News from the Department of Geography and Environment

Dr. Jen-hu Chang, professor of geography at UH from 1965-1985, passed away at age 92 on November 25. After leaving UH, he was the president of Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan for 34 years

UH Geography and Environment offers online extension classes through UHM Outreach College. A list of our Spring 2020 semester courses may be viewed here:

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Henryk Szadziewski (@henrykszad) has a new article in Political Geography (@Pol_Geog_Jl) titled, "Converging anticipatory geographies in Oceania: The Belt and Road Initiative and Look North in Fiji."

UH Geography and Environment MA Alum Marie McKenzie was recently hired as the full time Instructor in Geography at Leeward Community College. Congrats, Marie! @marie_maile

UH Geography and Environment Assistant Professor Lisa Kelley (@LisaCKelle)y has a new article in the Journal of Rural Studies titled, "Circular labor migration and land-livelihood dynamics in Southeast Asia's concession landscapes."

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Jacob Henry (@jacobofhume) has a new article in African Geographical Review (@AfricaGeoReview) critiquing schooling for job preparation in an era of mass, structural wagelessness and jobless growth.

UH Geography and Environment Emeritus Professor Sen-Dou Chang passed away on November 2 at the age of 95. He was a professor in the department from 1967 until 2007. A wake will be held at 11:15am on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Diamond Head Mortuary.

UH Geography and Environment Associate Professor Camilo Mora is organizing the next 10,000 tree planting event on Saturday, December 7 from 2-5pm at Gunstock Ranch, in Kahuku. To participate, register at

UH Geography and Environment lecturer Md Azmeary Ferdoush will begin his three-year postdoctoral position in early 2020, in Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland. He will work on the Arctic borders. Congrats, @M_A_Ferdoush!

UH Geog. & Env. PhD candidate Sayaka Sakuma Schrager presented "Forest as the Spoils of War: History & Production of Warfare Space in Yambaru Forest, Okinawa" at the 2019 Annual Mtg of the Human Geographical Society of Japan, held on Nov. 16-18 at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.

UH Geography and Environment Adjunct Professor, Basil Gomez is selected as a 2020 AAG Fellow. This is a prestigious title that recognizes a lifetime of achievement in the discipline. Congrats!

UH Geography and Environment PhD alum Yoshi Miyake began his postdoctoral research on organic agricultural policies in Europe and Japan at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University this Fall. Congrats, Yoshi!

A new edition of UH Geography and Environment Professor Alison Rieser's co-authored textbook, "Ocean and Coastal Law" is available now. The fifth edition of the publication features legal and policy challenges posed by the changing climate and oceans.

UH Geography and Environment has an undergraduate certificate in Geospatial Information Science. Students majoring in natural resource management, earth and ocean sciences, biophysical and social sciences may be interested in this certificate.

UH Geography & Env. PhD candidate Henryk Szadziewski (@henrykszad) presented a paper on Fiji's Look North and the Belt and Road Initiative on Nov. 6 at The Indo-Pacific and Silk Roads: Global Strategies three-day conference, held at U. of French Polynesia.

UH Geography and Environment 2020 Spring semester course list and seat availability is online at,

UH Geography & Environment students Katie Taladay, Yoko Uyehara, Derek Ford, and Ross Winans are volunteering with the Hawaiʻi Geographic Information Coordinating Councilʻs celebration of #GISDay at UH-Mānoa, to be held on BUSAD first floor on Nov. 18.,

Public lecture TODAY, Nov. 14 @ Noon in 443 Saunders - Public lecture by Dr. Seth Quintus, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UH-Mānoa on, "Constructed Landscapes, Environmental Constraints, and Legacy Effects: Components of Environmental Space in Pre-European Sāmoa."

Public lecture tomorrow, Thurs. Nov. 14 @ Noon in 443 Saunders - "Constructed Landscapes, Environmental Constraints, and Legacy Effects: Components of Environmental Space in Pre-European Sāmoa," by Dr. Seth Quintus, Assistant Professor of Anthropology @UHManoa.

Celebrate #GISday at @UHManoa on Nov. 13 - UH Geography & Environment MA alum and GIS coordinator @UHMLibrary, Mahany Lindquist, is hosting GIS Lighting Talks on the ground floor from 9am-12:45pm. Drs. Qi Chen, Yi Qiang, Dave Beilman, and Abby Frazier are a few of the presenters.

TUES.. Nov. 12, 3:00-4:30pm in 704F Saunders - UH Geography & Environment Drs. Reece Jones, Mary Mostafanezhad, and Yi Qiang will present at the 2019 @CSS_UHManoa Research Symposium,"'Seeds' for Success." For event details and flyer:

UH Geography and Environment Professor Reece Jones is the discussant at #asa2019 in Honolulu, for the session "Mobility Justice: Power, Policing, and Alternative Futures." 12:00pm today, Saturday, Nov. 9 in room 304B.

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