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Kimambo receives grant for endangered primate research in Tanzania

The Chicago Zoological Society awarded Niwaeli Kimambo a Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund grant to conduct field research this summer on improving forest connectivity for a critically endangered primate, the Rungwecebus kipunji. The grant funds targeted conservation-related research that would directly help an endangered species. Her work will analyze tree cover trends in a gap […]

Green receives Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award

Ph.D. student Nathan Green was awarded the Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for Outstanding Research in Social Studies for his paper, “The History and Economy of Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance on the Thai-Cambodia Border”. The Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award recognizes a doctoral student in the social studies who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarly writing accomplishments while a […]

Department seeks fall lecturer for online course

The Geography Department is seeking to hire a lecturer for our fall online offering of Geog 378 (Introduction to Geocomputing). If interested, please see details here. Course Description: An introduction to scripting and programming for GIS and spatial analysis. No programming background is assumed. The course covers the following: shell scripting, use of open-source GIS libraries, […]

Undergrads benefit from Kohn Geography Fund

This year, three undergraduate students were beneficiaries of the newly-established Jerome Kohn Geography Fund. This year’s recipients, Megan Healy, Breana Nehls, and Martin Brubaker, were presented the award at the Undergraduate Graduation and Awards Ceremony on May 15, 2015. Jerry Kohn received his BA in 1974 from the Department of Geography and his Master’s in 1977 from the Department of Urban […]

2015 Department Undergraduate Awards

The Geography Department is pleased to announce its 2015 undergraduate awards. Olmstead Awards The Olmstead family set up a fund in 1995 to honor our department which has been ranked among the highest quality geography departments in the United States, consistently since the late Clarence W. Olmstead became a member of its faculty in 1946. He […]

Friedrich awarded Honors Summer Senior Thesis Research Grant

Hannah Friedrich (BA ’16) was awarded a 2015 Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant for her work in Mali’s Inland Niger Delta. The bourgou pasture plains of the Inland Niger Delta declined significantly in extent from 1968 to 2000 due to poor floods and heavy human pressure. Freidrich’s research will focus on the dynamic relationship of bourgou with human land uses […]

Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

by Kelly April Tyrrell, UW Communications Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs shows that market-driven “zero deforestation agreements” have dramatically influenced the […]

As the river rises: Cahokia’s emergence and decline linked to Mississippi River flooding

by Kelly Tyrell, UW Communications As with rivers, civilizations across the world rise and fall. Sometimes, the rise and fall of rivers has something to do with it. At Cahokia, the largest prehistoric settlement in the Americas north of Mexico, new evidence suggests that major flood events in the Mississippi River valley are tied to […]

Chakraborty wins WARF Discovery Challenge award

On April 9th, Ph.D. student, Ritodhi Chakraborty, won Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Discovery Challenge Symposium Award. His project, “Climate and Agricultural Change at the Third Pole: The Impact of Change in Precipitation on Small Farmer Agriculture in the Himalayas,” was one of two winners selected from 87 research projects that were submitted. Ritodhi collaborated with Dr. Anne Daloz, a scientist from the […]

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