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Geography & the Environment

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  • The 2018 DU Geographer is now available. Click here to see what we’ve been up to.
  • Geography major Rachel Pierstorff is a recipient of the 2018 American Association of Geographers Marble-Boyle Undergraduate Achievement Award in Geographic Science!!
  • Doctoral student Sylvia Brady received the AAG/GPRM Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award at the regional meeting in October 2018.
  • New books authored by department faculty:

England, M. R., Fannin, M., & Hazen, H. (2018). Reproductive geographies: Bodies, places and politics. London: Routledge.

Goetz, A. R., & Boschmann, E. E. (2018). Metropolitan Denver: Growth and change in the Mile High City. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

  • Andrew Goetz was recently interviewed about Denver's ongoing troubles with commuter rail. Click here to learn more. 
  • Guiming Zhang joined the department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science (GISc) in September 2018. He obtained his PhD in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2018 where he also received an MS in Computer Sciences. Dr. Zhang’s research and teaching interests center on volunteered geographic information (VGI), spatial big data analytics, spatial statistics, and high-performance geospatial computing.

  • 2018 Student Awards -Each year we hand out awards to both graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in their scholastic endeavors.

Herold Fund Award Recipients. Created in 2010, this fund honors the memory of Professor Laurance C. Herold, a faculty member in the Geography Department from 1963 through 1996, who led many student field research expeditions, notably to study prehistoric agricultural terraces in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico. The Laurance C. Herold Fund supports field research by graduate and undergraduate students as part of their degree programs in the Department of Geography & the Environmen t.

Shannon Jones, PhD program, “Hydrology and Sedimentology of Coastal Catchments in Nicaraguan Seasonal Dry Forests”

Danielle Langworthy, PhD program, “Continuity and Change in Nicaragua: Perpetuating Land Insecurity through Tourism-Based Land-Grabbing”

Corey Martz, PhD program, “Urban Natural Places: Bringing Together Dominant and Alternative Natural Narratives”

Kelly Measom, MA program, “Informing Studies with Historical GIS: A Case Study Using Historical Maps to Characterize Century-Scale Land Use Change in the Czech Republic”

Anna Sveinsdóttir, PhD program, “Environmental Governance, Extractive Industries and Conflict: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Guatemala”

Jessica Villena Sánchez, PhD program, "Preliminary Fieldwork for Qualitative Study of the Mobility of Older Adults in Mexico City"

Dr. Robert D. Rudd Memorial Award. In recognition of graduate scholarship, research and/or exceptional departmental service in geography.

Madeline Kelley, Natalie Trivino, Daniel Zimny-Schmitt

Dr. Thomas M. Griffiths Memorial Award. In recognition of undergraduate scholarship and independent research in geography.

Rachel Pierstorff

Alan Bryce Henry Memorial Scholarship. This award is given to undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in Environmental Science.

Josie Valette

Enivronmental Science Program Award. In recognition of undergraduate scholarship and independent research in environmental science.

Sage Bard-Gilbert


Department Colloquium Series - Boettcher Auditorium 101 - Thursdays - 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Click  here  to see the Colloquium schedule for Winter 2019.