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Cathy Day

Graduate student (Ph.D.)

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Past Education

M.S., Geography, UW-Madison, 2011
M.A.T., Secondary Science Education, Cornell University, 2003 B.A., French and Environmental Science, University of Kansas, 1998

Research Areas

Impacts of climate change on agriculture, agricultural insurance, arid/semi-arid agriculture, farm/rural livelihoods, political ecology, agricultural history

Research

My interests center around how climate change influences agricultural systems and how humans perceive and deal with climatic shifts within a complex social-economic context. For my master's degree, I researched the vulnerabilities of farmer livelihoods to climate change in Niger's Sahel zone. My current work examines how the nexus of institutions, social context, and environmental change shapes farmer decisions in the southwestern United States. By examining the network of factors that contribute to farmers' choices, I plan to determine which elements of those networks may be most important for producing farm landscapes that sustain both farmer livelihoods and ecological health.

Teaching

Head Teaching Assistant:
GEOG 339: Environmental Conservation, fall 2013, spring 2014

Teaching Assistant:
GEOG 340: World Regional Geography (online), fall 2014, spring 2015
GEOG 339: Environmental Conservation, fall 2012
AFR ST/GEOG/HIST/SOC/AFR LANG 277: Survey of Africa, summer 2012
GEOG 139: Resources and People, spring 2012, spring 2013
GEOG 120: Introduction to Physical Geography, spring 2010
GEOG 101: Introduction to Human Geography, fall 2009

Publications

Day, C. and L. Naughton-Treves. (2012). Lessons from Early Efforts to Secure Land Tenure within Forest Carbon Management Projects. Introduction to: Lessons on Land Tenure, Forest Governance and REDD+. Case Studies from Latin America, Africa and Asia. L. Naughton- Treves and C. Day (editors). University of Wisconsin, Madison, Land Tenure Center. Link - See Chapter One

Edited volume:
L. Naughton- Treves and C. Day (editors). (2012). Lessons about Land Tenure, Forest Governance and REDD+. Case Studies from Latin America, Africa and Asia. University of Wisconsin- Madison, Land Tenure Center. Link

Awards and Honors

Innovation in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
Trewartha Conference Travel Grant, 2014
Trewartha Conference Travel Grant, 2013
Trewartha Research Grant, 2012
Trewartha Conference Travel Grant, 2011
FLAS Fellow in Arabic - Academic Year, U.S. Dept. of Ed/UW-Madison African Studies, 2010
FLAS Fellow in Hausa - Summer, U.S. Dept. of Ed/UW-Madison African Studies, 2010
Trewartha Research Grant, 2010
E. Lawrence Palmer Award, Cornell University Department of Education, 2003

Contact Information

Email: : ctday@wisc.edu


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