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Speaker Series

Karen Hebert
Assistant Professor
Yale University
"Chronicle of a disaster foretold: Science, risk, and the politics of imperilment in Bristol Bay, Alaska"
November 6, 2014
4:00 p.m. 021 Fairchild



Geography Department
6017 Fairchild
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3378
Fax: (603) 646-1601

 Student Spotlight


Cooper Thomas '14

Geography major Cooper Thomas '14 will spend the 2014–2015 academic year in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as a Fulbright Fellow. There, he will conduct independent research on post-socialist urbanization and cultural transformation. Inspired by his coursework in urban geography and GIS, as well as a personal interest in Central Asia's social and political history, Cooper will explore the ways in which Bishkek's urban design, land use patterns, architecture, and iconography reflect the reconstitution of Kyrgyz national identity. As an avid cartographer, Cooper will also use advanced spatial analysis techniques to quantify and visualize trends in urban development. His research will culminate in a multimedia report comprised of text analysis, photography and video, and graphical data visualizations.

Faculty News

Coleen Fox (along with Professors Nick Reo and Dale Turner) participated in a research project called 'Indigenous Confluence: The Role of Indigenous Peoples inRiver Stewardship & Sustainable Futures'. The research project brings together representatives from Walpole Island First Nation, Waikato-Tanui (a Maori tribe from New Zealand), and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to investigate the role of traditional ecological knowledge in river restoration.  The projects being carried out by the indigenous communities range from dam removals and pollution abatement to fisheries restoration.  The three communities met in Northern Michigan and Ontario in early September, and they will all travel to New Zealand later this year.

Jaclyn Hatala Matthes latest article ( has been published in the July 2014 issue of Journal of Geophysical Research (Biogeosciences).

Footprint technopolitics, a new article by Susanne Freidberg, appears in the August 2014 issue of Geoforum. 

Richard Wright and his co-authors Mark Ellis, Matt Townley and Kristi Copeland have a new article in Political Geography, "The migration response to the Legal Arizona Workers Act."

The journal Science as Culture has published Susanne Freidberg's article, "It's complicated: Corporate sustainability and the uneasiness of life cycle assessment."

Course Information

Faculty Spotlight

Jaclyn Hatala Matthes, Assistant Professor

matthewtowerJaclyn Hatala Matthes is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Professor Matthes works at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and atmospheric science to investigate physical and biological feedbacks between global climate change, land-use change, and ecosystem processes. She is particularly interested in understanding how ecosystems control greenhouse gas fluxes between the biosphere and atmosphere, and the role that ecosystem management plays in the global carbon cycle. Her research also explores the impacts of disturbance processes, such as insect and pathogen outbreaks, floods, land-use changes, and fires, on the carbon cycle of ecosystems. In Winter 2015, Professor Matthes will teach a new course, GEOG 8: Life in the Anthropocene, which will investigate the physical and ecological consequences of our current era of unprecedented human impacts on the Earth and its ecosystems. Because her research is interdisciplinary, Professor Matthes looks forward to collaborating with a broad range of students with diverse interests.



Last Updated: 9/9/14