University of Colorado at Boulder



The Geography Department engages in cutting-edge research across the breadth of the discipline. CU Boulder is one of the few geography programs to maintain an active research profile in most of Geography's subfields. Our faculty and graduate students bring in significant extramural funding from such national agencies as the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, the US Forest Service, the US Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and USAID. Many of our faculty also have research appointments in campus centers and institutes including IBS, INSTAAR, and CIRES. Faculty research interests can be found on individual faculty and graduate student pages, while recent research achievements are highlighted in our 'research news' list (right), along with recent theses and dissertations (below).

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Recent Theses & Dissertations

Warren Jochem, Ph.D. 2016. “Social and spatio-temporal patterns of arsenic exposure and the impacts on respiratory health in rural Bangladesh ”

Adam McCurdy, M.A. 2016. “Simulated climate adaptation in stormwater conveyance structures. ”

Ian Rowen, Ph.D. 2016. “The Geopolitics of Tourism: mobilities, territory and protest in Taiwan and China. ”

Bunyamin Yilmaz, M.A. 2016. “Application of GIS-based fuzzy logic and analytical hierarchy process (AHP) to snow avalanche susceptibility mapping, North San Juan, Colorado. ”

Christopher Anderson-Tarver, Ph.D. 2015. “Crisis Mapping the 2010 Earthquake in OpenStreetMap Haiti ”

Robert Andrus, M.A. 2015. “Influences of an active spruce beetle outbreak on fire severity Thomas Veblen in spruce-fir forests in southern Colorado ”

Mason Auger, Ph.D. 2015. “Boundless, Wild and Free: An Exploration of human-wildlife ecologies in Greater Yellowstone. ”

Emily Baker, M.A. 2015. “Quantifying forest mortality with the remote sensing of snow ”

Max Counter, M.A. 2015. “La Doble Condicion: Physical Impairment and Internal Displacement in Colombia ”

Shae Frydenlund, M.A. 2015. “Labor stories from Solukhumbu: case studies of Khaling indigenous discourse and situational Sherpa identity ”

Meredith Gartner, Ph.D. 2015. “The occurrence, severity and interaction of mountain pine beetle and wildfire in the Colorado Front Range ”

Jamie Humphrey, Ph.D. 2015. “Neighborhood Effects on Behavioral and Educational Trajectories of U.S. Children and Adolescents ”

John Knowles, Ph.D. 2015. “Spacio-temporal patterns of soil respiration and the age of respired carbon from high-elevataion alpine tundra. ”

Galen Maclaurin, Ph.D. 2015. “Reverse engineering the National Land Cover Database: a machine learning algorithm for extending land cover data in the spatial and temporal domains. ”

Sitthisak Moukomla, Ph.D. 2015. “The estimation of the surface energy balance of the North American Laurentian Great Lakes using satellite remote sensing and Merra reanalysis ”

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Research News

Aaron Malone awarded Community Based Research Fellowship through CU Engage

August 29, 2016 - The Community Based Research fellowship through CU Engage supports a cohort of graduate students doing collaborative research with community partners...

Geography graduate students conduct water sampling and offer training in Cental Asia-Summer 2016

August 28, 2016 - CHARIS graduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder, Alice Hill and Alana Wilson, conducted physical hydrologic field methods training and...

Stefan Leyk Awarded NSF Grant

August 09, 2016 - Associate Professor Stefan Leyk has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his project entitled "III: Medium: Collaborative Research:...

Earlier snowmelt carries drastic consequences for forests

August 03, 2016 - Earlier snowmelt periods associated with a warming climate may hinder subalpine forest regulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), according to...

Galen Murton Photo Essay

April 21, 2016 - A Himalayan Border Trilogy: The Political Economies of Transport Infrastructure and Disaster Relief between China and Nepal: This photo essay...

Stefan Leyk Receives Award

April 07, 2016 - Stefan Leyk has received a new award from the Innovative Seed Program, “Earth Lab’s human dimension: Integrating fine-grained data on human...

Here are the 5 things you need to know about the deadly fighting in Nagorno Karabakh

April 06, 2016 - Between Armenia and Azerbaijan lies a contested territory controlled by an unrecognized state called the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). In the...

Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now

February 18, 2016 - Mark Serreze interviewed for article in [The Washington...

20 years after Dayton, here’s what Bosnians think about being divided by ethnicity

February 02, 2016 - Last November and December, a series of events and conferences marked the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords of 1995, the negotiated...

Alumnus Yönten Nyima and Professor Emily Yeh Cited in Articles on Tibetan Grasslands

January 26, 2016 - University of Colorado alumnus Yönten Nyima (PhD in Geography, 2012) and **Professor Emily Yeh** were cited in two recent articles in *Nature* and...

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