The Marston Lecture in Geography was established in 2015 by Geography alumnus Richard A. Marston (M.S. ‘76, Ph.D. ‘80). The Marston Lecture was created to bring national and international scholars who have made important contributions in the areas of geographic inquiry to OSU.

2023 Marston Lectures

May 19, 1 p.m.
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Lecture: 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: William Moseley, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography, Macalester College


May 5 – watch the recording

Lecture: Understanding flood risk from space: Opportunities to adapt to changing risk and catalyze climate justice

Speaker: Beth Tellman, Assistant Professor, School of Geography, Development, and Environment, University of Arizona


April 7– watch the recording

Lecture: Linking food security, climate change, and urbanization across Africa

Speaker: Cascade Tuholske, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University


See information about the other Geography and Geospatial Sciences Seminars during the Spring 2023 term.

Past Marston Lectures

  • 2022 Marston Lectures:
    Julia Corbett - New directions for communicating the climate crisis
    Jenna Tilt - Resilience reimagined: Why equity matters
  • 2019 Marston Lecture: Jane Lubchenco - Tackling wicked environmental problems with complex-adaptive-systems thinking
  • 2018 Marston Lecture: Simon Donner - Living islands: Coping with sea-level rise in Kiribati and the Pacific islands
  • 2016 Marston Lecture: Alexander B. Murphy - The integration struggle in Europe: Geographical considerations
  • 2015 Inaugural Marston Lecture: Richard A. Marston - Physical geography and geographic information science in environmental management: Past lessons and prospects for the future

Richard A. Marston is a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at Kansas State University. He served as the 102nd President of the Association of American Geographers from 2005-06. He is an Emeritus Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Geomorphology. The American Institute of Hydrology first certified Marston as Professional Hydrologist #488 in 1984. Marston is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geographical Society, Explorers Club, Geological Society of America, and Royal Geographical Society. The Association of American Geographers recognized him in 2003 with the Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors.