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  • Abigail (Abby) Neely is a new assistant professor in the Department of Geography.  

    At the center of her work is the question of health: what it is, who it's for, and who decides.  Working in a rural, Zulu-speaking area of South Africa, Abby understands health as always simultaneously material and symbolic; that is, she sees health as the interplay between physiological processes (bacteria interacting with cells), cultural contexts (the views and values of the community in which a...

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  • Geography's student spotlight is Gianna Guarino '15. Gianna became interested in geography her sophomore year when she took Professor Fox's geography 13 class. She doesn't recall much about the class, or even what it was called for that matter, but what she remembered thinking it was really cool. So she started taking more geography classes and each one got her more excited about geography at Dartmouth. Each class allowed her to meet a new professor with a unique vantage point into geography...

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  • Wetlands giveth and wetlands taketh away. On one hand, wetlands are a sink, locking up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. On the other, wetlands release methane, another greenhouse gas. Jaclyn Hatala Matthes studies this duality, its causes, effects, and potential solutions.

    “We are trying to measure the tradeoffs between CO2 (carbon dioxide) uptake and methane release when you are restoring wetlands,” says Matthes, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the...

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  • Yaritza A. González participated in the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of California, Berkeley. Interested in the racialized construction of Proposition 227, Yaritza conducted a project, "Raising Third Space Consciousness in our Barrios: A Case Study on the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation," that discusses how Spanish speaking immigrants in East Oakland have been discriminated based on language. Yaritza hopes to continue her research in the Geography...

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  • Coleen Fox (along with Professors Nick Reo and Dale Turner) participated in a research project called 'Indigenous Confluence: The Role of Indigenous Peoples inRiver Stewardship & Sustainable Futures'. The research project brings together representatives from Walpole Island First Nation, Waikato-Tanui (a Maori tribe from New Zealand), and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to investigate the role of traditional ecological knowledge in river restoration.  The projects...

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  • Richard Wright has a new paper in the journal Political Geography.  Working with Mark Ellis, Matt Townley and Kristi Copeland (U Washington), he is interested in the effects of state level legislation on internal migration in the US.  The effects of Jim Crow laws on the exodus of blacks form the US South are well known and well documented.  Wright and colleagues ask: are the immigrant hostile environments in...

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  • Jaclyn Hatala Matthes is a new assistant professor in the Department of Geography and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biology.

    Professor Matthes works at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and atmospheric science to investigate physical and biological feedbacks between global climate change, land-use change, and ecosystem processes. She is particularly interested in understanding how ecosystems control greenhouse gas fluxes between the biosphere and atmosphere,...

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  • The Journal of Science as Culture has published Susanne Freidberg's article, "It's complicated: Corporate sustainability and the uneasiness of life cycle assessment."

  • Footprint technopolitics, a new article by Susanne Freidberg, appears in the August 2014 issue of Geoforum.  The journal Historical Research has also published Freidberg's Moral economies and the cold chain, an article based on a plenary lecture delivered last year in London at the 82nd Anglo-American Conference of Historians on the theme of "Food in history."

  • Jaclyn Hatala Matthes published a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. This research, conducted in collaboration with the Biometeorology Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, investigated the spatial drivers of methane emissions from a restored wetland in California. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that is emitted from flooded soils, and this research helped to better...

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