pNGGeography at CSU focuses on providing undergraduate students with a broad background in geographic thinking with an emphasis on the traditional geographic focus of understanding dynamic interactions between humans and the environment in an era of rapid global change.

The Department developed a minor and concentration in Geography in the Fall, 2011 and we continue to offer new courses in Geography. Geography laboratory facilities include the CSU Biogeography Lab and the Geospatial Lab which are run by geography faculty Dr. Jason Sibold and Dr. Stephen Leisz, respectively.

We also have two dynamic Adjunct Professors, Dr. John Lindenbaum and Dr. Timothy Vowles, who contribute significantly to the course offering of the department.

Mythical “White City” has been found

Dr. Chris Fisher and Dr. Stephen Leisz have been working in the Mosquitia Coast region of Central America for the past few months to access this remote archaeological site. Partnering with an international team and as part of a broader collaboration with the Global Heritage Foundation (GHF), UTL Productions, the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and the Honduran Government, Fisher and Leisz have been gathering LiDAR imaging in order to map the until now, otherwise inaccessible site. Data gathered so far suggests that the settlements could have housed as many as 20,000.

This summer will keep Fisher and Leisz busy with analyzing the data they have collected thus far as well as planning for future fieldwork which will further verify results part of the larger GHF project. Leisz and Fisher will be presenting their initial results from the project at the upcoming American Geophysical Union Meeting of the Americas held in Cancun, Mexico May 14-17.

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