Educators and researchers in GEM study and teach all aspects of coupled earth systems, focusing on human interactions with terrestrial and marine processes, from mountaintops to mid-ocean.

Teaching and Research Faculty

Andrea Allan, Larry Becker, Laurie Becker, Michael Campana, Lynette de Silva, Kelsey Emard, Erica Fleishman, Matthew Goslin, Hannah Gosnell, Michael Harte, Demian Hommel, Julia Jones, Robert Kennedy, Tyler McFadden, Andrew Meigs, Phil Mote, Peder Nelson, Mark Raleigh, Mary Santelmann, Jenna Tilt, Jamon Van Den Hoek, Kuuipo Walsh, James Watson, Aaron Wolf, David Wrathall, Kaplan Yalcin

Spring 2023 Geography and Geospatial Sciences Seminar Series

Theme: Geography of a complex world

Fridays 1 to 2 p.m. in burt Hall room 193

Seminars will be in person. If remote attendance is needed, please contact

There will be a reception after every seminar from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in the Burt 193 foyer.

See the Marston Lecture page for more information about the April 7, May 5, and May 19 lectures

April 7 (Marston Lecture)
Cascade Tuholske, Montana State University
Linking food security, climate change, and urbanization across Africa

April 14
Jamon Van Den Hoek, Oregon State University
Expanding the humanitarian horizon

April 21
Earth Day, no seminar

April 28
Christo Buizert, Oregon State University
Paleo perspectives on tipping points and hysteresis in the Earth System

May 5 (Marston Lecture)
Beth Tellman, University of Arizona
Understanding flood risk from space: Opportunities to adapt to changing risk and catalyze climate justice
(Speaker will present via Zoom onto the screen in Burt 193.)

May 12
Kofi Akamani, Southern Illinois University
Assessing the impacts of co-management on the resilience of rural forest-dependent communities in Ghana: Implications for Climate-Smart Forestry
(Speaker will present via Zoom onto the screen in Burt 193.)

May 19 (Marston Lecture)
William Moseley, Macalester College
When agronomy flirts with markets, gender and nutrition: A political ecology of the new green revolution for Africa and women’s food security in Burkina Faso
(Speaker will present via Zoom onto the screen in Burt 193.)

May 26
Elizabeth Koch, Environmental Law Institute
Supporting boundary-crossing relationships through inclusive water diplomacy

June 2
Dongyun Li, Associate Researcher/Associate Professor, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, PRC
Water governance in Yunnan Province, China

June 9
Karine Gagné, University of Guelph
Climate change beyond the technocratic Himalayas: Living with snow droughts in Zanskar
(Speaker will present via Zoom onto the screen in Burt 193.)