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Geography & the Environment

Geography and Environmental Science Alumni

Since the founding of the Department of Geography in 1945, we are proud of the approximately 800 alumni from our graduate and undergraduate programs. We are always interested to learn of the activities of our alums, so please take a moment to complete the alumni update form using the "Alumni Update" link.

Moreover, we are extremely grateful to our alumni for their support of the department through financial contributions. Their donations make it possible for us to offer new and exciting programs to our students, provide financial assistance to our graduate students to support their research expenses and to attend conferences to present their research, maintain and replace much needed lab and field equipment, and allow us to support our technological needs. Contributions are always greatly appreciated and there are still many things that can be done with your generous remembrances. See Give to NSM if you are interested in making a donation.

Alumni Events

The Department of Geography held it's first annual Alumni Reception for graduates of the MSGISc program in July to conicide with the annual esri User Conference in San Diego, CA. Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, alumni, prospective students and friends of the Department who came to the event. It was wonderful to see old, and new, faces as well and network with others who are interested in GISc. We encourage you to look at photos from the event here.

Recent news from alumni

Tilottama Gosh (PhD, 2010) co-authored a paper with with faculty member, Paul Sutton, in the November 2013 issue of Sustainability titled: Using Nighttime Satellite Imagery as a Proxy Measure of Human Well-Being (T Ghosh, SJ Anderson, CD Elvidge, PC Sutton - Sustainability, 2013).  Their paper has also been written about in University of Colorado Boulder's Arts and Sciences Magazine .

Jeff La Frenierre (MA, 2009) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Geography at Gustavus Adolphus College to begin in the fall 2014.

Cornelia M. Carpenter (BA, 2011) is mapping the land -- and spirit -- of the Australian rainforest.  She is feature in this article "Mapping the Rainforest" from the School of Field Studies

Carolyn Hicks Anderson (BA, 1966) retired from National Geographic Magazine, in Washington, D.C., in 2000, after 31 years as a research editor.  Specializing in earth science articles, she followed the developing sciences of plate tectonics and climate change as they evolved, and was fortunate to work on the major science articles the magazine published. These included articles on volcanoes, acid rain, the discovery of oceanic hydrothermal rifts and their life forms, and six articles on Mount St. Helens. She and her husband returned to Colorado, where she and her husband continue to enjoy living in the Front Range.

Terry Meyer (BA, 1975) got  a master's degreeat Tufts in 1995 in environmental policy, and a certificate in GIS from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She worked as a GIS technician, analyst, and manager for various places: Town of Brookline, The Nature Conservancy, RI-DEM, etc. She taught skiing in Aspen, when it was still a fun place in 1979-83. She continues making maps for land trusts. She says 'Life is good, but I miss Denver and all that fresh air.'

William A. Howard (MA, 1960) is professor emeritus of the City and Regional Planning College of Architecture and Environmental Design at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo; vice president for Marketing Parallel Design Studios San Luis Obispo, CA; and consultant to numerous local governments in California.

Joseph Capesius (MA, 1997) recently deployed with the Army Reserves 994th Engineer Company to Afghanistan for the next year.

Christine Richter (MA, 2005) is pursuing her PhD degree in urban and regional planning in geo-information management at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation in the Netherlands. She did some research in South India and did some GIS mapping in that area. She participated in the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure conference in Rotterdam last June. 

Eileen Ernenwein (BA, 2000; MA, 2002) graduated from the University of Arkansas with a PhD in environmental dynamics in 2008.  She also has a 16-month old baby boy. Eileen continues to work closely with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas developing cutting-edge software for the processing and integration of multidimensional archaeogeophysical data. Starting in the fall she will be teaching and outreach for the department of Geosciences at East Tennessee State University. She has started her own consulting business last winter. Eileen has conducted geophysical surveys and archaeological investigations in North America' Great Plains, Rocky Mountains Region, Sacramento Valley, and the American Northwest, Southwest, Mid-South, and Southeast. She has also lent her expertise to clients at Petra, Jordan, Phoenician sites in Portugal, and in Tiwanaku, Bolivia.

More Alumni News in our 2013 Newsletter, The DU Geographer.