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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, commodification, wetlands, (big) data and the environment, mixed-methods research, and interactive visualization


My research describes how technology - from interactive webmaps to sediment diversions and environmental modelling tools - shapes how regulators, non-profit conservationist groups, and the private sector design and evaluate ecological restoration and climate adaptation projects. I am currently looking at efforts to plan coastal restoration in Louisiana following decades of land loss. This work gets at some very interesting and important questions about: nature's (economic) value; the intransigence and resilience of ecosystems; how technology mediates science and policy; the purpose of environmental law and the pursuit of environmental justice.


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


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

Email: : nost@wisc.edu

On Twitter: @ericnost