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Colloquium Series

Spring 2018

pamela yates
Pamela Yates

Film Screening + Discussion
with award-winning director Pamela Yates
and executive producer Paco do Onís
March 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Alkek Library Teaching Theater

Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
March 28, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Evans Liberal Arts 116                                       

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact (512) 245-3937 or at least 72 hours in advance of the event.


carolyn finney
Carolyn Finney

Radical Presence:  Black Faces, White Spaces & the Possibility of Us
Carolyn Finney Ph.D.
College of Arts and Science,Geography, University of Kentucky

Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm, followed by a reception with the speaker
J.C. Kellam Building, 11th Floor, Reed Parr Room
Parking available at Edward Gary Garage
Parking ticket will be validated at the event
Watch the video now. Credit: Victoria Vasquez
                                        “Overall, it was the most gratifying event in my Texas State experience.” Nathaniel Perkins

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. is a writer, performer and cultural geographer at the University of Kentucky. As the author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans and the Great Outdoors, she is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. Along with public speaking, writing and consulting, she serves on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board and is part of The Next 100 Coalition - a first-of-its-kind coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community leaders from around the country who put together a vision statement and policy document on diversity and public lands for the Obama Administration. She is currently working on a number of projects including a new book that explores identity, race, lived experience and the construction of a black environmental imaginary and a performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited).

jennifer baka
Jennifer Baka

Knowledge Cartographies: Evaluating the Mobilization of Competing Knowledge Discourses in US Hydraulic Fracturing Rulemaking
Jennifer Baka, Ph.D.
Department of Geography, Penn State University
January 26, 2018



Jennifer Baka conducts interdisciplinary research on energy policy using research methods from political ecology, industrial ecology, and resource geography. Dr. Baka has also worked in the energy industry for numerous years, first as an economic consultant in Washington, DC and second as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France. For nearly a decade, Dr. Baka has been researching international biofuel policies, primarily in India. More recently, she has been examining unconventional energy policy in the US.

Fall 2017

michael finewood
Michael Finewood

Green infrastructure and the hidden politics of urban stormwater governance in a postindustrial environmental city
Michael Finewood, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University
September 29, 2017
@mikefinewood |

Michael Finewood is a human geographer and political ecologist with research and teaching interests in environmental governance, water, and urban sustainability, with explicit attention to critical geographies and justice. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of South Carolina, where he trained as a social scientist who works on challenges in socio-ecological governance. Over his career Dr. Finewood’s interests have focused on environmental perception, expertise, and decision-making, with a concentration on water and society. He has conducted research on the social and ecological impacts of coastal development, resource extraction, urban farming, and urban stormwater governance. His current project explores the challenges of water governance across the politically and ecologically fragmented Bronx River watershed.

Marie Price
Marie Price

Revisiting Global Immigrant Gateways:  Hyper-diverse, Established and Emerging Turnstiles of Human Settlement
Marie Price, Ph.D.
Geography and International Affairs, George Washington University
October 20, 2017


Marie Price is a Professor of Geography and International Affairs at George Washington University where she has taught since 1990. A Latin American and migration specialist, her studies have explored human migration’s impact on development and social change.  She is President of the American Geographical Society and a non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Her current research is on the spatial dynamics of immigrant inclusion and exclusion in cities as well as innovations in geographic education.  She is also interested in participatory mapping and open source platforms as a way to engage students in research, service, and analysis. She is co-author of the leading textbooks in world geography: Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment and Development, 7th edition (2017, Pearson) and Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World, 5th edition (2016, Pearson). Her publications also include a co-authored report Migrants’ Inclusion in Cities: Innovative Urban Policies and Practices (2012, United Nations), co-edited book Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities (2008, Syracuse University Press) and over 50 refereed articles and book chapters.  She maintains a website, Globalization, Urbanization and Migration (GUM) that provides data on immigrants (foreign-born) for over 200 metropolitan areas of 1 million or more people throughout the world.

Yvon Le Caro
Yvon Le Caro

Farmed Space in the Community : A Cross-Channel Comparison of Two Rural Areas in Concern with Urbanization, Mid Devon and Coglais
Yvon Le Caro, Ph. D.
Rural Geography and Planning, Université Rennes 2 — Rennes Cedex - France
November 1, 2017


Yvon Le Caro is a rural and social geographer, teaching as assistant professor in Rennes 2 University and in the CNRS lab "Spaces and societies" (ESO), focusing his research on local relationships between farmers and non farmers. He is elected member of the scientific commission of Rennes 2 University and leads the MS degree “Social dynamics and spatial planning” (Master Dysater).

Dr. Le Caro has also been an agricultural economics advisor, a rural development volunteer, and has performed academic research in rural geography and planning.

patrick heidkamp
Patrick Heidkamp

Just Transitions in the Coastal Zone
C. Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D.
Department of the Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University
November 10, 2017


C. Patrick Heidkamp is an Associate Professor in, and chair of, the Depart-ment of the Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences at Southern Connecti-cut State University and a visiting Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. He is also the co-director of the Connecticut State University System Center of Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education and an affiliate of the Economic Rights Research Group at the University of Connecticut. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from Sonoma State University. He is an environmental economic geographer with a current research focus on sustaina-bility transitions in the Coastal Zone. Dr. Heidkamp’s research and teaching in-terests are environmental economic geography, urban geography, the geography of food and agriculture, sustainability studies and the history and philosophy of geographic thought. He has interests in agro-food systems, urban food systems, urban waterfront revitalization, coastal zone transitions and the geography of economic rights.

Spring 2017

raymond slade
Raymond Slade

Hydrologic extremes in Central Texas--extreme floods and

Raymond Slade
Austin Community College, Northridge Campus, Austin, Texas
March 3, 2017


Raymond M. Slade, Jr. served as a Hydrologist for 33 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Texas until he retired 14 years ago. Since his retirement he has been an Adjunct Professor at Austin Com­munity College and a self-employed Consulting Hydrologist. He has served on committees and boards for several dozen water-resource related organizations, and has presented many talks and reports for local, statewide, and national conferences and conventions. He is Certified and Registered as a Professional Hy­drologist with the American Institute of Hydrology and has authored about 130 reports concerning Texas water resources, with topics including the Edwards aquifer, Roods, droughts, rural and urban hydrology, and water quality of surface and ground water.


caroline faria
Caroline Faria

"It's my day...and I want it big!": neoliberal globalization and the rise and rise of an East African wedding industry
Caroline Faria Ph.D.
Department of Geography & the Environment, University of Texas at Austin
March 24, 2017

Caroline Faria is a feminist political geographer working on gender, nationalism and globalization in East Africa. Through a feminist and postcolonial lens, she examines how the nation is bounded, reproduced and contested in the performances of gendered bodies and the interplay between nationalism and globalization in this process. Her current work focuses on the politics of beauty, following the production, distribution and consumption of beauty products from Dubai to Kampala and onto the emerging markets in the newly independent republic of South Sudan. Via a feminist commodity chain analysis, she explores the gendered, racialized and nationalized notions of fashion and beauty in the region, and the contradictory ways in which the foreign, the modern and the cosmopolitan are both celebrated and worried over in this industry.


kelley crews
Kelley Crews

Creating a Research Program of Geographic Intra-Disciplinarity… and Why
Kelly Crews Ph.D.
Department of Geography & the Environment, University of Texas at Austin
April 21, 2017

Kelley Crews research and teaching focus on 1) land change science in strongly seasonal systems, 2) integration of satellite- and field-derived measurements; and 3) health, vulnerability, and resilience of socio-ecological systems in developing states. She proudly practices "muddy boots" remote sensing and has over 18 years field experience in the global tropics, with much of her recent work focusing on Botswana. and water quality of surface and ground water.


Fall 2016

andre skupin
Andre Skupin

Making Noise with Big Data: Generative Chamber Music in Attribute Space
André Skupin Ph.D.
Center for Information Convergence and Strategy, San Diego State University
October 14, 2016


This seminar reimagines the concept of an aerial fly-over in the context of multivariate geographic data and in combination with dynamically assembled generative sound. Instead of serving as sonification in the traditional sense, the symphonic sound accompanies an animated stream of aerial photographs that follows a high-dimensional transect across the United States, displayed concurrently with dashboard panels highlighting patterns in geographic, attribute, and textural spaces. Visually, one becomes immersed in a space of colors and textures inhabited by the aerial photographs, while the similarity relationships driving the sequence of photographs and concurrent sound are derived from a completely different space, namely a 69-dimensional space reflecting climate, soils, geology, land use/cover, and population attributes. This experiment leverages a data set of 200,000+ area features covering the continental U.S., to which the above-mentioned attributes were attached in a previous study.


gregory jones
Gregory Jones

Climate, Grapes and Wine: Understanding Terroir Influences in a Variable and Changing Climate
Gregory Jones Ph.D.
Department of Geography & the Environmental Studies, Southern Oregon
November 18, 2016

Climate is a pervasive factor in the success of all agricultural systems, influencing whether a crop is suitable to a given region, largely controlling crop production and quality, and ultimately driving economic sustainability. Climate’s influence on agribusiness is never more evident than with viticulture and wine production where climate is arguably the most critical aspect in ripening fruit to optimum characteristics to produce a given wine style. This talk will provide an overview of regional to global research on 1) aspects of terroir that influences optimum quality and production characteristics, 2) the suitability of different winegrape cultivars to different climates, 3) how climate variability influences production and quality variations, and 4) how climate change has and will likely continue to alter the global wine region map.


Spring 2016

william wyckoff
William Wyckoff

Parks, Playas, and Powwows: Designing a Field Guide to the Contemporary American West
William Wyckoff Ph.D.
February 19, 2016

Dr. Wyckoff has studied the historical and cultural geography of the American West and the evolution of the region’s landscapes. He is the author of five books, including his most recent volume titled How to Read the American West: A Field Guide (2014). For this talk, Dr. Wyckoff will share his experience of putting together the Field Guide and highlight the importance of public lands in the West, with special attention to the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service


donna senese
Donna Senese

The potentials and political pitfalls of transformative rural tourism in protected areas: The Case of British Columbia’s Southern Interior Grasslands
Donna Senese Ph.D.
Department of Geography, University of British Columbia Okanagan|
March 24, 2017

Donna Senese is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Dr. Senese’s research and teaching interests are in the geographies and landscapes of tourism, rurality, parks and protected areas, food and wine. She is Executive Director of the Sonnino Working Group, an international trans-disciplinary research collective and is North American Director of Academics at the Sonnino Centre for International Studies at Castello Sonnino in Montespertoli, Tuscany where she continues her research in rural landscape change and instructs experiential courses in rural sustainability, tourism, food and wine.


tonny oyana
Tonny Oyana

The Data Science Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges
Tonny Oyana Ph.D.
Department of Prevention Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
April 15, 2016

Tonny J. Oyana is the Director of Spatial Analytics and Informatics, Research Center for Health Disparities, Equity, and the Exposome (RCHDEE) & Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.


Fall 2015

dan arreola
Dan Arreola

Reading Mexican Border Town Pasts with Photographic Postcards
Dan Arreola Ph.D.
Department of Geography, Arizona State University
October 2, 2015


Daniel Arreola is a professor of Geography at Arizona State University, where he teaches several courses including Mexican-American Borderland, Hispanic-Latino Americans, Urban Geography, and Arizona and the Southwest. His work focuses on the cultural geography of the Mexican-American borderlands.


deborah martin
Deborah Martin

When Ethnicity Becomes Race:  American Lessons
Deborah Martin Ph.D.
Department of Geography, Clark University in Worchester
October 23, 2015


Deborah Martin is a professor of Geography at Clark University in Worchester, Massachusetts, Dr. Deborah Martin is an urban geographer with interests in place identity, local politics, legal geography, qualitative methodologies, and social movements (particularly neighborhood activism). She conducts research on a range of topics (including urban forestry and housing community land trusts, both current projects) coalescing around themes of place identity and place-making,
geography and law, local politics, and human-environment relations.


john frazier
John Frazier

When Ethnicity Becomes Race:  American Lessons
John Frazier Ph.D.
Department of Geography, Arizona State University
November 20, 2015

John Frazier’s recent research and teaching foci involve the study of immigrant Diasporas in the United States, with immigrant Indian Americans a significant focus in the last few years, especially as they settle in gateway cities, and more specifically, in Eastern Queens, N. Y. and Santa Clara County, CA, the two largest Indian settlement in the U. S. His research examines the movements, destinations, and changes that immigrants create on landscapes, as well as their experiences in transitioning into the U.S. setting. Modification of cultural landscapes can affect ethnic tensions, and immigrant sense of belonging. His research and teaching also focus on the relationship between ethnicity and race in the American experience, both in historical and contemporary contexts. Images that are racially motivated can be hurtful and harmful, including how they shape and maintain racial geography in a race-place context.


Spring 2015

mona domosh
Mona Domosh

Practicing Development at Home: Gender, Race, and the “Development” of the American South
Mona Domosh Ph.D.
Department of Geography, Dartmouth College
February 20, 2015

Mona Domosh is a professor of geography at Dartmouth College, and is currently the President of the Association of American Geographers. Her research explores the intersections of gender, race, and class in the making of American empire in the first half of the twentieth century.Mona Domosh is a professor of geography at Dartmouth College, and is currently the President of the Association of American Geographers. Her research explores the intersections of gender, race, and class in the making of American empire in the first half of the twentieth century.


martin doyle
Martin Doyle

Alternative Reference Frames in River Science, Water Policy, and Environmental Law 
Martin Doyle Ph.D.
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
March 6, 2015


Martin Doyle is Professor and Director of the Water Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. His research is at the interface of science, economics, finance, and policy of water management and environmental restoration.


Fall 2014

martin thoms
Martin Thoms

The resilience of riverine landscapes?  A view point from down under
Martin Thoms Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of New England
September 8, 2014


Martin Thoms is the Director of the Riverine Landscapes Research Laboratory and Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. He is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of river ecosystems specializing in connections between freshwater ecology, hydrology and geomorphology.


margaret pearce
Margaret Pearce

Cartographic translations of situated knowledge: Design solutions for a traditional place names map 
Margaret Pearce Ph.D.
Department of Geography, University of Kansas
October 3, 2014


Margaret Wickens Pearce is a cartographer, Citizen Potawatomi, and an Associate Professor of Geography at University of Kansas. Her work is to explore and expand cartographic language through narrative and Indigenous studies.


sheryl luzzadder-beach
Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

Human and Natural Changes in the Maya Lowlands Wetlands
Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach Ph.D.
Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin
November 7, 2014


Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Her research and teaching expertise includes Hydrology, Geoarchaeology, Science and Human Rights, Physical Geography, Spatial Statistics, and Global Change.