Geography Articles & Blogs

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...
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...
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.
Undergraduate students at Clark University involved in the HERO program outside at a work site
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. This story is part of our 7 Continents, 1 Summer series, which highlights the interesting work that Clark students, faculty, alumni and staff are doing all over the world. Have a...
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...
Ramallah, city in Palestine
April 14, 2016
If you’re wondering how research skills learned at Clark University can be put to good use in solving a problem halfway across the world, then look no further than Safaa Karaki Aldwaik M.A. '07, M.A. '10, Ph.D. '12.
March 30, 2016
Session One of Clark's Climate Change Teach-in 2016 on March 23 entailed several "new Earth conversations" framed by the question "What is changing, and why?" Faculty from many disciplines offered insights and perspectives on a variety of climate-change topics. Among the teach-in faculty was Karen Frey, associate professor...
Image of data mapping seasonal trends in vegetation in United States
March 29, 2016
An ongoing debate in the scientific community — one that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz and others have used to reject human-induced climate change — involves an apparent decade-long "hiatus" in global warming.
October 12, 2015
Luke Trusel, postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, stands near sea ice covered in melt ponds at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, in 2010. Trusel received a Ph.D. in geography at Clark University in 2014.
October 20, 2014
Deborah Martin, associate professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, Joseph Pierce (Florida State University) and James DeFilippis (Rutgers University), were recently awarded $175,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their four-year project titled "The scale of governance in the...
June 19, 2013
A view of the Kolyma River watershed in the Siberian Arctic. (Photo: Karen Frey) While basting on a crowded beach or waiting for the AC to cool your sweltering car interior, imagine yourself cutting through Arctic seas aboard an icebreaker or exploring the wilderness from your base aboard a river barge in Siberia. That's...
May 23, 2013
Clark undergraduates Michelle Andrews '14 and Christina Geller '13 and a group of graduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Conservation GIS Research Seminar taught by Associate Professor of Geography John Rogan and Research Assistant Professor Florencia Sangermano, recently traveled to the Bronx Zoo, the headquarters of...
Fire and Ice - Clark University
May 5, 2013
For centuries, human beings — from poets to religious leaders to scientists — have speculated about the end of the world. Will it conclude with a whimper or a bang? Will we be consumed by fire or slowly freeze to death? These fatal visions reflect our instinctive fear of a climate that's either "too hot" or "too cold" for...

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