University of Wisconsin–Madison

Eric Nost

Ph.D. Candidate


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

Research Areas

Political ecology, valuation, wetlands, (big) data and the environment, and interactive cartography

Current Research

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.

Courses Taught

Lecturer, Summer 2017 | Geography/Environmental Studies 309: People, Land, and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems
Teaching Assistant, 2014-2015 | Geography/Environmental Studies 339: Environmental Conservation

Recent Publications

Moore, S., R. Roth, H. Rosenfeld, E. Nost, K. Vincent, T. Buckingham, M.R. Arefin. 2017. “Undisciplining Environmental Justice Research with Visual Storytelling.” Geoforum. Link (in-press).
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, E. 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, E. 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

2017  American Association of Gegoraphers (AAG) Dissertation Award
2017  AAG Cartography Specialty Group Student Illustrated Paper Competition, 3rd Place (w/ Kristen Vincent and Heather Rosenfeld)
2016  North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Conference Travel Award
2016  University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Lab Design Challenge, 1st Place - Innovation in Paleoecology (w/ Garrett Dash Nelson and Elliot Vaughan)
2015-2017  UW Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS), Top-Up Fellowship
2015  UW Cartography Lab Design Challenge, 1st Place - Visual Story (w/ Evan Applegate)
2012  University of Kentucky Barnhart-Whitington Award
2011-2013  University of Kentucky Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award
2011  AAG Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Speciality Group Student Paper Award 1st Place

Contact Information


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Summer 2017 - Monday and Thursday 12:30-2pm


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