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  • The 2015 newsletter, The DU Geographer, is now available. Click here to see what we've been up to this year.
  • Amir Siraj, recent PhD graduate, was co-author on an article entitled "Temperature and population density determine reservoir regions of seasonal persistence in highland malaria" in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. With high-resolution surveillance record on malaria that spans multiple years, the authors demonstrate that in addition to altitude (temperature), human population density is important to explain the locations where malaria cases persist during the low transmission season in an African highland region prone to epidemic outbreaks. The increasing effect of population density on cases is not typically accounted for in models for the population dynamics of the disease. As malaria risk decreases in more urban environments, this counter-intuitive finding identifies novel control targets during the low transmission season in African highlands. You can find his article at
  • Dr. Andrew Goetz was interviewed and quoted in a CBS News article about the demise of US Airways and what it means for the airline industry.

  • Dr. Andrew Goetz was also recently interviewed by KUNC about street space and conflicts between bicycle and automobile use.

  • 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
  • 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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