Faculty

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“Tea Time” Becomes a Department Tradition

At a large university like the University of Wisconsin-Madison, forming meaningful relationships with professors can be challenging for undergraduates. As a result, the Department of Geography created a new event, dubbed “Tea Time,” that is aimed at helping students get to know their professors better, and vice versa. Each month on a Friday afternoon, one faculty guest […]

Sub-Area Feature: Physical Geography

The UW-Madison Geography Department has four major thematic areas: Physical Geography, People-Environment, Human Geography, and Cartography/GIS. This year, we will feature each sub-area to highlight the diversity of research and teaching in the department and celebrate the achievements of faculty and students. Our inaugural post features the Physical Geography sub-area, with research across a wide range […]

A Conversation with Dr. Morgan Robertson

What led you to geography? I wanted to understand how environmental policy is shaped by both social forces and ecological changes, and other disciplines were telling me I had to focus on one or the other, not both. What excites you about Geography? The freedom to ask questions about the environment that cross traditional academic […]

A Conversation with Dr. Jack Williams

What led you to geography? My research interests are inherently interdisciplinary and so is Geography.  I study the responses of plant species and communities to past and present environmental change, and vegetation feedbacks to other biological and earth systems.  My research combines elements of geosciences (we measure fossil pollen and other paleoenvironmental proxies extracted from […]

A Conversation with Dr. Ian Baird

What led you to geography? I was attracted to geography because it is the discipline that is among the best at taking a holistic perspective on environmental issues. That is, it takes ecology and science seriously, but it also take socio-cultural, economic and political issues seriously as well. What excites you about Geography? I am […]

A Conversation with Dr. Sarah Moore

Why Geography? What attracted you to Geography? When I discovered geography, I was actually a senior in college and I had been taking a number of classes in International Studies. The school I was at had geography in the Engineering Department, which was pretty far removed from anything I was doing at the time. I […]

Talking with Dr. Keith Woodward

Why Geography? I came to geography a little bit later than some of my colleagues. My background and training are in english and philosophy, so kind of critical theory in philosophy. It wasn’t until I was working on my Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in the English Department as sort of a 21st Century […]

Marín-Spiotta to receive Excellence in Education and Mentoring Award

Prof. Erika Marín-Spiotta will receive the 2016 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring at the December meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the largest professional society of earth scientists. This award recognizes significant contributions as a mentor and role model for the next generation of biogeoscientists. Marín-Spiotta was also recently given the President’s Award from the […]

Exciting & Free Events, Join us on November 11!

Join the Buzz in Science Hall We hope you will join us for part—or all—of the day. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email, facebook, or twitter. 9–3pm Map-a-thon | Geography Library (more…)

Marín-Spiotta & Mason receive $776,800 National Science Foundation award

Professors Erika Marín-Spiotta and Joe Mason were awarded a $776,800 National Science Foundation award to study the potential for carbon in buried soils, or paleosols, to become a source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in response to changes in climate and landscape disturbance. The project builds upon work by former Nelson Institute PhD student Nina […]

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