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What's New Among Faculty

2017

Associate Professor Karen Frey was featured in a GoLocalWorcester article highlighting her recent appointment to the Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee.

Associate Professor Karen Frey 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. scientists were appointed to this prestigious group; Frey will serve at least one four-year term. Click here for more information.

Professor Yuko Aoyama’s latest book, The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation, was featured in a ClarkNow article.

We are proud to announce that Professor Yuko Aoyama's new book, co-written with Balaji Parthasarathy, was recently published! The book is entitled, The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation.

2016

Owned and managed by Clark University since 1925, Economic Geography plays a central role in supporting and advancing the field of economic geography worldwide. Editor-in-Chief and Associate Professor Jim Murphy provides of overview of the journal’s aims and objectives in this video.

Professor Gil Pontius was recently quoted in the Telegram & Gazette article, “Worcester school officials weigh risks of Wi-Fi signals.

Clark University recently covered the findings of the study co-authored by Professor Dominik Kulakowski and PhD student, Nathan Mietkiewicz that climate is the culprit for increased wildfire risk in the western US, not bark beetle damage. “Study: Climate, not bark beetle damage, to blame for increased wildfire risk”

The Official Nashua River Watershed Association 2016 Annual Meeting is next Thursday evening, and Associate Professor Chris Williams is delivering the keynote address entitled "Forests and Climate Change: Vulnerable Protectors of the Planetary Life Support Systems."

Associate Professor John Rogan was mentioned in the Worcester Magazine article, “The ‘frightening, real’ threat of gas leaks”

The U.S. Forest Service interviewed Professor Deb Martin and Associate Professor John Rogan earlier this afternoon about urban forestry.

Associate Professor Dominik Kulakowski’s research was recently quoted in the article, “The surprising science of wildfires and tree-killing beetles.”

Associate Professor Chris Williams co-wrote an article in the Nature, Climate Change journal entitled, "The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes."

Associate Professor Dominik Kulakowski was quoted in the article, “California plans to log its drought killed trees.”

Associate Professor Chris Williams was featured in a Clark University article discussing his research while on sabbatical in Australia entitled, “Clark geographer in Australia to study climate change, drought and the death of trees.”

Associate Professor Jim Murphy recently published the book, Africa’s Information Revolution, co-written by Pádraig Carmody (Trinity College).

Professor Ron Eastman and his art exhibit was featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette article "ArtsWatch: 'geoEnvisioning' at Clark: Beautiful visions, complex predictions."

Professor Deborah Martin was interviewed for the New York Times article, “What Happened to Worcester?”

Associate Professor Karen Frey was featured in the cover photo of NASA Earth's Facebook page.

Associate Professor Dominik Kulakowski was quoted in the article from The Durango Herald entitled, "Beetle-kill zones surprisingly rich in biodiversity.”

Professor Deb Martin was recently quoted in the WalletHub article, "2016's Best & Worst State Capitals."

Research Professor and Distinguished Scientist, Roger Kasperson, was recently quoted in the Knowledge@Wharton article, "How Risk Management Can Adapt to an Era of ‘Truly Remarkable’ Change."

Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, was mentioned in the Economist article, “From conflict to co-operation.”

Professor James McCarthy was recently quoted in both The New York Times and Vox regarding the situation in Oregon Standoff.

Professor James McCarthy was recently quoted in The Hill article, "GOP candidates condemn Bundy takeover."

Acting Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Jody Emel, recently wrote an article for the Worcester Telegram entitled, "As I See It: Meat is murder - on many levels."

2015

Professor James McCarthy has been selected as the next Nature and Society editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. His four-year term will begin on January 1, 2016.

Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, was recently quoted in the blog, Creating sustainable livelihoods for the eradication of poverty.

Professor James McCarthy was recently presented as a featured expert in the article, 2015’s Greenest Cities in America.

Professor and Associate Director Gil Pontius
has been reported as having the most cited paper in the International Journal of Remote Sensing during the last five years. This paper was co-published with GSG alumn Marco Milliones, PhD '11, and is titled: "Death to Kappa: birth of quantity disagreement and allocation disagreement for accuracy assessment."

Associate Professor Chris Williams recently authored the article, "Heat and drought extremes likely to stress ecosystem productivity equally or more in a warmer, CO2 rich future."

Associate Professor John Rogan was recently mentioned in the Telegram & Gazette article, "Real-world research."

Associate Professor Jim Murphy co-wrote an article for Geographical Magazine entitled, "Africa's information revolution: rhetoric and reality."

Professor James McCarthy was recently quoted in the article, "Ted Cruz aims to win the West."

Associate Professor Chris Williams was recently quoted in the Telegram & Gazette article, "Climate change teachers at Clark: Gird for the long haul."

Associate Professor Chris Williams tells The Christian Science Monitor that California needs to seriously consider quick action to impose mandatory water-use restrictions across all sectors to ration remaining water resources as well as to closely monitor and regulate groundwater withdrawals. The need is critical, he says: "There is no relief in sight."

Assistant Professor Mark Davidson
was recently quoted and featured in the WPRI news story, "Boston Olympics would benefit RI; Newport venues not likely."

Susan Hanson, Distinguished University Professor Emerita and former Director of the GSG, has been elected to serve on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The governing body of the NAS, the Council is made up of the Academy’s officers and 12 elected members, two from each of the NAS’s six Classes, or broad, related areas of science. Council members from each Class are elected by the NAS membership at large.
Hanson is the first geographer to be elected from Applied Biological, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Class to which almost all geographers belong within the Academy; this Class was created when the NAS reorganized membership structures some 15 years ago.
The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 at the behest of President Abraham Lincoln to provide independent advice to government. Now, much of that advice comes from studies conducted by the National Research Council (NRC), the research arm of the NAS, which was established in 1916. Geographers have long been involved in the work of the NRC and are frequently called upon to serve on NRC committees on a wide range of topics.

Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, was awarded the 2015 AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors for his "exceptional record of scholarly achievement and policy relevance in the fields of development studies, natural resource management, and sustainable livelihoods."

Associate Professor Karen Frey, was awarded NASA grant to study the impacts of sea-ice thinning and retreat in the Pacific Arctic.

Dr. Susan Hanson, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, former Director of the GSG, and member of the National Academy of Sciences has been awarded the Association of American Geographers 2015 AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography for her intellectual breakthroughs in geography.

2014

A study that Professor Ron Eastman has co-authored was mentioned in the article, "Ten Ways Remote Sensing Can Contribute to Conservation."

Associate Professor Chris Williams was awarded NASA grants to study carbon release and uptake in U.S. forests.

Associate Professor Deborah Martin and colleagues, Joseph Pierce and James DeFilippis, were awarded an NSF grant to study governance in community land trusts.

Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, as well as Marco Millones, Clark PhD '11, Director of the Center for Geospatial Analysis at William and Mary, were invited to Peru at the invitation of the Peruvian government to present the results of their research funded by Oxfam.

Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Yuko Aoyama has been awarded an Academic Writing Residency at Bellagio Center, Rockefeller Foundation.

Assistant Professor Mark Davidson has been awarded 18,600CHF from the International Olympic Committee for his research on Governing to maintain legacies: Urban governance, policies and the long-term impacts of the Olympics. Read more

Associate Professor Chris Williams was recently awarded funds from NASA's Carbon Cycle Science competition to study the carbon balance of southeastern US forests. The project, being led by Professor Ken Davis of Penn State University, will use advanced, inverse modeling techniques to infer sinks and sources of carbon dioxide from measured concentrations in the atmosphere combined with measurements and modeling of forest carbon on the ground. Forests of the southeastern US are important for the North American carbon balance because the region is highly productive, is vigorously managed with intensive timber harvest, is sensitive to climate change, and is periodically inundated by severe storms that kill trees.

Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society, has received a prestigious 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work: Natural resource extraction in Latin America: transforming the human-environment, challenging social science.

Assistant Professor Christopher Williams recently conducted a study which was released in Global Change Biology. This study is the first detailed account of how carbon, water, and energy balances shift in the three years following the clearcut of a deciduous forest. Please see the Clark News Hub or the Harvard Forest website for more on this story.

Assistant Professor Christopher Williams
was recently quoted in an article titled "California drought: Scientists puzzled by persistence of blocking 'ridge'" in the Christian Science Monitor, which addressed the persistent drought conditions in California due to a high pressure ridge parked offshore that is blocking winter storms.

Associate Professor Jim Murphy was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy; a research-driven, fully refereed international journal which seeks to advance scholarly debates on a wide range of contemporary policy issues which sit at the interface between the economy, society, and the environment.