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Previous GES Seminars

Fall  2019

Tropical forests getting their fix: The patterns, controls, and effects of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing trees in regenerating tropical forests
Benton Taylor,
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


GES 701 faculty panel – Navigating sticking points in the research process

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Bringing Social, Information, and Natural Sciences
Together to Understand Human Transformation of Earth
Dr. Erle Ellis, Professor, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

The principal investigator of a UMBC-led “massively collaborative” project published in Science magazine will describe how archaeologists, geographers, and information science came together to show that human societies began transforming Earth thousands of years earlier than known by Earth scientists; evidence for an earlier Anthropocene.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: ITE 229


Redefining aquatic habitat connectivity for urban catchments
Dr. Anne Timm, USDA Forest Service, Baltimore

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


GES 701 faculty panel – Scholarly writing: Getting started, getting through, and knowing when you’re finished

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Venezuelan migration to Peru: Reworking notions of solidarity, conflict and deservingness in Lima
Dr. Dena Aufseeser, Assistant Professor, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Protecting Public Health and the Environment in a Changing Climate.
Dr. Joel Scheraga, Senior Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Scheraga leads EPA’s work on climate adaptation to ensure the agency continues to fulfill its mission of protecting public health and the environment even as the climate changes. A central focus of this effort is supporting states, tribes, local communities, and businesses as they prepare for and increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change. In December 2015, Dr. Scheraga was honored with a Presidential Rank Award, the highest honor given to career members of the federal Senior Executive Service. Dr. Scheraga was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The following is an article from last September’s Brown Alumni Monthly about his work. https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2018-09-05/weather-warrior

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Fine Arts Recital Hall


All the way to the Bank: Urban Redevelopment and the Quest for Profits After the Crisis
Dr. Renee Tapp, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

This talk examines the relationship between banks and urban redevelopment after the 2008 global financial crisis. Focusing on the federal historic tax credit industry, I demonstrate how new ways to own property intersected with post-crisis financial regulations meant to limit banks’ reach into financial markets to ignite large-scale redevelopment projects in the urban core of many US cities. Banks increasingly switched their focus from ‘cash flows’ to extracting tax-benefits from these buildings. By positioning tax credits as a source of financial accumulation, this talk draws attention to the strategies and tactics that investors use to construct their investment portfolio, create liquidity in the built environment, and enrich their shareholders and executives with taxpayer-subsidized investments.

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: TBA


GES 701 faculty panel – Policy, politics, and the public: how do/should scholars get involved?

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


JCET Poster Session – Sondheim basement hallway

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm

Plant community responses to hydrologic changes in Pacific Northwest urban and coastal ecosystems

Dr. Alan Yeakley, Professor and Chair, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

Date: Postponed to Spring 2020
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: TBA


 

Spring 2019


Contemporary Land Enclosures in Central Sudan: Troubling the Romanticization of the ‘Commons.’
Nisrin Elamin PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, Stanford University

Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


The Fourth National Climate Assessment: Process and Summary Findings   —-  CANCELLED
Carolyn Olson, USGS (retired)

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Waste in crisis: The formation of waste disposal networks in post-industrial Baltimore
John-Henry Pitas, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

and

TBA
Gina Lee, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sherman 150


The role of spatial variation in habitat quality and dispersal in maintaining diversity across
spatial scales in the urban hydroscape of the Baltimore Metropolitan Region

Nicole Voelker, PhD Candidate, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Biodiversity in urban landscapes: Ecological drivers and social benefits
Dr. Bianca Lopez, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Ecological Synthesis Center

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Data bodies, smart bodies and sensible bodies: post-human corporeality in the digitally mediated city
Dr. Gillian Rose, Professor, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Plant geography upon the basis of function: how trait data help address classic and unsolved questions
Nathan Swenson, Professor of Biology, University of Maryland College Park

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Biodiversity in urban landscapes: Ecological drivers and social benefits
Dr. Bianca Lopez, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Ecological Synthesis Center 

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


A work of imagination: building neighborhoods and crafting home in 1970s Washington, D.C.
Dr. Amanda Huron, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of the District of Columbia

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


Plant community responses to hydrologic changes in Pacific Northwest urban and coastal ecosystems
Dr. Alan Yeakley, Professor and Chair, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001


More trees equals less crime: dismantling urban ecology tropes in Baltimore
Dr. Dillon Mahmoudi, Assistant Professor, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sondheim 001



Spring 2018

February 14
Danny Flier, NPS

February 21
Christopher Trisos, Postdoctoral fellow, SESYNC
“Potential consequences for biodiversity of climate change and climate engineering”

February 28
Dr. Heidi Heausermann, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University
“The politics and health implications of unregulated gold mining in Ghana”

March 7
Dr. Laura Ogden, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
“Forest ethnography: An approach to study environmental history and political ecology of urban forests”

March 14
Dr. Grace Brush, Professor, Department of Environmental Health & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
“A history of sedimentation in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries”

March 28
Dr. Heather Randell, Postdoctoral fellow, SESYNC
“Too hot for school:climate change & education in the global tropics”

April 4
GES Grad Students Lightning talks

April 18
Dr. John Weishampel, Professor, Biology Department, University of Central Florida
“Using LiDAR to Understand the Landscape Archaeology of a Maya Polity & Its Environmental Legacies”

 

Fall 2017

September 13
Michael Cove, North Carolina State University

September 20
GES Faculty Panel
Defining your research project

September 27
Jim Fleming, Colby College

October 4
Chris Shuman, JCET

October 11
Colin Cuniff, AAAS Policy Fellow

October 18
Andy Miller,  UMBC Dept. of Geography & Environmental Systems

 

Spring 2016

February 24
Don Outen, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

March 23
Emily Billo, Department of Environmental Studies Goucher College

April 13
Aaron Ellison, Harvard Forest Harvard University

April 27
Faculty and Graduate Student Panel
Publishing: How to Survive Peer Review

 

Spring 2015

March 11
Lorraine Remer, UMBC-NASA Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)

March 25
Stuart Aitken, San Diego State University

April 1
Shiloh Krupar ,Georgetown University

April 8
JCET Research Posters

May 6
Thomas Crimson, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida

 

Fall 2014

September 15
Rebecca Lave, Department of Geography, University of Indiana
Marketing Environmental Science and Management: Stream Mitigation Banking in the U.S.

September 24
Lee Blaney, Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, UMBC

October 1
Paul Leisnham, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, UM-College Park

December 3
Graduate student panel on fieldwork: Anna Johnson, Sam Dupree, Molly Van Appledorn, Brooks Binau

 

Spring 2014

February 5
Dr. Christopher Shuman
Associate Research Scientist, Joint System for Earth Systems Technology, UMBC
Mass Balance of northern Antarctic Peninsula glaciers and their continuing response to ice shelf loss, 2001-2013

February 19
Dr. Joseph Mascaro
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Topic: The World Makers: Ecologists as Ecosystem Designers

March 5
Dr. Mona Atia, Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

March 26
Dr. Elizabeth Selig, Director of Marine Science, Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Conservation International, Arlington, VA.
Quantifying ocean ecosystem health and identifying marine conservation priorities

April 16
Dr. Dena Aufseeser, Assistant Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC
Re-theorizing the political: Peruvian street children’s everyday lives

April 23
Dr. Allen Gellis, USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center
Sediment  withdrawals and deposits, Chesapeake Bay Watershed: It’s not just  banks!

April 30
Dr. Mark Bulmer, Owner and Director of Development of Roedown and Roedown Research R2
Earthquake preparedness in Bangladesh

 

Fall 2013

September 11
Jonathan Dandois, Ph.D. candidate, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC
Ecosynth: A personal remote sensing toolkit for ecologists

Molly Van Appledorn, Ph.D. candidate, Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC
Discerning community structuring mechanisms in riparian forest ecosystems

September 25
Karyn Tabor, Director of Ecosystem Modeling and Early Warning Systems
Betty & Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Conservation International
A Near Real-time Decision Support System Improving Forest Management in the Tropics

October 16
Dr. James Pizzuto
Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware
Suspended Sediment Transport Length Scales and Velocities for the Mid-Atlantic Region:  Will it Take 1000 Years to Restore the Chesapeake Bay?

October 30
Dr. Donald Boesch
President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Updating Maryland’s Sea-Level Rise Projections

November 13
Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, UMBC
Poster Session

November 20
Dr. Raymond Danner
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
The geography of thermal ecology and evolution in birds

December 4
Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Studies, Goucher College
The New American Farmer: Agrarian Questions and Immigrant Mexican Growers in The United States

 

Spring 2013

March 13
Dr. Sean M.C. Smith, University of Maine at Orono, School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Bryand Global Sciences Center
The Recognition, Regulation and Research of Headwater Streams in the Contemporary Landscape

March 27
Dr. Jeffrey Halverson, UMBC Dept. of Geography & Environmental Systems
Hunting Hurricanes In the 21st Century: NASA’s Hurricanes and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) UAV Program

April 8
Dr. Barbara Allen, Director, Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies, Dept. of Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech
Justice Matters: Measuring the Success of NGOs in Sustainable Disaster Rebuilding

April 24
Dr. Kevin Turpie, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, UMBC
Mapping pelagic autotrophs from Space – converting photons into food for plants and for thought

May 8
Dr. Dawn Biehler, UMBC Department of Geography & Environmental Systems
Silent Spring in the City: Housing, Environmental Justice, and the History of Urban Pest Management

 

Fall 2012

September 5 – Three GES Ph.D. candidates present their research:
Anna Johnson
A Metacommunity Approach to Urban Plant Community Assembly

Jonathan Dandois
High Spatial Resolution Automated Three Dimensional Vegetation Structure Mapping Using Computer Vision

Yvette Williams
A Qualitative Study of Vacant Lot Management in a Southwest Baltimore City Neighborhood

September 19
Dr. Andrew Elmore, Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
A river runs under it: Modeling the distribution of streams and stream burial in large river basins

October 3
Dr. Andrew Turner, Chief Technical Officer, ESRI DC R&D Center
Citizens and Scientists: Collaborative Geography for Better Understanding Our World

October 17
Dr. Nathaniel Hitt, Leetown Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Spatial Modeling to Predict Stream Sensitivity to Climate Change

November 7
Dr. Dana Fisher, Director, Program for Society and the Environment and Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Maryland College Park
Citizens as the Missing Pillar in the Hybrid Governance of Urban Stewardship Regimes

November 14
Dr. T. Garrett  Graddy,  Global Environmental Politics, School of International Service, American University
Re-Centering In Situ: Policy, Epistemology & the Decentralization of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond

November 28
Dr. Dianna Hogan, Eastern Geographic Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey

Novel Urban Stormwater Management: The Clarksburg, MD Research Project