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  • Professor Paul Sutton co-authored a chapter in The Economics of Land Degradation report for the United Nations.  You can find the report and chapters (3a and 3b) here.  Coverage on the report can be found at the Guardian and International Business Times
  • Dear Geography Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Students...

It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that Thomas Flanagan, MA in Geography (2007) was killed in an accident while riding his bike on Lookout Mountain in Golden on August 21. Based on the news story link (please see below), Tom was riding downhill when he was hit by a car. The driver of the car, apparently intoxicated, was driving uphill, crossed a double yellow line to pass a car and hit Tom. Tom died two hours later.

Tom completed his MA in Geography in 2007 after writing his thesis “Mapping Perceived Wilderness to Support Protected Areas Management in the San Juan National Forest, Colorado.” Dr. Sharolyn Anderson was Tom’s advisor. Tom taught Geography at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver before starting the MA program. After graduation from DU, Tom was hired by the National Park Service (NPS), Environmental Quality Division, in Denver.

This is a really sad and tragic loss, and our hearts go out to Tom’s family and friends. He leaves behind his wife, Carrie, and his 7 year old son, Owen. Tom was the sole provider for the family, working at the National Park Service, while Carrie home-schooled Owen. The Flanagan-Jantz family is accepting donations at the following site:

Tom Flanagan


  • Geography major Madeleine Meredith received notice from the Undergraduate Research Center at DU that her proposal entitled "Discourses of Development Through the Lenses of Art and Science" has been funded. The funds will enable her project this summer in Nicaragua where she will create a public mural that depicts the rapid changes taking place along Nicaragua's Pacific coast. This mural will incorporate data from land cover and land use change analysis as well as feelings about the change gathered from local residents. The resulting mural will we a collaborative effort undertaken in close collaboration with the community of Gigante.
  • Ph.D. student Gary LaVanchy was awarded the "Best Doctoral Student Paper Award" from the Water Resources Specialty Group of the AAG.  The award was based on a manuscript submitted several months prior to the conference.  The paper deals with struggles over groundwater resources along the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.  
  • M.S. student Mollie Doerner was featured in University of Denver Magazine for her efforts to work toward a greener DU.  Read the article here.
  • Congratulations to two Graduate Students: Sarah McCall, received the University of Denver Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Diego Pons, received The University of Denver Graduate Studies Inclusive Engagement Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Congratulations doctoral student  Diego Pons Ganddini. He has been awarded the AAG Latin America Specialty Group Field Study Award, which is designed to enable preliminary field research. Diego's preliminary research this summer is related to this research entitled "Climate Change and Coffee Adaptation: Developing Dendroclimatological Records In the Southern Volcanic Chain of Guatemala." He is pushing the boundaries of climate science in Central America and intends to tie climate records to agriculture in Guatemala.
  • Professor Andrew Goetz and his co-authors of the book Denver International Airport: Lessons Learned (McGraw Hill, 1997) wrote a short commentary that appeared in the Denver Post February 28 in observance of the 20th anniversary of the opening of Denver International Airport: To read the article click here.
  • The 2014 Geography and the Environment Newsletter, The DU Geographer, is now available. Click here to see what we've been up to this year.



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The sixteenth offering of the Field Quarter will be in Fall Quarter, 2015. The Field Quarter (FQ) is designed to allow courses to be taught largely in the field without conflict with other classes. Click the link to read more information and to obtain the application form.  -APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015-   STUDENT APPLICATION FORM THE FIELD QUARTER, FALL 2015