NASA’s Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program (LCLUC), an interdisciplinary science program in the Earth Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate has awarded Dr. Stephen Leisz as one of its 2012 Land-Cover/Land-Use Change for Early Career Scientist awardees. Read more
Uncovering Hidden Treasure, and History...
LiDAR, Light Detection and Ranging, is optical remote sensing technology that is becoming increasingly used to help measure distance, sense objects and detect targets by using pulses of light. Archaeologist, Dr. Chris Fisher and geographer, Dr. Stephen Leisz have been working with this technology for the past couple years to help uncover an ancient civilization in the Patzcuaro Basin in Mexico.
The BBC covered this project in detail, read more about this incredible technology and and how LiDAR is helping to change the way archaeologists around the globe are able to work.
Assistant Professor, Stephen Leisz, received a grant to host four visiting scholars from Hanoi University of Agriculture in Vietnam at CSU from May 16 to 30. While on campus, our guests will be participating in a training focused on exploring the recent advances in how GIS and remote sensing tools are used analyze land use/cover changes, socio-economic development, and environmental modeling. The lecturers will be based in the Geospatial Lab and also visit other scholars around campus.
Stephen Leisz, Assistant Professor of Geography, is traveling to Singapore, Jakarta, and Vietnam this summer. As part of his travels he will meet with colleagues at the National University of Singapore to explore new project possibilities focusing on livelihood transitions in Southeast Asia. Read more
The Department recently hosted Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Hue Le from the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies of Vietnam’s National University. She presented a talk on Vietnam’s vulnerability to projected climate changes. The talk was focused on issues of vulnerability and adaptation.
Recent Anthropology graduate, Katherine Carroll, presented her research project titled "Fort Collins: Interpreting a Landscape to Provide Further Insight on Socio-Economic Change at this year's Celebrate Undergraduate Research & Creativity Day in April. Carroll developed this project for Geography 480: Land Change Science and Remote Sensing. Read more
Dr. Stephen Leisz and Dr. Jason Sibold were panel members for the “Managing the Planet Panel Series” this spring. The series, which is organized by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SOGES), provides an opportunity for the general public to ask questions on prominent environmental issues and for scientists to engage with the general public to inform them of the results from their personal research. Read more
The number of students interested in Geography at CSU continues to grow. Since the beginning of the spring semester, enrollment has risen to 18 Geography minors along with four students who are pursuing a Geography concentration within the Department. This is an increase from last semester of more than 10% in minors and a 100% increase in students pursuing a Geography concentration. Students who pursue a Geography minor at CSU are required to take Introduction to Geography, Physical Geography, Cultural Geography along with a mix of upper level Geography and technique courses that focus on GIS and Remote Sensing.
Geography continues to develop within the Department of Anthropology and this semester we are happy to report the addition of three new exciting upper-level courses!
Dr. Steve Leisz is offering a course on Land Change Science and Remote Sensing. This course will help students make critical connections
between the social and economic influences on land-use practices and the remote sensing tools and techniques to identify change.
Congratulations are in order to Sarah Millionig for Best Overall Presentation. Best Integration of the Subfields was awarded to Madeline Bergon, way to go! And last, but not least, the Best Use of Primary Data was awarded to Sara Kirkpatrick. Congratulations to our Best in Class!
All of our Capstone presenters did an incredible job and we thank you for your hard work. We wish you the best in your future and expect updates on all the wonderful work you are doing. Read more
Stop by and check out what our geography students are working on. Did you know that we have a GIS lab complete with a plotter used for printing large scale map and poster projects, Arch GIS and remote sensing software such as ENVI, spatial statistics and much more. Stop by for a visit and say hi to any one of the friendly lab monitors while you're at it!
Stephen Leisz (Assistant Professor of Geography) is traveling to Vietnam and Papua New Guinea this summer. He and colleague Melinda Laituri (CNR) have been selected by the Hanoi University of Agriculture to organize and lead a remote sensing and GIS training course at the Hanoi University of Agriculture in Hanoi, Vietnam. Read More
The Anthropology Colloquium Series recently featured talks on religion by Dr. Elizabeth Olson, Senior Lecturer in Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland who discussed theoretical views of religiosity from Weber, Marx and Gramsci.
Senior Anthropology undergraduate student Lindsey Ellgen presented her research project titled "American Samoa: Tsunami Vulnerability and Village Relocation" at this year's Celebrate Undergraduate Research & Creativity Day this past April.