Congratulations Fall 2014 Graduates!
The Geography and Earth Science Department would like to congratulate all of its graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Congratulations to Dr. Rafique Ahmed on his retirement!
Past and current faculty and staff met on Saturday, December 6
to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Ahmed effective the end of the year. Dr. Ahmed has been a valued faculty member since 1984. We wish him all the best in his retirement.
2014 Ryan M. Poehling Memorial Scholarship Recipient - Jonas Rugvedt
The Geography and Earth Science Department would like to congratulate Jonas on this outstanding achievement!
GIS Student Poster Competition
The Department hosted its second Poster Competition on Friday December 5
in Cartwright Center. Over 40 students from Dr. Gargi Chaudhuri's Introduction to GIS and Fundamentals of Cartography courses, Dr. Colin Belby's Field Methods course and Dr. Joan Bunbury's Spatial Data Analysis course participated in the competition. There was a tie for first place in the Beginner Category between a poster prepared by
, and a poster prepared by
received an honorable mention for a poster that he prepared on his own. First place in the Advanced Category went to
, and second place went to
received an honorable mention.
Congratulations to all of the winners and to all of those that participated in what is now an annual event!
Recent Conferences and Presentations
Dr. Joan Bunbury
gave a talk at the Geological Society of American Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C. in October. Her talk was titled
Observed changes in aquatic ecosystems over the past 20 years in the Upper Midwest
presented a poster entitled
Land Cover Mapping and Change Analysis: Dhaka, Bangladesh
at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day in August, 2014. This was the undergraduate research he conducted during the summer of 2014 with Dr. Gargi Chaudhuri.
The Geography and Earth Science Department would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest faculty member. Paul received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Geography at St. Cloud State University where his research focused on focused on paleoenvironments of the interior Pacific Northwest. During his time as a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geography, Paul conducted research involving soils, geomorphology, and biogeochemistry. His study areas spanned from Nebraska to Illinois, with a special focus on the Driftless Area of the Upper Midwest. As a University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Botany post-doctoral associate, he studied forest-grassland dynamics in the interior of Hawaii's Big Island. As a research associate with the University of California, Irvine, Keck-CCAMS Group Earth System Science Department, Paul researched the presence of carbon in microscopic grains of silica produced by plants, called phytoliths.
Paul's research is multidisciplinary, connecting the fields of soil science, geomorphology, ecology, and archaeology, and aims to better understand how terrestrial environments have changed through time. He also is keenly interested in linkages between biotic and abiotic systems - particularly plants and soils - and how they can influence each other. Paul will continue his work in both of these research areas, and looks forward to working with students and faculty at UW-L to explore new research frontiers in the Upper Midwest.
In his off-time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking, and reading.
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