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January 21, 2016

Lifetime acheivements recognized

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.

Prof. Pat Bartlein

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.”

December 2, 2015

Geospatial research and new laboratory featured in the Oregon Quarterly

Amy Lobben, Hedda Schmidtke, and Chris Bone in the new SC3 lab in Condon Hall

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.

November 13, 2015

UO geographer urges more stakeholder voices in climate science

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:


November 9, 2015

Graduate students shine at APCG Palm Springs Conference

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.

October 12, 2015

Katie Meehan’s, co-edited volume, ‘Precarious Worlds,’ to be released Nov 15th.

9780820348827Dr Katie Meehan and her co-editor Dr. Kendra Strauss (from Simon Fraser University) have co-edited a volume entitled Precarious Worlds: Contested Geographies of Social Reproduction that will be released on November 15th from the University of Georgia Press. The book provides “a rigorous, gendered perspective on how inequality is perpetuated.”

Read the full description of the book here. And congratulations, Katie!

September 16, 2015

Dr. Michnik talk about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

Join the Departments of Geography and Political Science and the European Studies Program for a talk by Dr. Wojciech Michnik entitled “The Causes and Consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict: A View from Poland.”

Where: Straub 145dr_michnik
When: Thursday, October 1st from 4:00-5:20pm

Dr Michnik is a Asst. Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland. He is also a Fulbright scholar at t Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.













June 22, 2015

Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography Recipients

Recipients of this year’s Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography were announced at the last Thursday Geography Tea of the year. This year we had two winners and one honorable mention. You will see that there is a theme (think: bugs/ musicians) to the winners, while the honorable mention was one of the first online map submissions for this award. The winners received a $1,000, and the honorable mention received $500.

Loy Award Recipient Dan Pratchenko: The Beatles’ First North American Tour, 1964

dan pratchenko map








Loy Award Recipient Christine Grummon: Mapping an Epidemic: The spread of the mountain pine beetle in the American West

christine grummon map








Honorable Mention Recipient Rudy Omri: Interactive Map 140 Years of UO: Historical timeline of University of Oregon campus buildings 1875-2015

rudy omri









All three were recognized at the Thursday Geography Tea gathering of the year and also at the Geography Department Commencement Ceremony on June 15th. Congratulations to all three for some amazing work!

April 9, 2015

Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography – Submission Deadline: May 8th, 2015

The Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography is given annually to a deserving graduate or undergraduate geography student at the University of Oregon. The award amount is $1,000.

Submission Guidelines

Students will submit a cartographic or visualization product and a written statement.

Entrant must be:

An undergraduate or graduate student majoring in geography at the UO

Entrant will submit:

– A 500 to 1,000 word statement explaining the significance of the design that clearly articulates the student’s role in developing the product is a requirement.

– For printed map products:
1) submit two printed full size copies of the map product and
2) email a PDF of the product to

– For web maps submit a link to your product.

Submit entry to:

– Loy Award Committee, Department of Geography, 107 Condon Hall

Submission Deadline: May 8th, 2015 (new deadline)
The Award will be announced during Spring Quarter.


Amy Lobben,
James E. Meacham,

November 26, 2014

Working for World Peace

Geography professor Shaul Cohen tirelessly explores the relationship between space and power in a dutiful effort to improve the world. More information at UOAlumni

November 12, 2014

Complexity Conference – November 19 and 20, 2014


The Exploring Complexity conference hosted at the University of Oregon aims to build an interdisciplinary complex systems modeling community through several events hosted over two days that highlight faculty, graduate, and undergraduate complex systems modeling research from the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Portland State University.  These events include a computational workshop, lecture series, and poster session. The event will feature lectures by Dr. Melanie Mitchell (PSU) and Dr. David O’Sullivan (UC Berkley) as well as several lightning talks from Oregon researchers. The event is free and open to all, however space is limited and registration is required. For more information see:

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