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Spring 2019

paul sutton
Paul Sutton

Changes to the Global Value of Ecosystem Services: A Market Failure?
Speaker: Dr. Paul Sutton,
Associate Professor, University of Denver
Date: March 8, 2019 (Texas GSRS Keynote Presentation)
Time and Location: 4:00 PM in ELA 116
 


 

matt fry
Matt Fry

Law, Territories, and the Geography of Urban Drilling
Speaker: Dr. Matt Fry, 
Associate Professor, University of North Texas
Date: February 21, 2019
Time and Location: 5:00 PM in ELA 116
 


alexandra ponette gonzelez
Alexandra Ponette-Gonzelez

Smoke- and dust-in-rain: source of nutrients and pollutants to terrestrial ecosystems
Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Ponette-Gonzalez,
Associate Professor, University of North Texas 
Date: February 22, 2019
Time and Location: 2:00 PM in ELA 116


 


jennifer collins
Jennifer Collins

Some Physical and Social Aspects of Hurricane Research
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Collins,
Associate Professor, University of South Florida 
Date: January 25, 2019
Time and Location: 2:00 PM in ELA 116

 


 


Fall 2018

clio andris
Clio Andris

Interpersonal Relationships in Geographic Space
Speaker: Dr. Clio Andris, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Date: November 9, 2018
Time and Location: 2:00 PM in ELA 116
Watch the presentation on YouTube

 


bradley wilson
Bradley Wilson

Food Deserts, Disparities and Democracy: Action Research for Spatial Justice in Appalachia
Speaker: Dr. Bradley Wilson, Associate Professor, West Virginia University
Date: September 7, 2018
Time and Location: 2:00 PM in ELA 116


 


steven gray
Steven Gray

Harnessing Collective Intelligence for Conservation and Environmental Problem-Solving
Speaker: Dr. Steven Gray, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Date: October 12, 2018
Time and Location: 2:00 PM in ELA 116
Watch the presentation on YouTube


 


Christian Birkel
Christian Birkel

Gaining Confidence in Hydrological Models through Improved Understanding of Catchment Functioning
Speaker: Dr. Christian Birkel, Associate Professor, University of Costa Rica
Date: October 26, 2018
Time and Location: 2:00 PM in ELA 116
Watch the YouTube video


 


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  • pamela yatesFilm 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         


    Radical Presence:  Black Faces, White Spaces & the Possibility of Uscarolyn finney
    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
    Finney-Carolyn-Colloquium-Poster.pdf
    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).


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

    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.

  • Green infrastructure and the hidden politics of michael finwoodurban stormwater governance in a postindustrial environmental city
    Michael Finewood, Ph.D.
    Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University
    September 29, 2017
    @mikefinewood | mfinewood@pace.edu
    Finewood--Michael-Colloquium-Flier.pdf


    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.


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



     

    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.  http://gum.columbian.gwu.edu/


     

    Farmed Space in the Community : A Cross-Channel Comparison of Two yvon le caroRural 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
    Le-Caro--Yvon-Colloquium-Flyer.pdf

    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.


    Just Transitions in the Coastal Zonepatrick heidkamp
    C. Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D.
    Department of the Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University
    November 10, 2017
    Heidkamp--Patrick-Colloquium-Flyer---REVISED.pdf



    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.

  • Hydrologic extremes in Central Texas--extreme floods andraymond slade
    droughts

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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.

  • Making Noise with Big Data: Generative Chamber Music in Attributeandre skupin Space
    André Skupin Ph.D.
    Center for Information Convergence and Strategy, San Diego State University
    October 14, 2016
    Skupin--Andre-Colloquium-Poster.pdf

    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.


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

    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.

  • Parks, Playas, and Powwows: Designing a Field Guide to the Contemporary william wyckoffAmerican West
    William Wyckoff Ph.D.
    February 19, 2016
    WyckoffBillColloquiumFlier.pdf
     

    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.


    The potentials and political pitfalls of transformative rural tourism in donna seneseprotected 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
    SeneseDonnaGSRSColloquiumFlyer.pdf

    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.


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

    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.


     

  • Reading Mexican Border Town Pasts with Photographic Postcardsdaniel arreola
    Department of Geography, Arizona State University
    October 2, 2015
    Arreola--Daniel-Colloquium-Flyer.pdf

    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.


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

    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.


    When Ethnicity Becomes Race:  American Lessonsjohn frazier
    John Frazier Ph.D.
    Department of Geography, Arizona State University
    November 20, 2015
    Frazier--John-Colloquium-Flyer.pdf

    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.

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

    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.


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

    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.

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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.