The Geography and Earth Science Department is please to introduce our new faculties members joining us this fall. Dr. Niti Mirhra specializing in cartography and Dr. John Kelly specializing in human geography.
John Kelly is a human geographer focusing on Latin America, territoriality and land ownership, and indigenous peoples. A lifelong map lover, he was introduced to the geographic discipline by the late Peter Gould. Dr. Kelly studied geography at the University of Chicago, and landscape architecture at the University of California Berkeley. After seven years with conservation and rural development groups in Mexico, Dr. Kelly earned his geography doctorate at the University of Kansas, working with multinational research teams led by Peter Herlihy to better understand the cultural-political ecologies and dynamic territorial challenges and opportunities among indigenous peoples in Mexico and Central America. His current research uses participatory mapping and Web-based GIS to analyze the role of local reserves in Latin America.
Niti received B.A. (Honors) in Geography from University of Delhi, India and M.S. in GIS from Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. He completed his PhD in Geography from University of Texas where he also did post-doctoral research. His research interests lies in Cartography, Geovisualization and GIS applications for mapping, monitoring and management of natural resources. Niti has conducted research in diverse landscapes such as Glaciers in the Indian Himalayas, Agricultural systems in Thailand and more recently in savanna systems in southern Africa and Texas. At University of Texas, his dissertation research focused on understanding complex linkages between ecological patterns and processes in savanna ecosystem in southern Africa by combining field data with satellite image analysis. In his off time, Niti enjoys watching movies, hiking, cooking and experimenting with his DSLR.
The Geography and Earth Science Department wants to congratulate the following students who graduated on May 11, 2015: Paul Bernard, Taylor Boardman, Mathew Drummond, Gregory Dunn, Alexander Fernan, Katherine Godding, Jordan Keller, Danielle Kiewsow, Sean Millam, Devin Novakavic, Jonas Rugtvedt, Ryan Sands, Susan Smith, Sara Torgerson, Austin Wersal, Timothy Wilda and Kyle Willms We wish you all the best on the next set of adventures in your life.
Four students were initiated into the GTU on May 5, 2015: Kristy Ely, Danielle Kiesow, Jonas Rugtvedt and Nicholas Treankler. GTU is an international honor society in Geography dedicated to prompting Geography as a field of study/research and applying geographic knowledge and skills in services to humankind.
UWL was well represented at The Association
of American Geographers(AAG) 2015 annual meeting held April 21- 25 in Chicago,
Illinois. Two students and 4 faculty
members presented results from their research.
Student Jonas Rugtvedt presented in the Human Geography session on “Road
Network Analysis of Oslo, Norway”, and Dylan Hamel presented “Bike
Accessibility in La Crosse, WI” in the Bikeways and Bikesharing session.
Dr. Colin Belby, Dr. Cynthia Berlin, Dr. Gargi Chaudhuri and Dr. Daniel
Sambu also presented their research in sessions ranging from Human Impacts on
Watershed Processes to Rural Geography Research in Africa.
List of Presenters - Titles, Sessions
for UWL Geography and Earth Science Department
Dr. Colin Belby, - Measuring Ecosystem Response to Disturbance
in the Upper Mississippi River Using Floodplain Lake Sediment, Human Impacts on
Watershed Processes II Session
Dr. Cynthia Berlin - Wetland
Vegetation Identification for the Upper Mississippi River, Physical Geography
Dr. Gargi Chaudhuri – Spatio-temporal
dynamics between and land cover change and land surface temperature: A
comparative study between India and Bangladesh, South Asia: A land of
challenges, pathfinders and solutions - II Session
Dr. Gargi Chaudhuri - Road Network Analysis of Oslo, Norway, Human Geography
Sandager Hamel, Dr. Gargi Chaudhuri - Bike Accessibility in La Crosse, WI, Bikeways
and Bikesharing Session
Sambu - Wildlife conservation and community water access conflicts in northern
Kenya, Rural Geography Research in Africa Session
Taylor Blumenstein, a Geography and Earth
Science student, presented on “Analyzing
Land Use and Land Cover Change Surrounding Lakes in the Upper Midwest” at the Mississippi River
Research Consortium annual meeting.
The Geography and Earth Sciences Department was well
represented at The Celebration of Student Research and Creativity held on
Friday April 3, 2015. Our students
presented posters of their research, on subjects ranging from analyzing
sediment cores to studying transportation networks in La Crosse and Oslo
Norway. They found the event both challenging and satisfying. It was difficult to distill all the field-specific
research into an easily understood poster, but the encouraging feedback from
the larger UWL community made the effort worthwhile. Thanks to their Faculty
supervisors for the invaluable aid they provided.
Geography Faculty Featured in Campus News
Assistant Professor Paul Reyerson was featured in a news item about the La Crosse County Landfill.
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.
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.
The Geography and Earth Science Department would like to congratulate Jonas on this outstanding achievement!
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 Caitlin Cullimore , Jordan Keller , Kevin Krause and Susan Smith , and a poster prepared by Brittany Maule . Jordan Keller received an honorable mention for a poster that he prepared on his own. First place in the Advanced Category went to Arthur Brueske , and second place went to Corinne Rabay . Alicia Weeks received an honorable mention.
Congratulations to all of the winners and to all of those that participated in what is now an annual event!
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
Arthur Brueske 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 UWL to explore new research frontiers in the Upper Midwest.
In his off-time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking, and reading.