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Eric Nost

Graduate student (Ph.D.)

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Past Education

M.A. Geography, University of Kentucky, 2013
B.A. Geography, Grinnell College, 2009

Research Areas

Political ecology, ecosystem service markets, ecological design, climate adaptation and law, (big) data and the environment, mixed-methods research, GIS, US


Climate change in the twenty-first century promises to significantly alter everyday life as we know it, raising countless "wicked" problems for society and nature alike to tackle. As a Ph.D. student in Geography, my research describes the concepts, tools, and institutions environmental regulators, non-profit conservationist groups, and private sector entrepreneurs produce and utilize to confront the effects of climate change. What I try to understand in particular is the deployment of ecological and economic information - often via new software or web-based applications and modeling technologies - to plan, measure, and evaluate restoration projects meant to mitigate or adapt to these effects. I am currently looking at efforts to restore coastal marshes in the Gulf of Mexico given ongoing land loss, sea-level rise, and oil spills. This work gets at some very interesting and important questions about: nature's (economic) value; the intransigence and resilience of ecosystems; the making of science and the role of technology in translating between science and policy; the purpose of environmental law and the pursuit of environmental justice; and, ultimately, what it means to govern today.


Teaching Assistant, Environmental Conservation (Geog/Env St 339)
UW-Madison Department of Geography & Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Fall 2014


Nost, Eric. 2014. “Scaling-up local foods: commodity practice in community supported agriculture (CSA)”. Journal of Rural Studies. Volume 34, April 2014, Pages 152-160

Nost, Eric. 2013. “The Power of Place: Tourism and Development in Costa Rica.” Tourism Geographies 15(1): 88-106.

Crampton, Jeremy W., Jay Bowen, Daniel Cockayne, Brittany Cook, Eric Nost, Lindsay Shade, Laura Sharp, and Malene Jacobsen. 2013. “Commentary: Whose geography? Which publics?” Dialogues in Human Geography 3: 73-76

Awards and Honors

UW-Madison Center for Culture, History, and Environment Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant, 2014
UW-Madison Trewartha Research Award, 2014
University of Kentucky Barnhart-Whitington Award, 2012
University of Kentucky Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award, 2011-2013
Association of America Geographers (AAG) Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Speciality Group Student Paper Award 1st Place, 2011

Contact Information

Website: atruepointofbeginning.blogspot.com

Office Hours: M 130-20, TR 12-1/Geography Library

Mailing Address:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Geography
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Email: : nost@wisc.edu

On Twitter: @ericnost