Geography Articles & Blogs

John Hite seated on bench on Geography Department room, with stained glass window in background
May 18, 2017
John Hite ’17 has used his double major in geography and Spanish at Clark University to work with communities in Mexico. From helping create more sustainable methods of raising chickens, to developing a policy brief to mitigate deforestation, he has lived up to Clark’s motto: “Challenge Convention, Change our World.” In...
Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
Karen Frey collecting samples of arctic ice
April 4, 2017
Karen E. Frey, associate professor in the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and research associate professor in the George Perkins Marsh Institute, has been appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Only two U.S....
Carolyn Finney photo with book jacket
March 28, 2017
Distinguished writer, performer and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney didn’t hide her surprise and delight upon seeing her former Clark University professors among the small crowd gathered for Part II of the Graduate School of Geography Spring 2017 Colloquium series, on March 23.
Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen stands in front of the Goddard Library at Clark University.
March 7, 2017
Living in Morocco for five years, Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen witnessed the plight of migrants flowing through the country en route to Europe — as they were subjected to horrific violence at the hands of smugglers and endured life-threatening travel conditions. Their experiences made her want to take action. The second-year...
Melishia Santiago records data in a lab at Clark University.
March 2, 2017
Clark University doctoral candidate Melishia Santiago grew up with palm trees and warm weather near sunny Atlantic beaches in Florida and Puerto Rico before coming north to Massachusetts for college. Now, she spends her time thinking about ice, specifically how climate change impacts sea-ice extent in the western Arctic...
The EcoTarium's newest permanent exhibit, City Science
February 10, 2017
It took a village comprising EcoTarium exhibit staff, more than 50 organizations and 200 individuals, including Clark University professors and students, to create the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, “City Science: The Science You Live.” Inspired by the City of Worcester, the exhibit took seven years to develop and...
Aoyama Yuko - Clark University Faculty
February 3, 2017
Clark University Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama’s new book, “The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation,” explores a new model of social innovation through which corporations, states, and civil society organizations develop common social agendas despite differences in their primary...
Krissy Truesdale, founder of Solar For Our Superheroes stands outside at Clark University in Worcester
January 31, 2017
Clark University sophomore Krissy Truesdale lives each day to make the world a cleaner, greener and friendlier place. Solar for Our Superheroes (S4OS), the nonprofit she formed as a 16-year-old, is how she hopes to accomplish that. Truesdale, a Traina Scholar who’s planning to major in global environmental studies,...
Wallace Mcintyre Graduate School of Geography - Clark University
December 6, 2016
After decades spent in hibernation, The Monadnock was revived in 2014 at the request and with the support of several longtime alumni. The newsletter, published by the Clark University Geographical Society, was launched in 1927, and was resurrected to link the storied past of the Graduate School of Geography with its robust...
Landscape of trees in Australia
November 8, 2016
The rate at which carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere has plateaued in recent years because terrestrial ecosystems are grabbing more carbon from the air than in previous decades, according to a new multi-institutional study published online in the journal Nature Communications. Christopher A. Williams,...
Gurinder Chadha speaks at a Clark University forum
November 2, 2016
Internationally acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha talked about the need to make films that are historically relevant and fiercely personal during an Oct. 24 “public conversation” with sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu. The event, “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” was hosted by the...
Landscape of dead trees next to water, with mountains in background
November 1, 2016
For the first time, new research has compared the impact of bark beetle outbreaks versus climate on the occurrence of large wildfires across the entire western United States. The Clark University study points to climate, not beetles, as the main culprit, suggesting new approaches to managing forests and preventing...
Jacob Reiner '17
November 1, 2016
As a goalie for Clark University’s men’s lacrosse team, Jacob Reiner ’17 is no stranger to fast-paced, high-pressure, adrenaline-pumping situations. His drive to compete is why he’s traveled 5,600 miles to Jerusalem for the past two summers to intern at OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding venture capital company, and play in...
A scene from the movie "Bend it like Beckham"
October 21, 2016
Clark University will host “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” a conversation with internationally acclaimed film director Gurinder Chadha and Clark Sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu, on Monday, October 24, at 6 p.m. in Dana Commons, 950 Main St. The event is free and open to the public...
Thomas Kühne,David Pijawka, Judy Dworkin and Jody Emel, seated in chairs, talk about issues in "Indian country."
October 19, 2016
Alumni Judy Dworkin, PhD ’78, and David Pijawka, PhD ’83, recently returned to Clark University to talk about their experiences in Arizona working with American Indians. Their talk, titled “The Challenges in Indian Country in the 21st Century: Planning, Law and Community,” was sponsored by the Graduate School of Geography...
Lack of rain - Barren land
September 6, 2016
Dry air stresses plants just as much as dry soils, and this source of plant stress is becoming increasingly severe as the planet warms, according to a study published Sept. 5 in the journal Nature Climate Change. Christopher A. Williams 
Isabel Miranda '17 - Hawaii
August 26, 2016
Isabel Miranda '17 (foreground) during her NOAA fellowship. Not every college student gets to enjoy a summer in Hawaii, but that's where Isabel Miranda '17 was over the past few months — although she didn't spend her days relaxing on the beach or riding the waves.
HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) Fellows
July 18, 2016
Five Clark University undergraduate students on yearlong HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) fellowships presented their research last week on how trees in the Worcester area are faring several years after the invasion of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). The research opportunity epitomizes Clark’s LEEP (Liberal...
Bernadette Arakwiye, Clark University, doing field work in Rwanda
June 28, 2016
Thanks to high-resolution satellite imagery provided by the DigitalGlobe Foundation, Clark doctoral student Bernadette Arakwiye can now see the forest AND the individual trees (plus trails and village buildings) in her approximately 860-square-mile study area in the Gishwati and Mukura forests of western Rwanda. The...
Tree in Australia damaged by drought
June 8, 2016
  Scientists predict that 2016 is on track to become the hottest year on record. They estimate that record-breaking temperatures will stem in part from the current El Niño event, which affects weather worldwide. But they say climate change is also playing a role this year, just as it has for “the previous 17 record-...
HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) Fellows for 2016 at Clark University
June 3, 2016
The Asian longhorned beetle Five Clark University undergraduates recently joined a fight against a common enemy of tree lovers in Worcester and beyond: the Asian longhorned beetle. Imported to the United States via infested wood pallets from China and Korea in the 1980s, the invasive pest was discovered to have killed...
Clark University Antarctic Researcher Luke Trusel
June 1, 2016
Though nearly 10,000 miles from Worcester, Massachusetts, Antarctica holds a significant place in the history and lore of Clark University. Today, ongoing scientific research by Clark-affiliated researchers is again focused on Antarctica. They want to more clearly define the true threat of global warming – and how quickly...
Clownfish in coral reef
May 13, 2016
Faye Harwell ’15, MS’16, has some words of advice for Clark University’s three Marsh-Mosakowski National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows this summer: You never know how you’ll end up using the invaluable experience gained through a research project for NOAA. Take larval samples. Harwell encountered...
GIS image of gypsy moth movement mapped across United States
April 20, 2016
J. Ronald Eastman remembers arriving at Clark University in 1981 as a visiting professor. The chair of the Geography Department handed him a computer – the first one in the department – to use in cartography classes. “It looked like a glorified Etch-a-Sketch screen,” recalled Eastman (pictured). “Nobody knew what to do...

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