Overseas Adventure on the Island of Zanzibar

Dr. Sambu and Students Studying Abroad in Zanzibar A student studying seaweed farming in Zanzibar

Dr. Daniel Sambu and CSH students traveled to Zanzibar as part of the 2018 and 2019 Tanzania Study Abroad Program.

The Zanzibar Archipelago, located about 35 miles off the Tanzanian mainland in the Indian Ocean, contains the islands of Unguja, Pemba, and several other small islands. The Archipelago has rich marine resources that form the backbone for socioeconomic and cultural values for the inhabitants.

Despite these resources, the majority of people live in poverty due to many factors, including climate change and conflicts with tourism. The students joined women’s groups to learn about the seaweed farming process, the benefits, and the related challenges.

For more information, please check out the article in the CSH Winter Newsletter!

Taylor Prill Wins First Place for WLDAAG Poster

Taylor Prill ('20) won first prize ($100) for her undergraduate research poster that was presented virtually at the West Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers (WLDAAG) on November 13, 2020. Her research, conducted with Dr. Joan Bunbury, is titled, "Loss-on-ignition analysis to service organic and carbonate content of a lake sediment core, southeast Wisconsin."

Congratulations, Taylor!

Taylor Prill with Her First-Place Poster

Deadline for Poehling Memorial Scholarship: November 6, 2020

Ryan Poehling Memorial Scholarship Flyer 2020

Welcome Dr. Md Rafiqul Islam and Ryan Good to UW-La Crosse

We are excited to welcome Dr. Md Rafiqul Islam and Ryan Good as Associate Lecturers in the Department of Geography and Earth Science. 

Dr. Islam joins the department after recently defending his dissertation, "A synoptic approach to the south Asian monsoon climate" at Kent State. Dr. Islam will be teaching the following courses in the Fall:

  • ESC 101: Earth Environments lecture and lab
  • ESC 221: Weather and Climate lecture and lab

Ryan Good comes to UWL from the University of Florida, where he will defend his dissertation this fall. He specializes in the areas of human-environment geographies; sustainable development; environmental justice, and environmental science and Earth science system. Ryan will teach the following courses in the Fall:

  • GEO 102: Maps & Society
  • GEO 110: World Cultural Regions
  • GEO 202: Contemporary Global Issues in Sustainability & Environmental Science

Geography & Earth Science kudos

Niti Mishra

Niti Mishra, Geography & Earth Science, presented "Unmanned Aerial Systems for Integrated Vegetation Management on ROW: Potential and Limitations" at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) invited Webinar on Aug. 21 in virtual presentation.

Submitted on: Sept. 1, 2020

John Kelly

John Kelly, Geography & Earth Science, authored the article "Village-scale reserves in the forest frontier regions of Chenes and Calakmul, Mexico" in Journal of Land Use Science published on Aug. 1 by Taylor & Francis.

Submitted on: Aug. 10, 2020

Niti Mishra

Niti Mishra, Geography & Earth Science, co-authored the article "Greening and browning trends across Peru’s diverse environments" in Remote Sensing published on July 28 by MDPI.

Submitted on: July 31, 2020

Niti Mishra and Jackson Radenz

Niti Mishra, Geography & Earth Science, and Jackson Radenz, Geography and Earth Science, co-authored the article "Species-Level Vegetation Mapping in a Himalayan Treeline Ecotone Using Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Imagery" in "ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information" published on Nov. 18, 2018 by MDPI.

Submitted on: Nov. 19, 2018

John Kelly

John Kelly, Geography & Earth Science, co-authored the article "From Cognitive Maps to Transparent Static Web Maps: Tools for Indigenous Territorial Control in La Muskitia, Honduras" in "Cartographica" published on April 19, 2017 by University of Toronto Press. As indigenous groups claim a fundamental role in the governance and management of the territories they inhabit, the evolution of digital and web-based maps continues to offer tools that support these activities, while demonstrating to state governments, educators, and others the distinct indigenous concepts and practices. In this article, UWL Assistant Professor Kelly and his co-authors recount the pioneering participatory mapping work they have led with indigenous Miskitu, Tawahka, and Pech communities in Honduras. One of their maps is featured on the cover.

Submitted on: April 20, 2017

2019 Geographic Information Science Poster Competition Winners

1st Place Sophie Pitney and Carly Martinco
2nd Place Jeff Henderson
Honorable Mention Carly Martinco and Gabrielle Geller

2019 Geographic Information Science Poster Competition Winner

Thanks to all who participated in making this a successful event.


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Display of student work from John Kelly's "Great Cities" First Year Seminar (FYS 100)