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Archive of COGA's "This is What Geographers Do" feature:

What Geographer's Do Archive

Landscape Cake Angela Cunningham and Melissa Harkavy with Their "Landscake", an Edible Landscape Cake Once a month at CU Boulder, the campus hosts a "creative evening", open to the whole camps,  so students can get together, mingle, and share ideas. This month, the event consisted of a cake decorating class, with the theme "What Does Life at CU Mean to You?" These two students, Angela and Melissa, show off their Colorado cake, featuring delicious topography and a mouthwatering river. Now, this is what geographers do!

 What Geographer DoJohn O'Loughlin, Professor of Geography at CU Boulder

 John is a Professor and studies climate/environmental change and conflict, as well as political geography. Recent research projects include studies on public opinion in contested areas of the former Soviet Union. Current events in Ukraine are changing the political map of Europe, and challenging the geopolitical settlement agreed to after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The goal of this research, which began on May 15, 2014, is to record and analyze the attitudes of residents in the de facto regions and in the pro-Russian regions. O'Loughlin received a NSF grant for the project "Attitudes and beliefs in Russian-supported 'de facto' states and Eastern Ukraine in the wake of the Crimean annexation"
View John's website for more info!


David HavlickUCCS's David Havlick Bikes the Iron Curtain

This is What Geographers Do David Havlick UCCS Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, David Havlick, describes his time bicycling along the Iron Curtain. "During part of my fall 2013 research sabbatical, I bicycled for 1200 km along the former borderlands of central Europe, from Bratislava, Slovakia to Rasdorf, Germany. The former death strip of the Iron Curtain dividing Europe has been replaced by 'the Green Belt of Europe', as national parks and biosphere reserves now line the area once fortified with control roads, high voltage fencing, and guard towers. In 2005, the European Union formally recognized an Iron Curtain bicycle route that runs 6800 km from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. As part of my ongoing research into how militarized landscapes transition into new geographies of conservation, I was impressed by the creative use of art to commemorate the violence and dislocation of the Iron Curtain, while also opening these lands to new meanings and interpretations."

Melinda Laituri

CSU's Melinda Laituri featured in the Coloradoan

Ph.D. Melinda Laituri gives an insightful interview to Madeline Novey of the Coloradoan on her life as a geographer.  You can also find information on Melinda's talk at our own Night With a Geographer, here on the COGA website.  Spring, 2014


Stereoscopic image

3-D for Teaching: Stereoscopic Visualization in Geography Classrooms, Dr. Peter Anthamatten, Sept-Oct 2013



Dr. Joseph KerskiGIS Education Community, Dr. Joseph Kerski, Summer 2013



Mapping the Nation Mapping the Nation by Susan Schultan, Spring 2013




Wildland-Urban InterfaceThe Wildland-Urban Interface (Rutherford Platt), Winter 2013



Colorado Springs ParksSometimes geographers are also historians.  (Judith Rice-Jones), Fall 2013






PancakeDid you know that Kansas is flatter than a pancake?




TreesHow did all of the trees get here?




ChinaCultural strategies of development: implications for village governance in China




ChiliHow Pueblo, Colorado has incorporated the chile pepper as its official symbol in an attempt to recreate its identity




accurateIt is a cartographer's duty to be accurate




KarenKaren Barton: Nature-society interactions and resource conflicts in wetlands and fisheries of South America and the US Pacific Northwest




JanCU-Boulder Assistant Professor Najeeb Jan was featured in the Spring 2010 Coloradan discussing politics and identity as related to PakistanPueblo County GIS Manager Chris Markuson ensures residents understand how important it is to have an up-to-date and reliable geospatial technology system. Check his explanation on the Pueblo County website.




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