Department News Highlights (Academic Year 2017-2018)


Department 

  • In March 2018, we updated our department name to The Department of Geography and Environment 
  • Our department is ranked 26th in the U.S. in the 2018 World University Rankings

Faculty

  • New hires: Lisa Kelley joined the Dept. as part of the College of Social Sciences' Sustainability cluster
  • Promotions: Reece Jones and Dr. Qi Chen are promoted to full professor 

Students

  • Brandon Rossi won the 2018 Bowers Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating BA student each year. 
  • Kerrie Littlejohn, PhD, won the 2018 Wiens Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating MA or PhD student each year. 
  • Azmeary Ferdoush, PhD candidate, won the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Publication Award for his paper "Seeing Borders through the Lens of Structuration" in Geo Politics Journal.
  • Katie Taladay, PhD student, won the 2018 ASPRS Pacific SW Chapter Scholarship.

UHM Geog & Environment PhD candidate Aurora Kagawa-Viviani et al. has a paper on seasonal climate and Hawaiian dyrland agricultural systems published in Ecology and Society. Access the paper here, https://t.co/e1KKL07D24 - Congrats @akkagawa and team!

UH Geog & Environment Assistant Professor Yi Qiang received a grant from USDA-NIFA for the project entitled, "Putting the farmer in the driver's seat: Integrative web tools for improved soil health and carbon assessment, monitoring, and planning." Congrats, Yi!

Geography a force for broadening the mind, says Michael Palin - Comedian and broadcaster praises rise in geography entries at GCSE and A-level @ https://t.co/73C8CJ4T7y

UH Geog & Env PhD candidate Dylan Beatty recently published in Explorations: A Graduate Journal of Southeast Asian Studies @UHManoa -- "Fishing the 'Last Frontier': Connections & Dis-connects between Fisheries in Southern Palawan and the Coral Triangle," https://t.co/BgL14WQo26

UH Geog & Env student Kirsten Moy published this month in #MarinePollutionBulletin, Mapping coastal marine debris using aerial imagery and spatial analysis (https://t.co/QuAvboZ4bM) w/ @sushibear2002, @corallivore, @migs_maps, DAR @dlnr

Masters student Liat Portner (https://t.co/0O3N24MGZd) presenting "Plant-Water Interactions" at the 25th Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference! Hurrah @geog_uhm at HCC #HIConCon2018 !!

UH Geography & Env. PhD candidate Benjamin Schrager's article, "Different conceptions of Place: Alternative food networks and everyday meals" was accepted to Geoforum, Vol. 95 (Oct. 2018). You can read an early online access here, https://t.co/mr9a7YoVid - Congrats @benschrager!

UH Geog & Environment Prof @reecejhawaii published a free, open access piece entitled "The Poetry of 'Build the Wall'" in the @JLatAmGeog https://t.co/Q8TI8ijqea

UH Dept. of Geography & Environment Professor Mary Mostafanezhad on receiving a National Science Foundation award for her research on "Social-Ecological Drivers and Consequences of Seasonal Air Pollution." Congratulations, @GeogProfMary!

Alumni Highlight - Lolo Soetero (MA, 1964) is Barack Obama's stepfather, https://t.co/7sUYNQVpgu

Congratulations to UH Geography & Environment Professor Mary Mostafanezhad for achieving tenure and promotion! For the full list of 2018 UH tenure and promotions: https://t.co/reUYRh4sjC

UH Geography & Environment PhD student Jacob Henry (@jacobofhume) wrote the article, "Anthony Bourdain's window into Africa" in @ConversationUS. Read it here, https://t.co/jFrwBTgFzh

"Plant cam keeps eye on rare Hawaiian plant," @StarAdvertiser June 7th article on the live plant cam project that UH Geog. & Env. PhD candidate Ryan Mudd works on with @USGS colleague. Read about it here: https://t.co/2hgUd0sMCC

UH Geography & Environment MA student and Program Director of the @OutdoorCircleHI (TOC) is interviewed in the June 6th issue of @MidWeekHawaii, on the TOC's partnership with Google Trekker. Read it online at https://t.co/KetFeH1RVo

Alumni Highlight - @UHManoa Geography BA (1983) Jim Donovan is the athletic director at Cal State Fullerton, https://t.co/FaSYqFIB7J

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Alumni Highlight - PhD alumni Douglas Herman (@RDKHERMAN) is the Senior Geographer at the @smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. He specializes in the cultural knowledge of Hawaiʻi and Pacific Islands. Read his articles here: https://t.co/3nxDd0KWJH

Flashback Fridays - 2008 PhD graduate Ricardo Gonzalez' thesis entitled "The Political Ecology of Scallop (Argopecten Purpuratus) Use and Management in the Pisco-Paracas Region, Southern Peruvian Coast" is available for view here, https://t.co/MEJIHZYP00

Geography and Environment PhD Student Henryk Szadziewski @henrykszad was awarded a Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Graduate Fellowship to support his dissertation research. Congrats, Henry!

Congratulations to PhD student Katie Taladay for winning a ASPRS Pacific SW Chapter Scholarship in 2018!

Geography and Environment PhD candidate Md. Azmeary Ferdoush won the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Publication Award for his paper "Seeing Borders through the Lens of Structuration" in @geopol_jl. Congrats, @M_A_Ferdoush! https://t.co/UKPuMN0ee2

Geography and Environment PhD Graduate Kerrie Littlejohn won the 2018 Wiens Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating MA or PhD student each year. Congrats, @littlejohn_ker!

Geography and Environment BA student Yoko Uyehara won the 2018 Wingert Scholarship in Geographic Technologies. Congrats, Yoko!

Geography and Environment BA Graduate Brandon Rossi won the 2018 Bowers Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating BA student each year. Congrats, Brandon! (pictured in blue shirt and with an orchid lei)

Geography and Environment PhD student Jacob Henry won the 2018 best paper presentation at the Spring Symposium. Congrats, @jacobofhume!

Geography and Environment PhD candidate Rollan Geronimo won the 2018 best short presentation at the Spring Symposium. Congrats, Rollan!

UH Geography and Environment PhD student Henryk Szadziewski passed his comprehensive exams last Thursday. Congrats, @henrykszad!

Congratulations to Professor Reece Jones (@reecejhawaii) and PhD candidate Md Azmeary Ferdoush (@M_A_Ferdoush) on the publication of their edited book, "Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond," https://t.co/fA05Yw4NaG

TODAY 5/4, 9am-1pm in 443 Saunders - @UHManoa Dept. of Geography & Environment Annual Symposium - Join us anytime during the program as we celebrate the achievements of our students and peers, and to mark the close of the academic year.

Kerrie Littlejohn defended and submitted her PhD dissertation this Spring entitled, "Personal norms and visitor compliance: A case study of wildlife tourism in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica" - Congratulations, Kerrie!

Mark your calendars: the @AAG annual meeting will be held in Honolulu in 2024!

UHM Geography & Environment Professor Qi Chen co-authored the textbook entitled "LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications." It was published in January 2018 by @CRCPress - https://t.co/gCDqHx2yDq

This FRI., 5/4 in 443 Saunders - UHM Dept. of Geography & Environment Annual Symposium - Join us anytime between 9am-1pm as we celebrate the achievements of our students and peers, and mark the close of the academic year. Photo: Students who received awards at our 2016 symposium.

UH Geography & Environment PhD Candidate Azmeary Ferdoush is speaking on April 30 at the University of Dhaka's Sociology Colloquium on 'The Choice of Citizenship' @M_A_Ferdoush

Flashback Fridays - 2013 MA graduate and current PhD student Borjana Lubura's thesis entitled "Humanitarian Intervention in Libya: Fighting for Human Rights or for Regime Change?" is available for view here, https://t.co/mYMJeKykx3.

Talk TODAY, April 26 @ 12:15PM in 443 Saunders: "The Health Workforce in India" from Victoria Fan (@FanVictoria), Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management @UHManoa in the Office of Public Health Studies (@UHMPublicHealth).

Congratulations to the Remote Sensing Lab (https://t.co/3IOlV4zbcY) on receiving a grant from NVIDIA Corporation for 2 Titan Xp GPUs. The equipment will support the deep learning research of Professor Qi Chen and grad students Ross Winans, Katie Taladay, Qian Zhang & Yanjun Wang.

Post-doctoral Researcher Ryan Longman (2015 Geography PhD @UHManoa) is the featured alumni in @kupuhawaii's Spring newsletter. Read it here: https://t.co/MnyRoCuiFw

Public lecture this THURS. April 26 @ 12:15PM in 443 Saunders: "The Health Workforce in India" from Victoria Fan (@FanVictoria), Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management @UHManoa in the Office of Public Health Studies (@UHMPublicHealth).

Professor Reece Jones will be the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal Geopolitics (@geopol_jl) starting this August. Congratulations, Reece!

Public lecture TODAY, April 19 @ Noon-1pm in 443 Saunders: "Envisioning Decolonial Futures through Mixed Media Storytelling" from Professor Sarah Wiebe (@smwiebe) with the Dept. of Political Science @UHManoa.

Congratulations PhD candidate Dylan Beatty on winning the Eu Tong Sen award, which will fund a semester of dissertation writing in Hong Kong. For more info on the award,
https://t.co/kPuwckcsGW

Correction: PhD candidate Sayaka Sakuma received the 2018-19 @UHM_CJS graduate fellowship, not 2017-18 (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)m

Dissertation Defense Announcement: Kerrie Littlejohn, Geography PhD candidate, "Personal norms and visitor compliance: A case study of wildlife tourism in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica." THURS., 4/19 @ 9AM in 443B Saunders.

Congratulations to PhD candidate Sayaka Sakuma for receiving the @UHManoa Center for Japanese Studies' 2017-18 Graduate Fellowship!

Talk this THURS. April 19 @ Noon-1pm in 443 Saunders: "Envisioning Decolonial Futures through Mixed Media Storytelling" from Professor Sarah Wiebe (@smwiebe) with the Dept. of Political Science @UHManoa.

MA student Salvatore Saluga defended thesis entitled "A Migratory Analysis of Professional Samoan Football Players" and will be graduating this semester. Congratulations, Sal!

ASPRS Monthly Brown Bag Meeting - Miguel Castrence from Resource Mapping Hawaii will give a talk entitled "Aerial Remote Sensing for Shoreline Surveillance: Lessons Learned from Mapping Macro-Debris throughout the main Hawaiian Islands." TUES. 4/17, 12:00pm in 443B Saunders

Professor Reece Jones is speaking about Violent Borders as part of the @ClarkForum @DickinsonCol on Monday at 7 PM at the Stern Center https://t.co/7G6wgslZb1

Professor Mary Mostafanezhad is presenting on Violent Rumors at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Sheraton Endymion at 4:00PM https://t.co/HVvwyoTWJm

PhD candidate Ben Schrager and Professors Yi Qiang and Brian Szuster enjoying our #AAG2018 department pau hana in New Orleans with alumni and friends.

PhD student Borjana Lubura is the new Political Geography specialty interest group graduate student representative. Congratulations! #AAG2018

PhD student Jacob Henry won the Recreation, Tourism, and Sport student paper contest for his work on Maintaining Colorblindness Among Volunteers in Namibia. Congratulations! #AAG2018

PhD Student Kerrie Littlejohn is presenting on Personal Norms and Visitor Compliance at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Marriott Balcony K at 5:20PM

PhD Student Sayaka Sakuma is presenting on Homestay Tourism in Okinawa at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Marriot Balcony K at 1:20PM https://t.co/M1bT4uBmjJ

Professor Reece Jones is chairing an Author Meets Critics session on Gary Fields' Enclosure at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Astor Grand Ballroom D at 10:00AM

5-7PM tonight - Join our annual AAG pau hana at House of Blues, Voodoo Garden (225 Decatur St.) Alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the @UHManoa Dept. of Geography & Environment are welcome! #AAG2018

Professor Reece Jones is presenting on Theorizing Open Borders at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Marriott Studio 6 at 8:00AM

PhD student Borjana Lubura is presenting on Stranded in Serbia at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in the Marriott Studio 4 at 3:20PM https://t.co/voCBdd2Xp1

Professor Reece Jones is chairing three sessions on The New (Ab)Normal at Borders at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Marriott Studio 4 at 1:20, 3:20, and 5:20PM

PhD student Henryk Szadziewski is presenting on Chinese Aid and Investment in Fiji at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in the Marriott Regent at 10:00AM https://t.co/aDrn2EdKUw

Professor Reece Jones is speaking on a panel on Nick Megoran's Nationalism in Central Asia at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Marriott Balcony K at 10:00AM

Professor Reece Jones is speaking on a panel on border walls at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in Marriott Studio 9 at 8:00AM https://t.co/s1KUuzYZ5R

Professor Yi Qiang is presenting on Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning at #AAG2018 in New Orleans in the Astor Grand Balroom A at 8:00AM
https://t.co/vI8u7BEyHk