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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.

May 26, 2016

Geomorphologist Jane Atha to visit May 31st at 4pm

UO Alum Jane Atha will be visiting the department on May 31st to talk about her work on the Chelan Watershed Council and at the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. At 4pm, Jane will give a brief public talk about her work in government and non-profit sectors and the ways that her career has evolved. This discussion is geared not just towards specialists in geomorphology, but anyone, from undergraduate to graduate, who is looking to move into a non-profit or government career. Please join us at 4pm in Condon 206 on Monday, May 31st to hear what Jane has to say! Light snacks will be provided.

April 13, 2016

Spring 2016 Tea Talk Series

The Geography Department continues its long tradition of public lectures on Thursdays with the following events:

All Talks in 106 Condon Hall, 1321 Kincaid Street, at 4:00 pm, with snacks available starting at 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, April 14th

Dr. Leslie McLees, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Title: Geography Undergraduate Education at Oregon: A Present Context and a Successful Future

Thursday, April 28th

Dr. Alec Murphy, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Title: Rethinking Territorial Conflict, Writing About Geographical Ignorance, and Exploring the Mysterious East: A Post-Sabbatical Report

Thursday, May 26th

Dr. Patricia McDowell, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Title: TBA
January 13, 2016

Winter 2016 Tea Talk Series

The Geography Department continues its long tradition of public lectures on Thursdays with the following events:

All Talks in 106 Condon Hall, 1321 Kincaid Street, at 4:00 pm, snacks available before at 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.
UO President Schill discussing subsidized housing

UO President Schill discussing subsidized housing

Thursday, January 7th
Dr. Michael Schill, President, University of Oregon
Housing programs and property values

Thursday, January 14th
Dr. Dan Gavin, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
El-Nino related forest fire, tropical ecology, and conservation in southwestern Borneo (Indonesia)

Thursday, January 28th
Scott Anderson, U.S. Geological Survey
Capturing landslides: Remote sensing of the Oso landslide with Structure for Motion

Thursday, February 4th
Dr. Clare Evans, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon
Multiple Contexts and Adolescent Body Mass Index: Schools, Neighborhoods, and Social Networks

Thursday, February 18th
Jim O’Conner, USGS
Wasting away in western Oregon: Geologic and physiographic controls on sediment yield and transport

Thursday, March 3rd
Dr. Veit Bachmann, Institut für Humangeographie at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Migration in North Africa: The case of Libyan migrants in Tunisia

December 2, 2015

UO Today interview airing week of December 6

UO Today, the Oregon Humanities center half-hour television program, features Assistant Professor of Geography Katie Meehan in an interview airing the week of December 6, and already available on YouTube.

Dr. Meehan discusses her current book project When the Rain Fall: Water Supply Alternatives in the Neoliberal Era and her work on a collaborative project, as part of the Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program, on social and behavioral adaptation to climate change.

Days of the week and channels airing the interview are listed here:

The fall schedule for UO Today

The interview is already available on YouTube:
UO Today with Katie Meehan

November 17, 2015

Memorial celebration for Geographer Susan Hardwick

A memorial service to honor geography professor Susan Hardwick is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21 at 4pm in 182 Lillis Hall at the University of Oregon. Refreshments will be available in Condon Hall at the Geography Department immediately following.

Susan touched many as an educator, a friend, a colleague, and mentor. A short remembrance of her achievements can be found here:  Remembering Susan Hardwick, Educator, Mentor and Scholar

Details about the memorial service and map are below

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