News from the Department of Geography and Environment

UH Geography and Environment Associate Professor Brian Szuster and PhD student Marcus Peng co-authored a new article titled, "Longitudinal perspectives on crowding and management at a beach park in Hawaiʻi," published in Ocean & Coastal Management,

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Desiree Simandjuntak will present a case study on a small-scale fishing community in Sulawesi at the inaugural AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies, to be held online June 22-26.;

Congratulations to UH Geography and Environment faculty members David Beilman and Camilo Mora on their recent promotion to full professors!

UH Geography & Env. PhD candidate Borjana Lubura was awarded the 2021-22 Nobumoto Tanahashi Peace Fellowship from @CSS_UHManoa Matsunaga Institute for Peace to assist with the completion of her dissertation on migrations along the Western Balkan route. Congrats, @Borjana_Lubura!

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Henryk Szadziewski was awarded our 2021 Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his research, "Everyday Geoeconomics on the Maritime Silk Road: Entrepreneurial Encounters in Fiji." Congrats, @henrykszad!

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Yuko Stender received honorable mention in our Outstanding Publication by a graduate student for her first-authored paper in SN Applied Sciences, Congrats!

UH Geography and Environment recent PhD graduate Jacob Henry (@jacobofhume) won our 2021 Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student for his paper titled, "Whiteness in transit: the racialized geographies of international volunteering," published in Social & Cultural Geography.

UH Geography and Environment awards one graduating MA or PhD student with the Neal & Rohma Bowers Graduate Award each year. The selection is made based on the student's scholarly record and contributions to the department. Congrats @akkagawa on winning the 2020-21 award!

Congratulations Maile Greenhill for winning the Neal & Rohma Bowers Undergraduate Award for outstanding undergraduate major in Geography and Environment this year!

UH Geography and Environment Professor Reece Jones (@ReeceJonesUH) wrote about the centennial of the Emergency Quota Act for the Washington Post.

Congratulations to our Spring 2021 MA and PhD graduates!
* Jacqueline Dean, MA
* Jacob Henry, PhD
* Robert Lanfranchi, MA
*Tatsuki Kohatsu, MA
* Kira Webster, MA
* Ross Winans, MA

UH Geography and Environment alum Md. Azmeary Ferdoush (PhD, '19) will give a talk titled, “Showcase Citizenship: The Sovereign, State, and Territory Along the Margin of South Asia” on May 20, 5pm (UK) @CRASSHlive University of Cambridge. Register here:

Congratulations to our Spring 2021 BA graduates!
* Lucian Anderson
* Jocelyn Grandinetti
* Maile Greenhill
* David Perreira
* Owen Sutton
* Leo Turetsky
* Aaron Van
* Ian Witter
* Kairis Yam

UH Geography and Environment alum Sayaka S. Sakuma @gekisai_one (PhD, 2020) has a new article entitled, "Souvenirs of Solidarity: Toward an Okinawa-centered politics of demilitarization" in The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus (@apjjf).

UH Geography and Environment undergraduate student Kainoa Kester was awarded the 2021 Everett Wingert Geography Scholarship to support his research and study in Geospatial Technologies. Congrats!

UH Geography & Environment students Julianna Davis (photo) and Kainoa Kester were awarded UROP funds for their research projects this year. @JulesDaavis' project is, “Between East and West: An investigation of Greek ethnic identity formation, European geopolitics, and migration."

As we come to the end of the 2020-21 academic year, we celebrated the achievements of our students and peers in our annual student symposium via Zoom this past Friday. Great work to all who presented their research and updates from the field!

UH Geography and Environment Professor Marina Karides (@marina_karides) has a new book, "Sappho's Legacy: Convivial Economics on a Greek Isle" published by @SUNYPress.

UH Geography and Environment alum Wendy Miles (PhD, 2015) is the co-author of a new report published by the @EastWestCenter, "Landscape Conservation in a Changing Climate: Lessons from the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative." Find out more at

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Henryk Szadziewski (@henrykszad) has a new peer-reviewed commentary article published by Geographical Research titled, "Everyday geoeconomics: The belt and road initiative in Oceania."

UH Geography and Environment Affiliate Faculty member Henry Diaz was named one of Reuters' 1000 most influential climate scientists.

UH Geography and Environment MA student Tatsuki Kohatsu will defend his thesis, "A Militarized Island: Everyday (In)Securities in Okinawa" this Thursday, May 7 at 2:20pm via Zoom. His committee chair is @GeogProfMary.

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