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  • 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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  • Graduate Students Grace Kellner, Meghan Mooney, Diego Pons, and Sylvia Brady (pictured above L-R) attended the joint regional meeting of the Rocky Mountain/Great Plains and Southwest Association of American Geographers in Albuquerque NM from October 23-25, 2014. The group won first place in the team Geobowl competition with Sylvia Brady placing in the top six individual scorers. Meghan Mooney won third place in the paper presentation and Diego Pons won second place in the poster session.
  • Ph.D. student Nikolai Alvarado published the results of his MA thesis in the Journal of Latin American Geography: Alvarado, N.A., Taylor, M.J. 2014. ¿Del mar quién es dueño? Artisanal Fisheries, Tourism Development and the Struggles Over Access To Marine Resources in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua. Journal of Latin American Geography, 13(3): 37-62.
  • Professor Paul Sutton gave a presentation on global resources and sustainability to retired professionals within the Physics Department on May 2, 2014.  Paul also gave this presentation during our spring colloquium series. Click here to watch the presentation. 
  • Ph.D. student Amir Siraj is co-author on a new article published in Science titled "Altitudinal changes in malaria incidence in highlands of Ethiopia and Colombia".  Additional authors include Santos-Vega M., Bouma M. J, Yadeta D., Ruiz Carrascal D., and Pascual M.
  • With contributions from Mrs. Patricia Lee Rudd, the Department of Geography & the Environment has established the Robert D. Rudd Memorial Endowed Fund.  The fund is in the memory of Dr. Robert D. Rudd, faculty emeritus for the Department.  The fund will continue to support awards to students on the basis of outstanding scholarship/research performance.
  • Two department faculty receive National Science Foundation grants!

Lecturer Russell Fielding received a NSF grant for his project titled "Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous People in Nordic Countries". The funds will be used to send twelve US-based students (graduate and undergraduate), including two DU undergrads, to a workshop held in conjunction with the Arctic Science Summit Week conference in Helsinki, Finland, to discuss the adaptation to climate change of indigenous people from the Arctic. Russel is the principle investigator on the grant and the co-PIs include Laura Lukes form NC State University in Raleigh, Laura Sharp form the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and Gerlis Fugmann from the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists in Norway.

Associate Professor Matthew Taylor also received a NSF grant for his project titled "Collaborative Research: Tree-ring drought reconstructions in Guatemala and Honduras". The project is in collaboration with Kevin Anchukaitis (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) and Edwin Castellanos (Universidad del Valle, Guateamala).  They will continue to expand the geographic range of dendrochronology in regions of Central America that may already be experiencing the early consequences of anthropogenic climate change.

  • Associate Professor Mike Daniels has received a US Fulbright Scholar Award to study in the Czech Republic next year as part of his planned sabbatical.  Mike will be conducting his research while based at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague on the topic of "Soils, sediments, and the legacy of medieval agriculture in Czech pluzina landscapes" Congratulations Mike! 
  • We are hiring a Post-Doctorate Fellow as part of the University's IRISE (Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality) initiative.  See the full details here
  • The 2013 Geography and the Environment Newsletter, The DU Geographer, is now available.  Click on the link to see what we've been up to this year.  
  • Ph.D. student Amir Siraj selected as recipient of the RM-URISA 2013 GIS Scholarship. The scholarship, to provide a financial award of $500 to students using GIS in their studies, received applications from students at six regional universities representing majors from six different disciplines and found Amir's application to be the most deserving. Congratulations Amir!

  • Ph.D. Student Gary Lavanchy wins Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship & GSAG Research Award

    Ph.D. Student Gary LaVanchy was recently awarded a Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Support for dissertation research from the Office of Graduate Studies, University of Denver. Merit-based on academic potential, highest caliber research and writing, and comprehensive exams passed with honors, and the GSAG Research Award, 1st place award from the Graduate Student Affinity Group (GSAG) of the Association of American Geographers for "Water Resources and Tourism Development along the Western Coast of Nicaragua: A Political Ecology Perspective."   Congratulations Gary.

  • Geography Student Lanna Giauque is awarded third place for Undergraduate Oral Presentation at the 2013 CSU Front Range Student Ecology Symposium. Congratulations Lanna!


Graduate Colloquium Series - Boettcher Auditorium 101 - Thursdays - 4 to 6 p.m.

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