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GES Seminars

We are still planning a few additional seminar offerings. Come back to this page for more details later. All seminars open to anyone interested in attending.


Wednesday Feb. 3, 12 noon – 1 p.m.

A series of seven E-lightning presentations by our JCET Affiliate Research Faculty

WebEx Meeting link: https://umbc.webex.com/umbc/JCET-GES E-lightning
Meeting number: 20 893 2402
Password: YMn6

Introduction – Dr. Ali Tokay

UMBC’s Satellite in Space: HARP Cubesat

Dr. Lorraine Remer

Inter-Comparison of Forest Cover Areas in Panama Based on Optical and SAR Observations in Support of UN-SDG 15.2.1
Dr. Amita Mehta

Diurnal and Seasonal Variation in Vegetation Photosynthesis and the Associated Fluorescence and Reflectance Properties, at Leaf and Canopy Scale
Dr. Petya Campbell

Examining Tundra Greening from Ground-based to Satellite Observations
Dr. Fred Huemmrich

Visualizing Change with Landsat at Helheim Glacier, East Greenland, 1972 to 2020
Dr. Christopher Shuman

Subterranean Controls on Glacier Position, Croker Bay, Devon Ice Cap
Dr. Kevin Turpie with PhD student Nicole Trenholm

Evaluation of Operational Radar Snowfall Estimate in Northern Great Lakes
Dr. Ali Tokay



Wednesday, February 10, 12 noon – 1 pm ET

Title: Synthesizing plant community and ecosystem responses in global change experiments
Dr. Meghan Avolio, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University


Tuesday, February 16, 4:00-5:30 pm ET

Dresher Center for the Humanities, Humanities Forum

Embodying Empire Through Captivity: Geographies of Caged Animals, Human Domination, and Struggle in New York’s Central Park
Dr. Dawn Biehler, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Sytems, UMBC

Wednesday, February 24, 12 noon – 1 pm ET

The Baltimore Eviction Study and Urban Displacement in U.S. Cities
Dr. Timothy Thomas, Research Director, Urban Displacement Project, University of California, Berkeley

WebEx Link: https://umbc.webex.com/umbc/j.php?MTID=mf47ff5dc4b93cb7d4ddc014fe0022731


Wednesday, March 10, 12 noon – 1 pm ET

Use of groundwater-surface water modeling as an investigative tool in the urban critical zone
Dr. Claire Welty, Director, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education and Professor of Environmental Engineering, UMBC

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Wednesday, March 31, 12 noon – 1 pm ET

Title: TBA

Dr. Jacquelyn Gill, Associate Professor of Paleocology & Plant Ecology, School of Biology & Ecology, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine

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Wednesday, April 14th, 12 noon – 1 pm ET

COVID-19 and its Effects on Latinx Immigrant Communities: Joining the call for abolition
Dr. Yolanda Valencia, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

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Wednesday, April 28th, Time TBD

Center for Social Science Scholarship, Social Sciences Forum

Engaged Scholarship for Climate Justice:
Harnessing the Power of Colleges and Universities in the Age of the Anthropocene
Dr. Tracey Osborne, Associate Professor of of Management of Complex Systems,
University of California-Merced

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Thursday, April 29th, 4:00-5:30 pm ET

Dresher Center for the Humanities, Annual Daphne Harrison Lecture

Making Abolition Geographies
Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore,Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, the Graduate Center, City University of New York

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(to see a list of previous GES Seminars click here)