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September 2014

 

May 2014

May 2nd

Dr. Steve Sesnie of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present: “Airborne LiDAR and multispectral image-based density models for the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX”As usual, the presentation will be held at 12 PM in Mitchell Hall 101 (May 2nd).

About the Speaker:
Dr. Steve Sesnie specializes in ecology, remote sensing and geographic information systems with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Biological Sciences and Southwest Region Inventory and Monitoring program. His doctoral research focused on remote sensing of lowland rain forest types in northern Costa Rica and determining niche and biogeographical factors associated with tropical tree species distributions. He received a joint Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho and Center for Tropical Agricultural Higher Education and Research Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica (2006). He received a Master of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University (2001) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Biology from Colorado State University (1986). Steven’s research interests cover a broad range of topics including remote sensing applications for determining vegetation structure and wildlife habitat parameters, land cover change detection and linkages to land use policy, tropical forest ecology and management and forest fragmentation effects on plant and animal communities. Other research interests include detection, spectroscopy and hyperspectral remote sensing of non-native invasive plants and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) applications for vegetation inventory, monitoring and habitat characterization. Steven has also worked extensively for the US Forest Service and as a forestry extensionist and technical trainer for the US Peace Corps in South America.

 

April 2014

April 30th
Cody Wiley, an online instructor for the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, has been selected as the 2013-14 Online Teacher of the Year. The Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee gives this award every year to “acknowledge excellence in the challenging teaching and learning arena of online distance education.” Cody will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 7 in Ballroom C of the Student Union Building, beginning at 2 p.m. Congratulations, Cody, for your outstanding teaching service to the department and to UNM!

 

April 22nd
Congratulations to Veronica Chavez, who was published in the most recent issue of Conceptions Southwest, the fine arts and literary magazine of the University of New Mexico. Her piece “Leetso,” which appears on page 56, explores the environmental and cultural impacts of uranium mining in the Southwest.
Congratulations to Maureen Meyer and Tiana Baca-Bosiljevac, both of whom presented their thesis research results at the recent national meeting of the Association of American Geographers, held in Tampa, Florida from April 8-12.

 

April 18th
Dr. Mark Stone of UNM Civil Engineering will present: “Eco-hydrologic and Eco-hydraulic Models for Improved River Management”

As usual, the presentation will be held at 12 PM in Mitchell Hall 101 (April 18th).

About the Speaker:
Dr. Mark Stone’s research is focused on the interfaces between hydraulic engineering, aquatic ecology, and fluvial geomorphology. He is a recent recipient of an NSF Career award focused on the use of use “river forensics” to reconstruct historical river conditions dating back over 100 years using computer models. The models will be used to describe flood waves as various river engineering projects were implemented throughout the middle Rio Grande valley. He is also a Co-PI in the newly funded Center for Water and the Environment at UNM. For more information, see Dr. Stone’s website: http://www.unm.edu/~stone/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 4th

Title: “Applying Spatial Modeling to Wildfire Evacuation Modeling

As usual, the presentation will be held at 12 PM in Mitchell Hall 101 (April 4th).

About the Speaker:
Phil Dennison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah. He is director of the Utah Remote Sensing Applications Lab, and his research includes remote sensing of vegetation species and phenology, vegetation disturbance, imaging spectroscopy, and
fire and fire danger modeling. Dr. Dennison received his Bachelor’s from the Department of Geography at Penn State, and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at University of California Santa Barbara. He is currently involved in research to support NASA’s proposed HyspIRI hyperspectral satellite mission, and is an author on approximately 50 peer-reviewed publications on remote sensing and/or wildfire.

 

 

March 2014

March 7th

As part of the UNM Geography and Environmental Sciences Colloquium Series,

Dr. Chris Holden of University of New Mexico will present:

Local Games in ABQ: connecting place and people through mobile

When: 12 pm Friday Mar 7th

Where: Mitchell Hall 101

 

February 2014

February 28th
“The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies is proud to report that it will host the October 2014 meeting of the AAG’s Southwest Division, jointly with the Great Plains / Rocky Mountain Division. This first-ever joint meeting between the two divisions is expected to draw an enthusiastic group of 300-325 active geographers from New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas, and Louisiana. For more information, check the conference website:
February 21st
As part of the UNM Geography and Environmental Sciences Colloquium Series,
Dr. Justin Stoler, MPH of The University of Miami will present:
Urban Health Disparities in the Developing World: A Geographic Perspective

When: 1 pm Friday February 21st (Note change from the typical Noon start time)

Where: Mitchell Hall 101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2014 Colloquium Schedule

Time: Noon-2.

Presentations ≈ 45 minutes

Questions ≈ 15-20 minutes

Locations:

Presentations: Mitchell Hall Room 101

Date Speaker Title Speaker Affiliation
2/21 Dr. Justin Stoler Urban Health Disparities in the Developing World: A Geographic Perspective Dept. of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami
3/7 Dr. Chris Holden Local Games in ABQ: connecting place and people through mobile Honors College, University of New Mexico
4/4 Dr. Phil Dennison Applying Spatial Modeling to Wildfire Evacuation Modeling Dept. of Geography, University of Utah
4/18 Dr. Mark Stone Eco-hydrologic and Eco-hydraulic Models for Improved River Management Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico
5/2 Drs. Steve Sesnie & Sarah Lehnen Airborne LiDAR and multispectral image-based density models for the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX United States Fish and Wildlife Service

 

 

July 2013

The Department says goodbye:

After 33 years of service for Professor Cullen and 18 years of service for Professor Matthews, both have retired from UNM. They now enjoy the distinction of Professor Emeritus, and have taken up residence in the Emeritus office on the second floor of Bandelier West.