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.

Faculty and graduate teaching assistants of @UHManoa Dept. of Geography & Environment in communication assessment this morning (DiSC training).

UH Geog. & Env. Asst. Professor Yi Qiang, Professor Qi Chen, and @UH_DURP Asst. Professor Suwan Shen co-authored the paper, "Visibility analysis of oceanic blue space using digital elevation models" in Landscape and Urban Planning (vol. 181). Access here: https://t.co/i25YVJPDQ7

Public talk TODAY, Oct. 11th @ Noon in 443 Saunders: "The Material Politics of Production and Military-State Making in Myanmar," by Dr. Kevin Woods, Visiting Scholar @EastWestCenter.

UH Dept. of Geography & Environment Associate Professor Camilo Mora is featured in this story by Ilana Strauss on @HuffPost, "The Strange Story Behind The Animals We Know We Haven’t Yet Discovered" (Sept. 29, 2018). Read it here, https://t.co/rRvnswaSA5

Public lecture this Thursday, Oct. 11th @ Noon in 443 Saunders: "The Material Politics of Production and Military-State Making in Myanmar," by Dr. Kevin Woods, Visiting Scholar @EastWestCenter. All are welcome to attend.

Cheerful Geography Club members brave the elements for a muddy Sunday summit of the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail!! Stay tuned for our next adventure!! #hikehawaii via https://t.co/CTWBwMuQYM

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Dylan Beatty is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of the Philippines, Diliman (@Official_UPD) as he completes his dissertation research.

UH Geog. & Env. Assistant Prof. Lisa Kelley is co-organizing a Pre- #aagDC workshop on Critical Physical Geog. for grad students, March 30 - April 1, 2019 in the Washington, D.C. area. To apply send 800-1000 word description of PhD research to rlave@indiana.edu by 11/2. #AAG2019

CFP #aagDC: Geographies of Work Beyond the ‘Proper Job,' https://t.co/pC55u5AwNA - Paper session organized by @UHManoa Geography & Environment PhD student Jacob Henry (@jacobofhume). #AAG2019

CFP #AAG2019: "Bagels and bytes: Geographies of food in our precarious present," https://t.co/VWSah1m9o1 - Paper Session organized by @UHManoa Geography & Environment PhD candidate @BenSchrager, and Dr. Christine Barnes with @KingsCollegeLon

This Sunday, Oct. 7th, 8:30AM - 12:00PM -- Join the @UHManoa Geography Club for a morning hike on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail! For details and contact information: https://t.co/CTWBwMdg7e

ASPRS Monthly Brown Bag Meeting TODAY, Monday 10/1 from 12-1pm in 443B Saunders -- Planning for upcoming GIS Day (on Nov. 13, 2018). GIS Day is a fun morning with high school students introducing them to GIS and Remote Sensing.

Geog. & Env. PhD student Laura Williams was awarded funding from @GSOManoa to cover travel expenses to the Pacific Northwest as part of her research on the geopolitics of refugee resettlement & political ecology of food sovereignty development initiatives in the region. Congrats!

Talk TODAY, Sept. 27 @ Noon in 443 Saunders by Dr. Laurel Mei-Singh, Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies @uhm_es on, "Rituals of Protection: Competing Visions of Environmental Care at Mākua, a Site of Militarized Dispossession." All are welcome to attend.

UH Geography and Environment Professor Reece Jones is giving the opening address at the 5th Borders and Border Walls conference in Montreal on Thursday @UQAM @Border_Walls @RDandurand https://t.co/RlANV4XdDd

Public lecture this Thursday, Sept. 27th @ Noon in 443 Saunders: "Rituals of Protection: Competing Visions of Environmental Care at Mākua, a Site of Militarized Dispossession," by Dr. Laurel Mei-Singh, Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies @uhm_es. All are welcome to attend.

The Department of Geography and Environment @UHManoa has decided to no longer require GRE scores as part of the graduate admissions process. The up-to-date guidelines for applying are here: https://t.co/YwnrH569bu

Alumni News - Abby Frazier (PhD, 2016) gave the presentation entitled, "Hawaiʻi Drought Synthesis" at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, July 24-26 in Honolulu.

We welcomed faculty and graduate students of @UHManoa Geography & Environment at our Fall department party recently. Great to see everyone in good spirits!

UH Geog. & Env. Assistant Professor Yi Qiang et al. has a new article, "A synthesis of disaster resilience measurement methods and indices" in the October 2018 International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Access it here, https://t.co/ScRP8R6Pb2

CFP #aagDC in April 2019: Liquidity of borders: Exploring meanings and effects of (non)autonomy of contemporary migrations, -- Organized by @UHManoa Geography & Environment PhD student Borjana Lubura & PhD candidate @M_A_Ferdoush). cc: @theAAG

UH Geography and Environment PhD student Jacob Henry has a new research note published in Annals of Tourism Research entitled, "The unspeakable whiteness of volunteer tourism." Access it here, https://t.co/B12EblopKo - Congrats @jacobofhume!

UH Geog. & Env. PhD candidate Ryan Mudd presented at the Hawaiʻi Ecosystems Meeting, June 25-26 in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. The title of his presentation was, "A direct real-time connection with Hawaii’s unique & endangered wao akua." See the live plant cam project: https://t.co/54Z6OYNSvd

UH Geog. & Env. Professor Qi Chen et al. published the article, "Individual and Interactive Influences of Anthropogenic and Ecological Factors on Forest PM2.5 Concentrations at an Urban Scale" in @RemoteSens_MDPI (2018, Vol. 10, Issue 4). Access it here, https://t.co/HLSRGMTHGr

Public lecture TODAY, Sept. 13 @ Noon in 443 Saunders: "Integrating innovative technologies & traditional approaches to study resident and migratory cetaceans" from Dr. Lars Bejder (@lbejder), Director of Marine Mammal Research, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (@himb_soest).

UH Geography & Environment PhD candidate Dylan Beatty's article entitled "Sacred Geopolitics: Latter-day Saints in German Samoa during New Zealand's Invasion" was accepted for publication in Pacific Studies (2019, vol. 42, issue 1). Congrats, Dylan!

UH Geography & Environment PhD candidate Henry Szadziewski passed his proposal defense entitled, “Everyday Geopolitics Along the Maritime Belt and Road: Entrepreneurial Encounters in Fiji.” Congrats, Henry!

Public lecture this Thurs., Sept. 13 @ Noon in 443 Saunders: "Integrating innovative technologies & traditional approaches to study resident and migratory cetaceans" from Dr. Lars Bejder (@lbejder), Dir. of Marine Mammal Research, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (@himb_soest)

Today, Monday 9/10 @ 3PM in 443 Saunders -- UH Geog. & Env. PhD student Henry Szadziewski is presenting his dissertation research proposal entitled, "Everyday Geopolitics Along the Maritime Belt and Road: Entrepreneurial Encounters in Fiji." His committee chair is @GeogProfMary.

UH Geography & Environment MA student Ross Winnans was awarded funding from the Graduate Student Organization (@GSOManoa) to cover research supplies for his work on the Classification of Aerial LiDAR through Deep Learning. Congrats, Ross!

UH Geog. & Env. Assistant Professor Yi Qiang et al. published the article, "Extending Resilience Assessment to Dynamic System Modeling: Perspectives on Human Dynamics & Climate Change Research" in the Journal of Coastal Research. Read the abstract here: https://t.co/cDUQWwzlqw

UH Geog. & Env. PhD student Jacob Henry published the article, "Pedagogy, possibility, and pipe dreams: opportunities and challenges for radicalizing international volunteering," in the Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change (Aug 2018). Access abstract here, https://t.co/HYYWI0YamZ

UH Geog. & Env. Professor Tom Giambelluca & alumni Abby Frazier (PhD, 2016) discuss their research on Haleakalā, Maui in the @HawaiiSeaGrant TV series "Voice of the Sea." Watch the episode, "Climate From the Mountains to the Past" (Season 5, Ep. 8) here: https://t.co/6pvIgyP6MX

UH Geography & Environment Assistant Professor Yi Qiang et al. published the paper, "Mining Twitter Data for Improved Understanding of Disaster Resilience" in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers (Sept. 2018). Read the abstract here, https://t.co/jlafGXJbAl

Alumni News - This July, Abby Frazier (PhD, 2016) started work as a Fellow with the @EastWestCenter in the Early Career Scholars Program. She will be conducting research in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Congrats, Abby!

Congrats @UHManoa Geography & Env. graduate students Kirsten Moy, Katie Taladay, & Ross Winans, participants of the "Mapping Marine Debris" project, for reaching the Conversation x Lab finals. Good luck competing for the Grand Prize! Project info. here: https://t.co/yZApiCc4ou

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UH Geography & Environment Associate Professor Mary Mostafanezhad recently joined the Editorial Board of the journal Geopolitics (@geopol_jl) Congrats, Mary! https://t.co/ACezZkNr6j

UH Geography & Environment Professor Qi Chen et al. published the open access paper, "A forest attribute mapping framework: a pilot study in remote northern Canada. Remote Sensing" in @RemoteSens_MDPI. Access it here, https://t.co/K1HzfFmjDS

UH Geography & Environment Prof. Thomas Giambelluca et al. published the paper entitled "Will climate change shift the lower ecotone of tropical montane cloud forests upwards on islands?" in the Journal of Biogeography. Access the abstract here, https://t.co/XoUJg3gkSX

UH Geography & Environment Assistant Professor Lisa Kelley has an article in the June 2018 @RemoteSens_MDPI - "Using Google Earth Engine to Map Complex Shade-Grown Coffee Landscapes in Northern Nicaragua" - Access it here, https://t.co/2XpHMyo6lp , Congrats, Lisa!

UH Geography & Environment Associate Professor David Beilman received a grant from NSF for the research project entitled, "Reconstructing Late Holocene Ecosystem and Climate Shifts from Peat Records in the Western Antarctic Peninsula." Congrats, Dave!

UH Geog. & Env. PhD candidate Benjamin Schrager published a new article in the journal Japanese Studies. Access his paper entitled, "The Internationalization & the Industrialization of Chicken Husbandry in Japan in the 20th c." here, https://t.co/qWVPS7tTjh
Congrats @benschrager!

We are excited to welcome our new faculty member, Lisa Kelley, who officially begins this fall!

It is great to see everybody and welcome new @uhmanoa Geography & Environment graduate students to our department. We look forward to the new academic year with all!

UHM Geography & Environment Professor Reece Jones began his appointment as the Editor-in-Chief of Geopolitics this month. Congrats, Reece! https://t.co/ACezZkNr6j

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/KYvn4royn0

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