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Research and publications

Geography and Earth Science faculty and students are constantly working on remarkable and innovative research. Below you can find some of the latest developments, from conference presentations to book publications!

Current Research Projects

  • La Crosse River Marsh Lead contamination study
  • Isle Royale National Park Lead contamination project
  • Mississippi River biological community
  • Working with USGS with automated feature extraction software recognition developing land covers, experimenting with software, goal, getting it to process wetland vegetation and delineate different landcovers as well as research mississipi pools
  • Development of interactive web campus maps by students
  • Understanding the effects of climate on the ancient community of Aztalan, south-central Wisconsin
  • Mapping and modeling land use change in Ganges Delta Region, India
  • Wildlife conservation and community water access conflicts in Kenya
  • Reconstructing hydroclimatic variability during the past 2000 years in the Upper Midwest

Recent Publications

Hargan, K.E., Rühland, K.M., Paterson, A.M., Holmquist, J., MacDonald, G.M., Bunbury, J., Finkelstein, S.A., Smol, J.P. 2015. Long-term successional changes in peatlands of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canada inferred from the ecological dynamics of multiple proxies. The Holocene 25: 92-107

Ryan L. Perroy, Colin S. Belby and Cody J. Mertens (2014) "Mapping and modeling three dimensional lead contamination in the wetland sediments of a former trap-shooting range," Science of the Total Environment  487: 72-81. Available as a PDF.

Julie Loisel, Zicheng Yu, David W. Beilman, Philip Camill, Jukka Alm, Matthew J. Amesbury, David Anderson, Sofia Andersson, Christopher Bochicchio, Keith Barber, Lisa R. Belyea, Joan Bunbury, et al. (2014). "A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation," The Holocene.  Special issue: Holocene peatland and carbon dynamics in the circum-Arctic region: 1-15. Available as a PDF.

Finkelstein, Sarah A., Bunbury Joan, et al. (2014). “Evaluating diatom-derived Holocene pH reconstructions for Arctic lakes using an expanded 171-lake training set.” Journal of Quaternary Science 29(3): 249-260. Available as a PDF.

O'Reilly, Benjamin C., Finkelstein, Sarah A.,  and Joan Bunbury. (2014). “Pollen-Derived Paleovegetation Reconstruction and Long-Term Carbon Accumulation at a Fen Site in the Attawapiskat River Watershed, Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canada.” Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 49(1): 6 - 18. Available as a PDF.

Gargi Chaudhuri and Keith C. Clarke (2014). "On the spatiotemporal dynamics of the coupling between land use and road networks: does political history matter?," Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design.  In press

Chaudhuri, Gargi, Oxley, Steven and Scott Wenzlaff. (2014). “Chapter 10. Mapping Spatiotemporal Patterns of Liquor Law Violation Citations During Oktoberfest in College Town of La Crosse, WI,” in Forensic GIS: The Role of Geospatial Technologies for Investigating Crime and Providing Evidence, (G.A. Elmes et al., Eds.). Dordrecht: Spring Science+Business Media.

Chaudhuri, Gargi and Keith C. Clarke. (2013). “Temporal Accuracy in Urban Growth Forecasting: A Study Using the SLEUTH Model.” Transactions in GIS 18(2): 302-320. Available as a PDF.