Colloquia and Seminars

The Department of Geography at Western Michigan University regularly hosts scholars from around the world to exhibit their most recent research and findings. These events are open to the general public and all students are encouraged to attend these unique seminars to gain invaluable information regarding the cutting edge studies ongoing in the field of geography and related disciplines. All events are held at 2 pm in 2119 Wood Hall (unless stated otherwise).

Upcoming Events

The Geography Colloquium Series will continue in Fall 2020. The schedule will be posted in August/September.

Past Events

March 20

Privilege, poverty, and place: competing geographies of the Garden Route Reserve, South Africa, presented by Dr. Robert Fincham, Discipline of Geography at University of KwaZulu-Natal and Sustainability Research Unit of Nelson Mandela University, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m. CANCELED

March 13

Guyanese perceptions of wild cats and implications for conflict, presented by Dr. Anthony R. Cummings, assistant professor of Geospatial Information Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m. CANCELED

February 21

The silent sounds of tornadoes, presented by Dr. Brian R. Elbing, associate professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.

January 24

Remote sensing approach to estimate crop water use and stress across agricultural lands in India, presented by Dr. Nishan Bhattarai, research assistant in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.

November 15

Close-range remote sensing in rivers: Fluvial dynamic insights provided by high resolution datasets, presented by Dr. Kory Konsoer, assistant professor of geography and anthropology at Louisiana State University, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.

October 25

USGS Small UAS for Scientific Research and Operational Applications, presented by Jeff Sloan, National UAS Project Office, United States Geological Society (USGS), supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.

October 10

Multi-Disciplinary Geographic Research: Integrating Earth Science and Geospatial Technologies, Distinguished Alumni, B.S. Geography, 1982, presented by Dr. Michael Bishop, professor and Haynes Chair in Geosciences at Texas A&M University, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund and the College of Arts and Sciences, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.

September 20

Vegetation Mapping with Hyper Resolution Data: What About the Human?, presented by Dr. Raechel A. Portelli, assistant professor of geography, environment and spatial science at Michigan State University, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.

September 13

The Power of People in Science: Exploring Community-Based Uses of Maps, Apps, and Drones, presented by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne, associate professor of sociology at the University of Central Florida, sponsored by the American Association of Geographers, the Harrison Endowment Fund and Gamma Theta Upsilon, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.