jeanett Bosarge, Alisa Hartsell, Ross Martin, Thomas McNeal)
    texas wild rice
    Texas Wild Rice Team
  • Joshua Hodge - First Place Individual, Geography Bowl
  • Shadi Maleki - 2nd Place Graduate Paper Competition
  • Fangda Lu - 3rd Place Graduate Poster Competition

maggie hutchins  Maggie Hutchins, Program Director of Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE), was honored recently at the October 20-22
  Texas Council for Social Studies (TCSS) Conference with the Outstanding Service Award.


Mark Carter received the 2017 College of Liberal Arts Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jennifer Devine (Co-PI), Bernardo Aguilar (PI), and David Wrathall (Co-PI) received a grant from Future Earth for the project “Drug Trafficking and Central American Protected Areas: Focusing on Participatory Governance to Conserve Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity.” Amount of the award: $149,280.

Jason Julian (PI) and Rusty Weaver (Co-PI) received a grant from the Meridian Institute for the project “Analysis of Demand for Stream Mitigation Credits in Colorado.” Amount of the award: $63,287.

Alberto Giordano (Co-PI) and Tim Cole (Co-PI) received a grant from the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund in the UK for the project “Mapping Holocaust Rescue and Survival in Budapest.” Amount of the award: £49,570 ($67,500).

Summer 2017

ncrge Dr. Injeong Jo receives new grant for Transformative Research

Dr. Don Huebner leads a highly successful study abroad trip to Norway

hagelman lavy Dr. Ron Hagelman and Dr. Brendan Lavy highlighted in KUT 90.5 news story

Texas State geography department's graduate program featured in Spring 2017 issue of ArcUser

Dr. Rebecca Davio has been selected for the 2016 College of Liberal Arts award for Excellence in Grant/Contract funding

alberto giordano  Dr. Alberto Giordano voted President-Elect of UCGIS (University Consortium for Geographic Information


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Dr. Jennifer Devine voted the "2016 International Studies Professor of the Year"


Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Jensen, Co-PI on the following grant for 2017-2019:

Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. “Developing a process and conservation application for Landscape Conservation Design for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative”.  Clay Green, Jennifer Jensen, Thom Hardy (Co-PIs).  $200,000.

Ph.D. candidate Joshua Hodge receives $1,000 graduate scholarship from the Texas State Graduate College.

2017 AAG Awards and Honors

PhD student Paepin D. Goff (advisor: Butler), received the M. Gordon "Reds" Wolman Doctoral Student Research Award from the AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group;
PhD student Joshua Hodge (advisor: Dixon) was elected to the position of PhD student board member of the Coastal and Marine Specialty Group;
MAG student Elizabeth Yarbrough (advisor: Hiner) won the student paper competition from the Wine, Beer, Spirits Specialty Group;
MS student Paula Jones (advisor: Weaver) received the "Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition" award from the Urban Geography Specialty Group;
PhD student Shadi Maleki (advisor: Hagelman) was elected to the position of Council Representative for The Graduate Student Affinity Group;
Dr. David Butler received the James J. Parsons Distinguished Career Award, "In Recognition of Outstanding Lifetime Achievements in Biogeography", from the AAG Biogeography Specialty Group;
Dr. Sarah Blue received a 2017 AAG Research Grant;

Ana Yanes-Garcia received a regional Alpha Chi $250 scholarship. She was also elected the Region I student representative to the National Council of Alpha Chi.

ross martin  Doctoral student Ross Martin receives the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Congratulations Chunhong "Chloe" Zhao on receiving the Joseph E. Pryor Fellowshipchunhong zhao


Drs. Jason Julian, David R. Butler, and Kimberly Meitzen receive NSF grantnsf grant award.


maellenocaward  Ph.D. candidate Maël Le Noc has wins the  2016-2017 CSGS Outstanding Master's Thesis
  Award in Digital Scholarship.

raymondslade  Dr. Raymond Slade delivers talk titled, "Hydrologic  extremes in 
  Central Texas:  extreme floods and drought".



ben zhan awardDr. Benjamin Zhan receives the Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award


Fall 2016

alberto giordano

Dr. Alberto Giordano wins award for outstanding achievement in international education.


monica medel  Ph.D. student Monica Medel receives 2016 USGIF Scholarship


David R. Butler, Regents Professor, has been appointed Editor of the Annals david r butlerof the American Association of Geographers with a focus on environmental science and physical geography.  His term will begin on January 1, 2017, and will run until December 31, 2020.


Yongmei Lu featured on KVUE news discussing how climate change affects yongmei luthe spread of diseases.


Injeong Jo receives national grant from the NCGE Centennial E. Willard and injeong joRuby S. Miller for Research in Geographic Education


 Yunuen Regadas (Ph. D. candidate) receives full scholarship by CONACyt the Consejo Nacional yunuen regadasde Ciencia y Tecnología (National Council of Science and Technology)

mael le noc Maël Le Noc (advisor: Giordano) has won The Graduate  College’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in Digital
Scholarship for his thesis, “Family Arrest and Separation
during the Holocaust in Italy.” Maël will receive $500 and
will be recognized at The Graduate College’s Awards Ceremony next April.  He has also been entered into the Conference of Southern Graduate School’s competition for best master’s theses in the above-mentioned category.

Congratulations to Texas State's Geography team , the Texas State Wild Rice, for winning the Geobowl competition at the SWAAG Meeting in Denton,Texas. The GeoBowl Team is composed of: Tom Shelton (coordinator), Joshua Hodge, Walter Furness, Paula Jones, Mael Le Noc, Katie Alegro, and Elizabeth Yarbrough. Paula Jones was one of the top individuals and will represent our Regional Team at AAG in 2017.

Two of our students won awards in the student competitions: Ioannis Kamarinas (advisor: Dr. Jason Julian) won 2nd place in the Graduate Student Paper category, and Grant Moss (advisor: Dr. Jason Julian) won 3rd place in the Graduate Student Poster category.

Spring 2016

graciela sandolval  Graciela Sandoval selected as 2016-17 Grosvenor Scholar


tim loftus  Dr. Tim Loftus featured in Texas Tribune article


sansom  Andrew Sansom receives Lifetime Achievement award


kedrowski  Kedrowski mentioned in CNN article


national center  NSF fund Texas State University $400,000 research grant


butler book Dr. David R. Butler releases new book


holocaust  Dr. Alberto Giordano is Co-Investigator on a Digital    Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for
 the Humanities for a project titled “Visualizing Spatial Experience in the Holocaust.” The team awarded the project will employ computational linguistics and natural language processing techniques to study how Holocaust survivors use spatial terms to describe their experiences. Testimonies from the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Center collection would provide the sources for the preliminary study.

aag awardCongratulations to AAG 2016 award recipients


marcedonio cartave  Student reflections of Dr. Marcedonio Cortave lecture


publications  Examples of faculty publications


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Texas Education Atlas team demonstrates technology at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Event.


yongmeiDr. Yongmei Lu, together with Dr. Bing Xu from Beijing Normal University, are selected to receive the Elsevier Atlas Award for their article“Impact of climate change on human infectious diseases: Empirical evidence and human adaptation”. The article was published in Environment International. Atlas articles are selected by an external advisory board from thousands of recently published articles across Elsevier’s 1,800 journals. The purpose is to showcase research that can (or already has) significantly impact people’s lives. Drs. Lu and Xu will be presented with the Atlas trophy by Elsevier at an award ceremony this summer.

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  Dr. Fenda Akiwumi, PhD Geography, 2006
Dr. Akiwumi earned her PHD in Geography from Texas State University in 2006.  She is currently Associate
  Professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. Akiwumi has served as chair of the UNESCO International
  Hydrological Program (IHP) Expert Advisory Group on Water and Cultural Diversity and has published a highly
  regarded book and papers in top-tier academic journals. Dr. Akiwumi is known internationally as an expert in
  water resources and mining in West Africa. (credit - College of Liberal Arts)
  Watch the YouTube video courtesy of vcYES Productions

AAG 2016 Award Recipients

Lawrence Estaville
: AAG Enhancing Diversity Award
Claire Stone: 1st place Winner, Undergraduate Student Paper Competition, Business Geography Specialty Group
Yahan Teng: Inaugural Illustrated Paper Award (with $100), China Geography Specialty Group

students  Undergraduate students receive Texas View Research  and Education Grants


alberto giordano  Holocaust Research Collaborative



jennifer jensen  Jennifer Jensen named Rising Star


Fall 2015

favorite professors

Congratulations to (top row) Drs. Denise Blanchard, Sarah Blue, Alberto Giordano, (bottom row) Ron Hagelman, . Russell Weaver, and Benjamin Zhan who were recognized as “Favorite Professor” by the Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society at an induction ceremony on Friday, 13 November 2015.

Monica Medel wins $5000 scholarship from the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundationmedel

kedrowskiDr. Jon Kedrowski '10 quoted in CNN article titled, "What happens to your body on Mount Everest?"


Summer 2015

Dr. David R. Butler received the "Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in david r butlerReviewing", from the Editors of Geomorphology (Elsevier) for 2015.



Spring 2015

andrew sansom

  Meadows Center's Andy Sansom honored as hero of Gulf conservation


Dr. Lawrence Estaville presented with the 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award, AAG Ethnic Geography Specialty Group at AAG Meeting in Chicago.lawrence estaville


Former Ph.D. student Clayton Whitesides and Regents' Professor David R. Butler have co-organized and co-edited a special issue of a leading journal, Physical Geography.  The issue contains papers by current and former students and current faculty of the Geography Department, including Rachel Cavin, Susan Peters, Stephen Tsikalas, Clayton Whitesides, Dr. Christi Townsend, Dr. Rich Dixon, and Dr. David Butler.


rain nox

Phd student Rain Nox receives Runner-up Award in 3MT Competition.

Watch her presentation on YouTube.

MAG Student Jordan Adams receives grantjordan adams



graciela sandoval

Doctoral student Graciela Sandoval wins the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award ($500) for Fall 2015.

Three geography Phd students recently attended the Alpha Chi National College Honorary Society conference in Chicago, IL. Monica Medel, current Texas State Phd geography student received Alpha Chi's most prestigious award for $5000. Brendan Lavy and Erin Dascher also made student and chapter presentations at the conference. Press Release

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Dr. David R. Butler receive The Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award.


Dr. Lawerence Estaville publishes 9th booked titled, Teaching Ethnic Geography in the 21st Century.

Fall 2014

monica medel

Doctoral Student Monica Medel wins first place at paper competition at the Sixth International Research Conference for Graduate Students.

edris montalvo

Dr. Edris Montalvo '10 wins prestigious Hackler Award at Cameron University.

laura cano amaya

Doctoral Student Laura Cano-Amaya discusses her experiences at international conferences and research. Read more...

gtu logo The Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Texas State University earns the Presidential Honors
 Chapter Award
for 2014.



Drs. Michael Solem and Dick Boehm have been awarded $200,000 by the National Science Foundation for the project "RAPID: Geospatial Resources, Materials, and Tools for STEM Teacher Preparation." This is the first award that results directly from the creation of NCRGE, an initiative of the AAG, the Grosvenor Center, and Texas State Geography.

Dr. Jason Julian has been awarded $72,184 by the National Science Foundation for the project "Collaborative Research: Cross-Scale Interactions Among Climate, Land-Use, and River-Water Quality."

Dr. Jennifer Jensen, Co-PI on NSF grant, "CC*IIE Networking Infrastructure: Enabling and Improving Data-Driven Research at Texas State University," has been awarded the sum of $499.896.

kanika verma

Dr. Kanika Verma nominated for the 2014 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Award for her dissertation titled, "Geospatial Thinking of Undergraduate Students in Public Universities in the United States."

jason julian

Dr. Jason Julian, a 2012 Fulbright Scholar, was recently interviewed at the US Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand,

david butler

Dr. David R. Butler's new book, "Fire Lookouts of Glacier National Park", was recently published in the Great Falls Tribune, as well as the Hungry Horse News from Columbia Falls, Montana.

Several online news sources also ran a story on the book which include: The Daily Inter, The Bulletin, The Lewistown Morning Tribune, The Missoulian, and several other sources.

alberto giordano

Dr. Alberto Giordano’s-led research on the Holocaust featured at

Spring 2014

ron hagelman Dr Ron Hagelman, current Regional Councilor for SWAAG, elected to Chair of the
 AAG Regional Division Councilors