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November 16, 2016

Dave Imus and the Cultural Importance of Paper Maps

111220_cbox_imusmap-jpg-crop-original-originalToday (Nov 16th) at 3:00pm in the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, renowned Oregon Cartographer Dave Imus will give a talk about the cultural history of paper maps, and why we would do well to understand it. Dave Imus created a beautiful map of the US that will demonstrate the real art of cartography!

November 14, 2016

Do good in the world: Humanitarian Mapping event Tues, Nov 15th

On Tuesday, from 5-7pm in Condon 163, Drs Chris Bone and Leslie McLees will guide students through a Humanitarian Mapping exercise. This will be a chance to establish a Youth Mappers branch at the UO Campus while giving students skills in citizen cartography. Please join us at 5pm (we’ll even feed you!) for the tutorial and mapping extravaganza.

November 8, 2016

Geography Awareness Week 2017! Events galore!

It’s that time of the year again: Events promoting Geography at Oregon! We have an action-packed week. Please join us!

Mon Nov 14th: An exhibit in the Willamette Hall atrium. Huge, beautiful maps of Yellowstone, the Virtual Reality Stream Table, InflateoGlobe and some games. 10am-1pm.

Tues, Nov 15th: A visit from UO Geog Alum Emma Brenneman (’15).Emma has been up to a lot of different projects since she graduated. She has some great perspective and ideas to share. This will be a great discussion no matter where you are in your undergrad program. You can read Emma’s entry in the alumni blog here. She will visit us in Condon 206 from 4-5pm. We’ll wrangle some snacks together for that one, too.

Tues, Nov 15th: Humanitarian Map-a-thon! Hosted by Dr. Chris Bone and me in InfoGraphics (Condon 163) 5-7pm. We’re going to learn how to do real-world projects in real time that provide data of humanitarian causes. We’re still finalizing the project, and I”ll let you know as soon as I find out! Plus, PIZZA!

Wed Nov 16th: Join the Department of Geography and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in welcoming Cartographer Dave Imus to give a talk entitled “How Paper Maps Enrich Our Lives: A Cultural History of Cartography” at 3pm in the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Thurs Nov 17th: The newest member of our Geography faculty, Dr. Lucas Silva will present a talk entitled “Placing soil-plant-atmosphere interactions at the forefront of climate change research” at 4pm in Condon 106.  Please join us at 3:30 in Condon 108 for snacks before the talk.

If you have questions, please email Dr Leslie McLees, Undergraduate Coordinator, at We hope to see you around!

October 31, 2016

Tea Speaker Series Nov 3rd: Jarvis Kennedy of Burns-Paiute to speak about Malheur

jarvis-kennedyJoin us for a talk by Jarvis Kennedy, a Councilman of the Burns-Paiute Tribe, entitled “Malheur Occupation: A Native American Perspective.”

Mr. Kennedy will provide a Native American perspective on the events of the occupation last Winter. This will be especially poignant given the recent verdict handed down in Portland quitting the Bundy’s of charges relating to the occupation.

Jarvis Kennedy is a Burns Paiute Tribal Councilman of the Burns Paiute Tribe, born and raised in Burns, Oregon. Jarvis is a spokesperson for the Tribe. He spoke out against the occupation of the Malheur from the beginning and continues to do so. He is also a men’s traditional dancer who loves to sing Native American songs to keep his Paiute traditions alive.
Weekly snacks begin at 3:15 in Condon 108. We will allow 15 minutes to walk to the Many Nations Longhouse for the talk at 4pm.

October 26, 2016

Tea Speaker Series Oct 27: Dr. Peter Walker to present on Malheur research


Join us for a talk by Geography Professor Dr. Peter Walker entitled “Understanding Malheur: Sagebrush Rebellion and community resistance in Harney County.” Dr. Walker spent a lot of time in the community of Burns during the Malheur Wildlife Refugee Occupation in January and February of 2016 and will discuss his findings about community resistance during the standoff. Please join us at 4pm in Condon 204. If you can, please join the department for snacks prior to the talk at 3:30 in Condon 108.


October 18, 2016

Career Development Series: What do you bring to the job, Tues, Oct 25th, Condon 206

What interests, values, and skills can you bring to a job?

Come to the 2nd workshop in our Geography Undergraduate Career Series,

designed to help you identify:
– what you like;
– what you’re good at;
– how that can help you in your job search and application (e.g. the keywords that make you a good candidate!).

by Clarice Wilsey from the UO Career Center

Tuesday, October 25th


Condon 206


October 11, 2016

Tea Talk Oct 13th: David Wrathall

wrathallPlease join the Geography Department in welcoming Dr David Wrathall from Oregon State University for his talk “Selling Labor, selling cocaine: Climate change adaptation alternatives at the global peripheries.”

The geography community will meet at 3:30 in Condon 108 for Tea Snacks, and then move to Condon 106 at 4pm for Dr Wrathall’s talk. Please feel free to join us!


September 28, 2016

Geography Tea kick-off: the Faculty Parade!

Tea_Poster_Fall2015This week the Department of Geography will commence its long-running Tea Speaker Series. The department will gather at 3:30 in the Tea Room (Condon 108) for snacks and reuniting, and at 4pm, we will transition to Condon 106 for faculty to give brief introductions of themselves and their research and roles in the department.

July 29, 2016

Congratulation 2016 Graduates!


This year was a big send-off for many of our Masters and PhD students! During the department graduation party we got to send them off, officially. The following day may have been the commencement ceremony, but as per a timeless tradition, you can’t really graduate unless your name is on the lemon poppy seed cake the night before.

jun 13- grad cake











Here is the list of graduates, starting from the top left to right:

Swagata Goswami, PhD
Dissertation: Geomorphology, Hydrology and Human-Environment Interactions of the Megafans in the Gangetic Plains, India
Advisor: Andrew Marcus

Christina Appleby, MS
Thesis: Modeling Restoration of the Lower Long Tom River, Oregon
Advisor: Patricia McDowell

Geoffrey Johnson, MS
Thesis: A Sediment-Derived Environmental History of Water Quality, Coos Bay Estuary, Oregon Coast Range
Advisor: Daniel Gavin

Pollyanna Lind, PhD
Dissertation: Geomorphology and Sediment Transport in a Humid-Tropical Montane River— Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica
Advisor: Patricia McDowell

Thomas Ptak, PhD
Dissertation: Understanding Hydropower in China: Balancing Energy Security, Development and Environmental Sustainability in the Nu River Valley of Yunnan Province
Advisor: Xiaobo Su

Rudy Omri, MS
Thesis: Every Tweet Counts: Examining Spatial Variability of Twitter Data Representativeness
Advisor: Amy Lobben

And bottom row, left to right

Christina Shintani, MS
Thesis: Comparing Photogrammetric and Spectral Depth Techniques in Extracting Bathymetric Data from a Gravel-Bed River
Advisor: Mark Fonstad

Jewell Bohlinger, MA
Thesis: Greening the Gulag: Politics of Sustainability in Prison
Advisor: Shaul Cohen

Christine A. Grummon, MS
Thesis: Examining the Role of Collaborative Governance in Fostering Adaptive Capacity: A Case Study from Northwest Colorado
Advisor: Christopher Bone

Joseph Bard, MS
Thesis: Finding High Ground: Simulating an Evacuation in a Lahar Risk Zone
Advisor: Christopher Bone

Nicholas Perdue, PhD
Dissertation: Cognitive Agents and Pedestrian-Oriented Redevelopment
Advisor: Amy Lobben

Adam C. Morse, MA
Thesis: From Guantanamo Bay to Pelican Bay: Hunger Striking and the Biopolitical Geographies of Resistance
Advisor: Shaul Cohen

Graciela Mercedes Meche” Lu, PhD
Dissertation: Struggles over Governance of Oil and Gas Projects in the Peruvian Amazon
Advisor: Derrick Hindery

(Not pictured)

Sarah Proctor, MS
Thesis: Fluvial biogeomorphic evolution of the Upper South Fork Toutle River, WA after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens
Advisor: Mark Fonstad


jun 13- grads


June 9, 2016

2016 Commencement and Geography Open House, Monday June 13

Congratulations to the graduates of 2016!  The geography department’s commencement ceremony is Monday, June 13 at noon on the quad in front of Condon Hall.

An open house in the department follows the ceremony. More details can be found here.

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