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Geography alumnus named Rhodes Scholar

Colin Higgins (B.A. ’15) has been named a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, an honor reserved for the top undergraduate scholars. Higgins, of Middleton, Wisconsin, completed his undergraduate studies in May, triple majoring with comprehensive honors in environmental studies, geography and history. He is currently a graduate student in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs […]

Department launches online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming

In October, the Department of Geography officially announced the launch of its new Online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming. This is the first online degree offered by our department and we are excited to expand our educational outreach to new audiences and deliver globally in-demand geospatial development training.

Post-doc, grad student research assistants sought – Tropical land use change in Brazil

The Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab (GLUE) has openings for one post-doctoral scientist and two graduate students to join a larger project assessing the response to supply chain governance efforts to reduce deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado biomes (e.g., Soy Moratorium and Zero-Deforestation Cattle Agreements). See links for details about these positions including how […]

Geography students spend summer jump-starting their careers

When preparing to land that first career job out of school, nothing beats an internship experience to give students a leg up in today’s job market. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, employers report that applicants’ experiences outside the classroom — internships, jobs, and extracurricular activities — is a much bigger factor than coursework and grades when […]

Wisconsin Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador

By Gilly McBride, Morgridge Center for Public Service Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran (B.A. Geography, Environmental Studies) and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well. In a pre-study abroad meeting, Catherine Woodward, a professor in the Nelson Institute as […]

Naughton receives Vilas Research Investigator Award

Professor Lisa Naughton has been selected to receive a UW–Madison Vilas Research Investigator Award. The award provides $30,000 of funding for research assistants or project assistants for the 2015-2016 academic year. Naughton’s research focuses on biodiversity conservation in developing countries, social conflict and land use around protected areas, land tenure and property rights, and attitudes toward wildlife in conservation in human-dominated landscapes. Lisa will use […]

Muehlenhaus joins department as new online program director

Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus joined the department in July as the director of our new online masters program in GIS and web map development. He is responsible for development, marketing and administration of the program as well as teaching two of the online courses. A Duluth, Minnesota native, Ian earned his M.S. in Geog­ra­phy at Penn State Uni­ver­sity in 2002 […]

Lisa Naughton takes reins as chair

With the new fall semester came a change in department leadership. Lisa Naughton became chair, taking over for Kris Olds who served out his three-year term. Professor Lisa Naughton has a long history with the department. She earned her undergraduate degree here in 1986 (Double BSc in Geography and Zoology), and a MSc in Geography […]

More Alumni Updates

Submit your alumni updates here or email us at news@geography.wisc.edu. Christina Dando (Ph.D. ‘2000) was recognized by the National Council for Geographic Education at their 2015 annual conference with a Distinguished Teacher – Higher Education Award. Christina is an associate professor and graduate studies coordinator at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, Department of Geography & Geology.   Jonathan Goodell (BA ’15) Upon graduating […]

Faculty awarded NSF grant to study transboundary hazardous waste trade

Faculty members Sarah A. Moore, Robert Roth and Morgan Robertson were awarded $400,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences program to study “Transboundary Flows of Hazardous Waste in North America”. This project is the first of its kind to analyze flows of waste to and from specific sub-national locales throughout Canada, Mexico […]

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