Water in a Changing World

October 22, 2014

word NESTVAL against map backdrop

The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Geography will host the annual New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL) conference on the Durham campus on October 24 and 25, 2014. The 2014 conference, “Water in a Changing World,” will focus on the importance of coastal and inland water resources on the region’s settlement, development, and future.

The two-day event features a keynote address by UNH Professor of History Jeffrey Bolster who will speak on the human impacts on the Piscataqua Estuary and Gulf of Maine. Students from regional universities, including UNH geography students, will participate in a competitive Geography Bowl. Faculty from UNH and other institutions across New England will present papers on their research.

Registration is required. Please see the event webpage for more information.

The New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society is a regional division of the Association of American Geographers. The Society contributes to the advancement of geography by holding a fall annual conference, publishing a peer-review professional journal, The Northeastern Geographer, and recognizing and supporting geography professionals and students through awards and annual activities.


New Associate Dean Named

August 13, 2013

Alasdair Drysdale

Dean Kenneth Fuld of the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce that Alasdair Drysdale, Professor of Geography and Senior Faculty Fellow in the College, has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean, effective August 26, 2013. Professor Drysdale’s responsibilities will include some of those he previously held as Senior Faculty Fellow as well as some new areas: the promotion and tenure process, computing, professional development funds, annual faculty and departmental reports, physical plant and repair and renovation, and sponsored research. Professor Drysdale brings many years of service to UNH, including 11 years as Chair of Geography.


Shout-out from Afghanistan

January 23, 2013

Ryan Grochmal in Afghanistan

Ryan Grochmal ’11 (geography) is currently serving as a U.S. Army Platoon Leader in Afghanistan. He sends this photo as a shout-out to UNH and the geography department. “Can’t wait to make it back to Durham,” writes Grochmal. We can’t wait to see him here!


New grant awards assist women in leadership roles and in interdisciplinary collaborations

July 30, 2012
Alynna Lyon and Mary Stampone

Alynna Lyon (left) and Mary Stampone (right)

Excerpted from a story by Beth Potier in the Campus Journal.

New grants will help female faculty members maintain critical research while assuming leadership roles within the university. Three Karen Von Damm Leadership Development Grants from the UNH ADVANCE program were awarded this year, one of which went to Alynna Lyon, associate professor of political science.

The grants, funded with support from the National Science Foundation, are part of an ongoing effort to support the advancement and leadership of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at UNH.

Lyon, a political scientist whose research strives to make bridges between hard science and social sciences, recently assumed a leadership role as graduate director for the Master of Arts and Master of Public Administration programs in the political science department. The grant will provide support for her teaching while she fulfills this role and completes a book examining “United States Relations with the United Nations in an Era of Globalization.”

In addition, the UNH ADVANCE program awarded four Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Awards designed to enhance collaboration between research and tenure-track faculty in the STEM disciplines. One award was given to Mary Stampone, assistant professor of geography, and Cameron Wake, research associate professor of Earth sciences and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS), to enhance scholarly collaboration on New England climate change. They will establish a research, teaching, and engagement program on New England climate change.

Read full story in the Campus Journal.


Travel Grant Helps Professor Travel to Uganda

December 1, 2011

Joel Hartter working on laptop in Kibale National Park in Uganda
Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography, traveled to western Uganda in summer 2011 to visit the communities outside Kibale National Park. He recently reported on his trip:

“Kibale is not the typical national park when you think of Africa. Most people I know think of the vast savannah landscapes, such as the Serengeti – big open grassland expanses with few trees teaming with wildlife. They think of hot, dry days, with the lions and antelope seeking refuge in what little shade they can find, while elephants and hippos try to keep themselves cool near the water.  Kibale is very different from that picture.”

Find out why in the full article: Campus Journal: CIE Travel Grant Helps Professor Travel to Uganda


Three geography students win research awards

November 22, 2011
Kibale National Park in Uganda

Entry gate at Kibale National Park in Uganda. Two students will conduct research in Uganda, one at Kibale and the other in northern Uganda.

The Department of Geography announced today that three of their students won UNH undergraduate research awards to support their research.

Nick Dowhaniuk, a senior geography major, has been awarded a grant by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to study the relationships between population growth and forest loss around Kibale National Park in Uganda. Geography Professor Joel Hartter will be advising Nick on this project and will incorporate the results into his own research in the region. Nick will also be working closely with researchers at McGill University. He will work with Michael Routhier from the GIS laboratory at UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space to produce an interactive map depicting land use, population density, and land cover change around Kibale that will be accessible via the world wide web to researchers, park wardens, and government officials working in the area.

Irene Feretti, a dual major in geography and biology, has been awarded a grant by the International Research Opportunities Program to fund her research investigating the effectiveness of malaria prevention programs among young girls in northern Uganda who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma as a result of armed conflict in the region. Professor Joel Hartter is advising her on this project. Irene will spend nine weeks in Uganda next summer conducting research and interviewing girls in the region. She will work closely with Child Voice International, health professionals, and local women.

Eric Pugliano, a dual major in geography and history, has won an Undergraduate Research Award to support his work to create a series of maps depicting the journeys of people who were forcibly relocated by the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s. He is working with Cathy Frierson, professor of history, on that project and with Geography Professor Blake Gumprecht, who has advised Eric on map making. The maps will be published in a book entitled I Survived, I Speak: Children of the Gulag Tell Their Stories, which will be published by Yale University Press.

Congratulations to Nick, Irene, and Eric!


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