GAGE Nominates New Officers

Last week we had elections for new GAGE officers and these are the winners. Congratulations!

President: Cody Schank
Vice President: Brendan Hoover
Secretary: Greta Wells
Treasurer: Paul Flynn
Grad Rep: Kaiti Tasker
Assistant Grad Rep: Amelia Sosnowski
GSA Rep: Aaron Groth
Historian: William Delgado

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Super Spring 2016

Graduate students in the Department of Geography and the Environment had a record-setting Spring semester of awards, grants, and fellowships. Twelve graduate students received 16 different honors for an estimated total of $230,000. Of the 16 honors, an impressive 11 were from sources external to the University of Texas and 5 were from sources within the University of Texas. Federal agencies played an important funding role, including two awards from the National Science Foundation and one each from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of State. Four best paper awards were received at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Below is a list of graduate students and their respective awards. Well done everyone!!!!

Robert Bean – Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Grant to Botswana in Geography from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board; UT-Austin Department of Geography and the Environment Robert E. Veselka Endowed Fellowship for Graduate Research Travel

William Delgado – LLILAS E.D. Farmer Fellowship for 2016-2017; Master’s Student Best Research Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers Water Resources Specialty Group; UT-Austin Department of Geography and the Environment Robert E. Veselka Endowed Fellowship for Graduate Research Travel

Kalli Doubleday – Doctoral Fellowship from American Association of University Women, Austin Branch; Society of Women Geographers Evelyn L. Pruitt Fellowship; Graduate Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers Animal Geography Specialty Group

Colin Doyle – UT-Austin Department of Geography and the Environment Robert E. Veselka Endowed Fellowship for Graduate Research Travel

Bisola Falola – Graduate Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers Qualitative Research Specialty Group

Paul Flynn – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program; Graduate Mentoring Fellowship from the UT-Austin Graduate School; UT-Austin Department of Geography and the Environment Robert E. Veselka Endowed Fellowship for Graduate Research Travel

Paul Holloway – Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher from the 24th GIS Research Conference (U.K.) at the University of Greenwich

Brendan Hoover – U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

Samantha Krause – UT-Austin Department of Geography and the Environment Robert E. Veselka Endowed Fellowship for Graduate Research Travel

Edward Park – National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant; Bruton Fellowship from UT-Austin

Kaiti Tasker – UT-Austin Continuing Fellowship

Greta Wells – Master’s Student Best Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers Geomorphology Specialty Group

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Robert Bean studies flooding history of the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Robert Bean is has also spent the majority of the summer in Botswana studying the flooding history of the Okavango Delta around the Makgadikgadi, Mababe, and Ngami sub-basins where the delta terminates.

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Above: Together with Dr. Thoralf Meyer, Dan Levine, and UT alum Matt Hubbard, Robert Bean and others dig a 5 foot trench

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Dan Levine spends summer TAing in Botswana

The majority of Dan Levine’s summer has been spent in a tent TAing for the department’s faculty-led study abroad program in Botswana. Working alongside Dr. Thoralf Meyer, the program immerses undergraduate students in hands-on fieldwork and coursework focused on the vegetation, wildlife, and people of the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta environments.
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Above: Dan standing next to Green’s Baobab in the Makgaldikgaldi Pans of Botswana; this massive tree was a popular stopping point for early explorers of the region.
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Greta Wells conducts field work in the Columbian Andes

Greta Wells is conducting her Master’s research on jökulhlaups in Iceland.  Specifically, she’s working to reconstruct a Holocene history of these glacial outburst floods along a river channel that drains the country’s largest ice cap.  To find clues of past floods, she studies geomorphologic features and analyzes rock samples and sediment cores.  Greta is pictured here taking a sediment core from a lake perched at 3000 meters in the Colombian Andes during a separate summer research project on paleoclimate reconstruction.  The next stop for this coring equipment (and Greta) is Iceland!

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Above: Greta and team extract Columbian sediment core

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Kaitlin Tasker explores conservation in Cordillera Azul National Park, Peru

Kaitlin Tasker’s Master’s research explores how the spatial patterns of conservation priority differ when informed by economic principles, landscape ecology, and carbon content. She is conducting research in Cordillera Azul National Park, Peru.

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Above: Kaitlin Tasker takes coordinates for a recently expanded road in the buffer zone of Cordillera Azul National Park, Peru.

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Sam Krause conducts geoarchaeological research in northwestern Belize

Sam Krause is surveying ancient water features and and collecting soil samples for geoarchaeological/ geochemical analysis in northwestern Belize this summer. She’ll be in the field for 9 weeks working with the Maya Research Program. Keep up the hard (and sweaty) work Sam!

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Above: Sam fights her way through the jungle, machete in hand

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Kalli Doubleday conducts research on human wildlife conflict in Rajasthan, India

Kalli Doubleday is working in Rajasthan, India on human wildlife conflict and coexistence. She helps STCO, a local wildlife rescue hotline, give wildlife information workshops in rural villages where she then conducts her focus groups. Improving peoples’ species identification benefits both humans and wildlife.
Above: Kalli educates villagers on local wildlife
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Jillian Ames attends course in Umea, Sweden on Climate Change and Public Health

Jillian spent a portion of her summer attending a course on climate change and health through the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health at The University of Umea in Umea, Sweden. The course featured a series of lectures and practical sessions led by international researchers, including David Hondula at Arizona State University’s School of Geospatial Science, and Joacim Rocklov and Maria Nilsson at the University of Umea’s Department of Epidemiology.  Prominent course topics included climate change, disease modeling and statistics, public and global health, environmental economics, and environmental science. The last day of the course students participated in a mock United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting that mimicked the formal negotiating process countries undergo to pass legislation relating to climate change. Jillian plans to incorporate some of the new modeling skills she acquired from the course in her Masters’ thesis.

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Above: Jillian in front of The University of Umea’s Department of Epidemiology and Global Heath

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Jillian Ames and Christine Bonthius selected for the 2015-2016 Brumley Next Generation Fellows Program

Jillian Ames and Christine Bonthius were selected for the 2015-2016 Brumley Next Generation Fellows Program!

Funded by the Struass Center’s Brumley Program in International Affairs and by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Service, the Brumley Next Generation Fellows program seeks to provide a transformative experience for UT graduate students from an array of disciplines, accelerating their path towards career success with an emphasis on building professional and scholarly skills and networks.

The program consists of two components. First, a series of monthly colloquia in which Fellows and faculty meet to discuss their current work and possible avenues for collaboration. The colloquia provides a venue for engagement with visiting policymakers, practitioners, and scholars in order to discuss both substantive issues and career development. Secondly, a mentor-guided research project for the academic year. Each Fellow is paired with a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar in order to design and execute a research project related to the Fellow’s research interests in one of the Strauss Center’s core program areas.

Jillian will work with Associate Professor Josh Busby under the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability program while Christine will work with Associate Professor Eugene Gholz and Assistant Professor Josh Eisenman under the Strauss Center’s Energy Security program. GAGE looks forward to seeing how Jillian and Christine’s research projects play out- congratulations ladies!

 

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Events on March 3, 2017
  • Recruitment Weekend
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: March 3, 2017 - 5:00 pm
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Events on March 4, 2017
  • GAGE Picnic
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: March 4, 2017 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA
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Events on March 24, 2017
  • GAGE Meeting
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 24, 2017 - 3:00 pm
    Description: -Talk with Andy Sansom is scheduled (announce time/location)
    -Ordering Mugs (show the design)
    -Think about nominations for officers for next year (only 1-2 more meetings left in the year)

    -Redistricting Subcommittee
  • Colloquium (Tripti Bhattacharya)
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm
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Events on March 28, 2017
  • Talk with Andy Sansom
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: CLA 1.302 E
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Events on March 31, 2017
  • Bjorn Sletto Informal Workshop
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 31, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Description: Mark your calendars for Bjorn Sletto's informal workshop which will be held March 31st from 3-4 pm. I know that's not exactly lunch time, but we were trying to ensure that as many people as possible can attend, and therefore scheduled it at the normal colloquium time. I will pass along a flyer and a room location as soon as I have it, but I wanted you all to have the date for now.

    We plan to also disseminate the info to LILAS and any other interested departments, so if you have any suggestions on groups that would like to know about the workshop, please pass that along to me!

    Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!