Department of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Students Represent UT at the AAG Annual Meeting

Mon, April 7, 2014
Faculty and Students Represent UT at the AAG Annual Meeting

University of Texas at Austin is well represented this year by the Department of Geography and the Environment at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Tampa, FL. They are joined by fellow geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting will be held from April 8 to April 12, 2014, and will feature over 4,500 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. The AAG annual meeting has been held every year since the association's founding in 1904. Department faculty and students will be presenting on the following topics:


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Doolittle, Bill

12:40 PM to 2:20 PM- 1460 American Odyssey: Historical Geographies of North America, scheduled in Grand Salon I, Marriott, Second Floor


Diamond, Sara  

1:00 PM- Resource Management and Floods: Livelihoods in the Western Amazon 


Rudow, Josh

4:40 PM- The use of video blogs for instruction of GIS and other digital geographic methods


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Beach, Sheryl  


2:40 PM- Mercury pollution and the ancient Maya (co-author);

2:55 PM- Geoarchaeology of a Maya Tropical Forest Transect (co-author);

3:10 PM- Beyond the Fields of Paradise: Geoarchaeological Field Investigations of Ancient Maya Wetland Agriculture (author);

3:40 PM- New Information about the Extent of Ditched Field Agriculture in the Rio Hondo Valley (co-author);


Doubleday, Kalli

8:00 AM- Land-Change in India's Tiger Landscapes: A Discourse Analysis of Case Studies in and around Twelve of India's Protected Areas;  


Flood, Jonathan  

4:40 PM- Water Chemistry and Oracular Phenomenon in the Temples of Apollo at Delphi, Didyma, and Claros.


Heyman, Rich

4:40 PM to 6:20 PM– GSAG Plenary with Rich Heyman: "Professionalization, activism, and the GSAG"  is scheduled on Wednesday,  in Room 21, TCC, First Floor;  


Holloway, Paul

8:20 AM- Sensitivity analysis of step selection function model parameters


Knapp, Gregory


3:20 PM- "Incorporating Historical Political Ecology in Broader Contexts of Nature, Society and Adaptation"


LaFevor, Matt

12:40 PM to 2:20 PM- Historical Political Ecology 3: Knowledge, Technology, and Past Landscapes in Room 1, TCC, First Floor

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Levine, Daniel

8:00 AM- Abstract Title: "Assessment of savanna woody encroachment in the Kalahari leveraging NDVI and vegetation plots" 


Mishra, Niti

8:00 AM- Estimating fractional land cover in semi-arid central Kalahari: The impact of mapping method (spectral unmixing versus object based image analysis) and vegetation morphology


Schwartz, Greg  

2:40 PM- Session #3578


Friday, April 11, 2014

Beach, Sheryl

8:00 to 11:00 AM- International Encyclopedia of Geography Editors Meeting


Christiansen, Thomas  

12:40 PM- "Linking field-derived structural vegetation classes with remotely sensed land cover data for assessing savanna dynamics and disturbances in northwestern Botswana"


Clary, John

10:00 AM- Digital Geographies of Transnational Spaces: Mapping Migrant Communications Between the US and Mexico, Room 32, TCC, Fourth Floor


Doubleday, Kalli

10:00 AM - Geography and Social Media: Engaging lower division geography students in the virtual field (organizer);

2:40 PM- Publishing, not perishing: A student's guide to academic publishing (organizer) 

Falola Bisola 

“Life-Geohistories Methodology: Examining the Everyday Spatiality of Young People’s Lifecourse Transitions” Friday 5:00 pm

Heyman, Rich

8:00 AM to 9:40 AM- Reflections on the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute: A Conversation with Gwendolyn Warren, Co-Director  is scheduled on Friday,  in Room 23, TCC, First Floor


Polk, Molly

Panelist -

2:40 PM- Publishing, not perishing: A student's guide to academic publishing.


Schank, Cody

16:40 PM- Building SDMs from temporally explicit environmental data: a test case using eBird and MODIS


Snavely, Rachel

Poster session-

10:00 AM- Title: Monitoring vegetation recovery and land cover dynamics in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest: A multi-temporal remote sensing based approach


Yang, Xuebin

14:40 PM- Woody Plant Encroachment Monitoring: An Example from Central Texas Savannas





Saturday, 4/12/2014

Adams, Paul

8:00 AM- "Place, Politics and Social Media"


Avilés-Vázquez, Katia 

“Social Media / Social Networks: Redefining Networks in Agriculture,” Saturday 10:40 pm; also Panelist, Intersecting Digital Geographies and Material Futures, Saturday 2:00-3:40 pm.


Islas, Marina

10:00 AM to 11:40 AM- Feminist geography and critical participatory action research: Intersectional commitments, in Room 20, TCC, First Floor


Laue, Justin  

4:00 PM- Analyzing Areal Reductions of Protected Areas in the Brazilian Amazon


Polk, Molly

2:00 PM to 3:40 PM- Mountain Landscapes and Communities in a Changing World Room 15, TCC, First Floor


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