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 p.m. and in 2119 Wood Hall (unless stated otherwise).
Multi-Disciplinary Geographic Research: Integrating Earth Science and Geospatial Technologies, Distinguished Alumni, BS 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.
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.
Close-range remote sensing in rivers: Fluvial dynamic insights provided by high resolution datasets, presented by Dr. Kory Konsoer, assistant professor of geography & anthropology at Louisiana State University, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.
Privilege, poverty, and place: competing geographies of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve, South Africa, presented by Dr. Robert Fincham, professor emeritus at University of KwaZulu-Natal and Nelson Mandela University, supported by the Lucia Harrison Endowment Fund, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m.
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.
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.
History Lecture–"Labor, Leisure, and Smoking: Tobacco Pipes and French Canadian Voyageurs During the Fur Trade Era in North America," presented by Dr. Rob Mann, professor of anthropology at St. Cloud State University, co-sponsored with the Departments of Anthropology and Geography and WMU's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, 1710 Sangren Hall, 7 to 8:30 p.m.