Word of mouth from nomadic herders led Lucas Silva into Tibetan forests and grasslands. What his team found was startling: Rapid forest growth in tune with what scientists had been expecting — but not yet seeing — from climatic changes triggered by rising levels of carbon dioxide.
Actual scientific findings to date have turned up declining growths in many forests in the face of a warming climate. Such had also been the case for Silva, who joined the UO’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Geography in August.
Read the rest of the story here! And please welcome Dr Silva!
The InfoGraphics Lab is hiring a Non-Tenure-Track Research Assistant Cartographic Web/ Mobile Applications Developer beginning January 17th.
The Department of Geography’s InfoGraphics Lab is searching for a developer in the area of Geospatial Technologies focused on Cartographic Web/Mobile applications. The successful candidate of this position will primarily be responsible for designing and building web/mobile mapping and other spatial data applications to support academic activities. The InfoGraphics Lab is a mapping and geospatial technologies facility that engages in research, creative, and instructional activities. The Lab focuses on cartography, atlas design, data visualization, and Geographic Information Science. As a member of the InfoGraphics Lab the candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with UO Geography faculty and other UO academic units to develop spatial applications that advance sponsored research projects and other creative efforts. The candidate will also have the opportunity to instruct a course related to their area of expertise within the Geography Department’s Spatial Data Science and Technologies curriculum.
See more at: UO Jobs Page http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5638
The annual Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography is given annually to a deserving graduate or undergraduate geography student at the University of Oregon for maps demonstrating a high proficiency if the application of the principles of cartographic design. Winners receive a $1000 scholarship.
A special thanks goes to Maude Caldwell for funding for this award.
Winners of the 2016 Bill Loy Award for Cartographic Excellence are:
Rudy Omri for his map Chasing Boralis
Christina Shintani for her map Restoring Fish Habitat in the Sandy River Basin
The 2016 Honorable Mention goes to:
Christina Appleby for her map Potential Stream Rehabilitation on the Lower Long Tom River, Oregon
(Christina asked that we not publish her map because of the nature of its content, but it’s spectacular)
And here are the recipients with Professor Amy Lobben, who announced the awards.
For a list of past recipients of the Low Award, click here.
The 2016 Trussell Family Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to a Geography student ho has demonstrated high quality work on a project and a commitment to serving the community. The awardee receives a $2000 scholarship. The winner of this year’s Trussell Scholarship is Keene Corbin, for his online story-map entitled Mass incarceration: America’s big problem, and his commitment to issues of ethics and incarceration that have resulted in his engagement with the Inside-Out Program and the Carnegie Global Oregon Ethics Program. Keene also asked that his map not be published due to the sensitive nature of its content.
The 2016 Irwin and Renee Holzman Family Scholarship is given to geography majors who exhibit academic excellence and who provide outstanding contributions to the department community. Students are nominated on and voted upon by the faculty. Winners each receive a $400 scholarhsip.
This year’s winners are:
Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees!
Several of our PhD Students have won prestigious research awards this year. Jean Faye was awarded a Social Science Research Council Fellowship. Zack Thill was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Nick Perdue, Anna Moore, Megen Britell, Dylan Brady, and Zack Thill were all awarded National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants. Congratulations all around!
Congratulations go to the Geography Departments own Dr. Andrew Marcus, who has been named Donald and Willie Tykeson Dean of the UO College of Arts and Sciences. He has previously served as interim dean, and as head of the Department of Geography from 2008-2011. More information can be found in this news post on AroundtheO.
Three stories in the current issue of Cascade highlight work in the Geography Department. These feature a new major in spatial data science and technology in the Department, highlight the data science and geospatial tools developed at the Infographics lab, and showcase graduates of the department who have gone to the Bay Area to work for Apple in the field of GIS and cartography.
The work of Professor Patrick Bartlein was recognized with a 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), for research that makes important contributions to the understanding of climate, fire history, and vegetation change.
The citation for the award reads:
“Dr. Bartlein’s contributions to the advancement of Quaternary Studies include integrating multi-proxy networks of paleoenvironmental data that are used to build and validate environmental models from local to global temporal and spatial scales, as well as innovations in data-visualization that are now incorporated into standard visualization protocols.
His focus on understanding modern processes has led to important breakthroughs in modeling and visualizing the impact of fire history and vegetation changes on regional and continental scales.”
The work of Professors Chris Bone, Amy Lobben, and Hedda Schmidtke are featured in the article Map Quest appearing in the Winter 2015 issue of the Oregon Quarterly. Subtitled “UO geographers are at the forefront of a booming new tech sector: geospatial technologies,” the article discusses the growing wave of interest in geospatial technologies, gives an overview of the course development and research underway in this field in the Geography Department, and details the formation of the new Spatial Computation, Cognition, and Complexity Laboratory (nicknamed “SC3”), built over the summer in the basement of Condon Hall. The full text of the article is available here.
Geography Professor Katie Meehan is featured in a recent Around the O story detailing her work in collaboration with an international group of scientists regarding climate policy. One of the results of this work is a policy paper published in the Nov. 13 issue of the journal Science.
The Around the O news story can be found here:
The policy paper – Stakeholders in climate science: Beyond lip service? – is here:
Congratulations to University of Oregon Geography graduate students Jewell Bollinger, Christine Caroline, and Zackery Thill who won awards at the recent Association of Pacific Coast Geographers conference in Palm Springs, California on October 21-24, 2015.
Jewell received a Margaret Trussell Scholarship for Graduate Students for her paper “Politics of Sustainability in Prison: Supporting Inmate Voices through Non-Hierarchical Research Strategies.”
Christine won the Tom McKnight and Joan Clemens Award for Excellence in Area Studies for her paper “Lough Neagh: A Contested or Co-operative Space in Post Conflict Northern Ireland?”
Zack received a Travel Grant to present his paper “Silencing Controversy? Environmental Knowledge Production on the Oilsands of Northern Alberta.“