Fulbright English Teaching Assistant

Michaela LeDoux '17 is a geography major and art history minor from New Orleans, LA. She was awarded a 2017-2018 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to teach at a high school in Třinec, Czech Republic. After participating in the geography department's FSP, Michaela wanted to return to experience more of the country beyond Prague. While in Třinec, she will also be involved in community engagement projects and hopes to conduct a qualitative research project on her host town and the surrounding region's development after the Velvet Revolution. She is grateful for her experience on the FSP and for the support she has received from the geography department. 

Excellence in Geomorphological Research

Congratulations to Frank Magilligan, Buraas, E.M., and Renshsaw, C.E., 2015. The efficacy of stream power and flow duration on geomorphic responses to catastrophic flooding, Geomorphology, 228: 175-188) was selected for the 2017 G.K. Gilbert Award for "Excellence in Geomorphological Research” awarded by the Geomorphology Specialty Group of the AAG.  


Stephanie Spera, Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow

Stephanie is interested in how and to what extent humans are modifying the landscape, what is driving these changes in land cover, and how are these changes affecting the environment. Back on earth, she completed an interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation at Brown University through the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society where she focused on how and why land cover had changed across the Cerrado of Brazil since 2000.

"The Land Beneath Our Feet" Screening with Filmmaker

The Land Beneath Our Feet weaves together rare archival footage from a 1926 Harvard expedition to Liberia with the journey of a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, seeking to understand how the past has shaped land conflicts in his country today. This film is an explosive reminder of how large-scale land grabs are transforming livelihoods across the planet.


Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Gregg Mitman
5:30 on Monday, April 10
First floor of House Center B

Dinner will be provided.

Statement Concerning the US Executive Order on Immigration

We, the members of the Geography Department at Dartmouth College condemn the US Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” issued on January 27, 2017.  This Order bars all refugees and visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States and signals that additional countries may be added to the list. We are concerned about what this means for individual members of the Dartmouth community – students, faculty, and staff – who are citizens of those countries as well as about the possible chilling effect this kind of Order will have for the intellectual life of Dartmouth’s campus and universities across the country.


Garrett Nelson Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Garrett is a historical geographer who became interested in studying the connection between social life and landscape transformation after taking courses on the history of landscape architecture as a Social Studies major at Harvard College. Garrett spent a year studying transitional urban planning in post-socialist Albania before completing a master’s degree in Landscape and Culture at the University of Nottingham as a UK Fulbright Scholar. He then completed a doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin–Madison which focused on debates about what kinds of “unit” areas are best suited for the political and technical work of planning.

How My Geography Major Prepared Me to be a Product Designer

I am a Geographer-come-Product Designer. In interviews and otherwise, many people ask me how this came about. I happen to think that the transition is a rather natural one. After all, Geography examines how humans shape environments and vice versa. I am sharing my story to encourage and motivate Geographers to consider a design career (or at least not to disqualify themselves from it). I also want to encourage those hiring to consider candidates with a Geography background. To read more:  https://medium.com/@sashaprok/how-my-geography-major-prepared-me-to-be-a...

Study: 4 Million Commutes Reveal New U.S. ‘Megaregions’

Postdoctoral fellow Garrett Nelson, a member of Dartmouth’s Society of Fellows, and a co-author have studied over 4 million commuter paths to identify “megaregions in the contiguous United States,” reports National Geographic. To see full article: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/us-commutes-reveal-new-economic-megaregions-map/