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.


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

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!

Sam Krause Belize

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

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

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.


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

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!


Amy McCullough conducts summer research on Airbnbs in Cancún, Mexico

Amy McCullough is spending a portion of the summer in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico where she is conducting research on local Airbnbs by personally using the service, chatting with Airbnb hosts, and recruiting study participants. Amy is pictured below with Airbnb host (and Mexico City resident) Lilia Bujan. Following an interview with Lilia, Amy received a tour of the rental which she said was “the most interesting Airbnb lodging I could find in Cancún. It was a bare bones room advertised as “excelente para mochileros” (excellent for backpackers) and rents for $9/night!” Vamos a Cancún!




Above: Amy with Airbnb host Lilia Bujan

2015-2016 GAGE Officers Elected

UT GAGE has completed officer elections for the 2015-2016 academic year. The elected officers began their term May 15, 2015.
The UT Graduate Association of Geography and the Environment Officers of 2015-2016 are as follows:
President: Kalli Doubleday

Vice President: Kaitlin Tasker

Treasurer: Dan LeVine

Secretary: Jillian Ames

Grad Rep: Bisola Falola

GSA Rep: Sam Krause

Historian: Greta Wells

March Brown Bag: Publishing Strategies

March 27, 2015 – Black Coffee with Jennifer: Publishing Strategies

Thanks to Jennifer Miller for the great publishing tips! If you missed our our latest brown bag session, the notes are attached. Thank you to everyone who made it out.

Those of you who have further questions, or suggestions for future brownbags, get in touch with Kalli Doubleday: kdoubleday@utexas.edu

March Brown Bag

AAG 2015 Schedule

Thanks to Kalli Doubleday for putting together the schedule for AAG 2015! Click on the link below to see where/when everyone is presenting. The list is alphabetical by last name.

AAG 2015 Graduate Student Participation Schedule

December’s Professional Development Brown Bag

Professors Caroline Faria, Jennifer Miller and Paul Adams held the first professional development brown bag luncheon of the year, in the Digital Learning Lab on December 5th. The first of what promises to be a regular event, the brown bag focused on strategizing for conferences and job offers early on. Notes from Kalli Doubleday are as follows:

1. AAG specialty groups are great opportunities and are important for distinguishing yourself within the sub-disciplines
2. If you are competing in competitions at the AAG, be there when they call your name!
3. Be strategic where you accept your first job – it is difficult to leave community college jobs
4. While finishing your dissertation, it might be worth considering a job outside academia so that you can focus on writing your dissertation and publishing without the work load that comes with TA, AI or Post-Docs etc
5. While writing your dissertation, it is also important to consider the benefits of taking longer to graduate so that you have time to get out publications while a grad student – ONCE YOU’RE OUT, YOU’RE OUT
6. It may be worth it to go on the market a little early just to get acquainted with the process, interviewing, packet preparation
7. There are such things as Pre-Docs – look them up

Future brown bag opportunities will be sent out over the GAGE listserv for those interested. Thanks so much to Dr. Faria, Dr. Miller, and Dr. Adams for their time and input!