At the occasion of the end of the research program Reppaval (lien vers présentation), an international workshop was organized at the University of Poitiers (4-5 December 2015) in order to discuss social, cultural and political issues of dam and weir removal operations in Europe (Spain, Sweden, France) and North America (Canada, USA). Dam (and weir) removal projects, which are the most widespread river restoration operation in north-western France, are in fact also the most conflicting due to the fact ecological continuity reestablishment often involves landscape changes and activity transformations … The aim of this international workshop is to compare and share experiences of ecological continuity restoration in different cultural, institutional and political contexts. For more information:

Sneddon Meridian Book Award

Christopher Sneedon book, Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and US Bureau of Reclamation, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Meridian Book Award. This annual award recognizes a book that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography. In this stellar history, geographer Christopher Sneddon traces the twentieth-century boom that saw 50,000 big dams built worldwide. The US Bureau of Reclamation presided, from the Great Depression megaproject Hoover Dam to the cold-war export of bureau engineers to more than 100 countries. Yet by 1969, assistant commissioner Gilbert Stamm saw that doing “marvellous things with materials” does not necessarily meet human needs. Societies and rivers, Sneddon shows, make for a complex confluence.

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Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Champlain Basin

This summer Jonathan Winter received additional funding to support his research assessing the impacts of climate change on the Lake Champlain Basin.  This work is part of a broader NSF project led by the University of Vermont to create policy-relevant information on land use and management strategies to reduce algal blooms in Lake Champlain, which are caused by nutrient pollution and are toxic to humans, now and in the future.  

Leandra Pilar Barrett ’15 Studies Immigration Issues

After Leandra Pilar Barrett ’15 finished high school in Alice, Texas, she came to Dartmouth unsure of her long-term goals but knowing the College had many strong academic programs and focused on undergraduates.

Her major—Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies—is interdisciplinary, but Barrett is most interested in border studies, race, ethnicity, and the prison system

Adam N. Brown Prize '97 Winner Carly Schnitzler '16

The Adam N. Brown '97 Memorial Fund is an endowment established at Dartmouth College by the family and friends of Adam Brown, Class of 1997, to celebrate his life and perpetuate his energy, innovation, and enthusiasm.  Adam was a prospective major in Geography when he died of cancer in 1994.  The award is presented to recognize the best written work in Geography in an academic year.  In accordance with the wishes of the family and the faculty, the student need not be a major in Geography.  The names of the successive recipients of the award will be engraved on a plaque displayed in the Geography Department.

Student Spotlight Tianyang Wang '15

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Tianyang "Tracy" Wang came into Dartmouth knowing that she wanted to be a Geography major because of her passion for urban planning and traveling. She's fascinated by the inter-disciplinary nature of geography, especially urban geography, GIS, qualitative methods, and visual representations. She's currently working on her senior honors thesis, which explores the notions of home for international students at Dartmouth College. In this project, she adopts mainly qualitative and visual methods to examine how international students' notions of home have changed being away from home. Tracy holds this project dear to her heart, and hopes to give back to the international student community at Dartmouth through this thesis. After graduation, she hopes to stay connected to geography and urban planning and attend graduate school after trekking in the corporate life in Los Angeles for a couple of years.

Student Spotlight Lily Michelson '15

Lily Michelson ’15 spent her junior summer and senior fall traveling to the rural corners of Northern France and New England, interviewing dairy farmers and dairy industry representatives alike on their views of sustainability. This exciting global adventure, which spanned from standing atop a methane digester in Normandy, France to visiting the first organic dairy farm in the United States, is part of Lily’s senior honors thesis research, which examines understandings of sustainability along the supply chain of dairy and challenges how certain ideas of sustainability are either privileged or rejected along the supply chain. This research stems from the dairy industry’s recent global initiative to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of its products through the adoption of new tools and technologies that are supported by a scientific agenda. Drawing from theories of knowledge production, science, and technology, Lily’s thesis interrogates how different actors across the dairy supply chain—from multinational corporations to small family farmers—internalize sustainability vis-à-vis the growing industry pressure to reduce the overall carbon footprint of dairy.

New Postdoctoral Fellow Patricia Lopez

Tish Lopez is a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography.  Her work emerges at the intersections of health and development, citizenship, and militarism. In particular, she investigates the ways in which citizenship, through health and development and military interventions, has been transnationalized, or, unmoored from its traditional framing through the state. While health and development programs are often understood to be apolitical, in her work, she argues that they are deeply political and disrupt citizens’ rights to make claims on or through their own governments. The majority of her work has focused on U.S. and international military interventions in Haiti over the past 100 years, with special focus on the first occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) and the immediate aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. She is currently finalizing a co-edited volume with Kathryn A.

Student Spotlight Rachel Gray '15

Rachel Gray is a Geography Major from Cabin John, MD (a suburb of Washington, D.C.) In addition to studying Geography, she is getting a minor in Hispanic Studies. Rachel decided to major in Geography after taking Introduction to International Development (Geog 6) with Professor Fox her freshman Spring. While Rachel was initially drawn to the Geography department by its thoughtful and critical engagement with development studies, she has grown to appreciate and understand the importance of incorporating the notion of space into everyday and academic thought. Next year she will be working with City Year as a Corps member in Little Rock, Arkansas. She will be mentoring and tutoring elementary school students. She is very excited to work closely with youth and other passionate Corps members as well as exploring both the city of Little Rock and the surrounding nature of Arkansas.