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Seminar Series 2021

Amidst the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, the Marsh Institute will not be hosting stand-alone seminars. Although the Institute will continue to co-sponsor the following lecture with the Graduate School of Geography Colloquium.

Meha Jain

Meha Jain

Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

“Adapting to Global Environmental Change: How Can We Ensure Food Security in a Time of Uncertainty?”

March 18, 2021: 12 noon – 1:00 pm via Zoom

Assistant Professor Jain’s research examines the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production, and strategies that farmers may adopt to reduce negative impacts. She does this by combining remote sensing and geospatial analyses with household-level and census datasets to examine farmer decision-making and behavior across large spatial and temporal scales. To date her work has focused on the impacts of weather variability and groundwater depletion on agricultural production in India, and whether farmers are able to adapt their cropping practices to mitigate these impacts.


Seminar Series 2019-20 Academic Year

Cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns

Martín Abregú, Vice President for International Programs, Ford Foundation
“Natural Resource Extraction as a Problem of Social Justice: What Role for Civil Society?”

artín Abregú,University Center, Tilton Hall
Thursday, April 2, 2020
4:30 – 6:00 PM


Theo EisenmanCancelled due to Covid-19 concerns

Theo Eisenman, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst
“Architecture and Regional Planning – Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Greening Theory and Practice”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, March 26, 2020


Cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns

Sara Fletcher

Sara Fletcher, Postdoctoral Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
“Addressing Water and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa Using Uncertainty Quantification and Systems Models”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
12:15 – 1:15 PM


Robert JohnstonRobert J. Johnston, Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute & Professor, Department of Economics
“Secrets of Research Proposal Success: What Top Grant-Writers Know”

ASEC Building, Room 202
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Noon – 1:00 PM


Chi Ho ShamChi Ho Sham, VP & Chief Scientist, Eastern Research Group, Inc.
“Protection of Drinking Water Supply Sources: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, January 30, 2020


Jenn BakaJenn Baka, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Penn State
Co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Geography
“Cracking Appalachia: A Political-Industrial Ecology Perspective”

University Center, Grace Conference Room
Thursday, November 21, 2019


Adrian TrevesAdrian Treves, Professor, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture
“Scientific Integrity in the Just Preservation of Nature”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, November 14, 2019


Michael MannMichael Mann, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, George Washington University
Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture
“Predicting High-Magnitude, Low-Frequency Crop Losses Using Machine Learning: An Application to Cereal Crops in Ethiopia”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, October 3, 2019


Youjin ChungYoujin Chung, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University
Co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Geography
“Feminist Political Ecology of Land-Water Enclosures in Coastal Tanzania”

University Center, Lurie Conference Room
Thursday, September 12, 2019

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