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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, valuation, wetlands, (big) data and the environment, mixed-methods research, and interactive cartography


My research explains the social and technical ways landscapes become more and less subject to government control and economic forces. I am currently following how policy-makers and scientists plan coastal restoration in Louisiana in the context of ongoing wetland loss. This work gets at some very interesting and important questions about nature's (economic) value and how computer modeling mediates ecological sciences and environmental policy. I make maps to publicize environmental policy's hidden costs, and am contributing to a project to visualize the North American hazardous waste trade. I am a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Lecturer, Summer 2017
Geography/Environmental Studies 309: People, Land, and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems

Teaching Assistant, Environmental Conservation (Geography/Environmental Studies 339), 2014-2015


Nost, E., H. Rosenfeld, K. Vincent, S. Moore, and R.E. Roth. 2017. "HazMatMapper: An online and interactive geographic visualization tool for exploring transnational flows of hazardous waste and environmental justice" Journal of Maps. 13(1): 14-23.
PDF. Map.

Nost, E. 2015. "Performing nature's value: software and the making of Oregon's ecosystem services markets" Environment and Planning: A 47 (12): 2573-2590. PDF.

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. Link.

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

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

North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Conference Travel Award, 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Lab Design Challenge, 1st Place - Innovation in Paleoecology, 2016 (w/ Garrett Dash Nelson and Elliot Vaughan)

UW Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS), Top-Up Fellowship, 2015-2017

UW Holtz Center for STS, Research Travel Award, 2015, 2016

UW Cartography Lab Design Challenge, 1st Place - Visual Story, 2015 (w/ Evan Applegate)

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: http://grad.geography.wisc.edu/nost

Email: : nost@wisc.edu

On Twitter: @ericnost