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K-State Today

November 2, 2017

Geography faculty, students present, receive honors at regional meeting

Submitted by Chuck Martin

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from the geography department participated in the annual 2017 meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association of Geographers Oct. 13-14 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. 

The following faculty and students made presentations — papers or posters — at the meeting: 

• Ali S. Alghamadi, graduate student, and John Harrington Jr., professor, presented "Temporal Trends and Spatial Patterns of Warm Season Hot Temperatures in Saudi Arabia." 

• Harrington also presented "The Kansas Geographic Alliance: History and Current Status."

• Karl Bauer, graduate student, presented "Rural Population Decline and 'Free Land' Programs in the Great Plains." 

• Barrie Chileen, graduate student, and colleagues Thomas P. Albright and Devin Jacobs presented "An Evaluation of Gridded Temperature Products and their Effectiveness in Modeling Small-Scale Ambient Temperature." 

• Amariah Fischer, graduate student, and Shawn Hutchinson, associate professor, presented "Proposing a Geographic Information Dashboard: Why and How." 

• Hutchinson and colleague Austin Braget presented "Time Series Analysis of Vegetation Phenometrics for the Flint Hills Ecoregion, 2001-2015." 

• Thomas B. Larsen, graduate student, and Harrington presented "Composing and Refining a Learning Progression for Place." 

• Abbey Marcotte, undergraduate student, and Kendra K. McLauchlan, associate professor, presented "Determining the Effects of Fire on Spatial Patterns of Nutrients in an Oak Savanna." 

• Hilda Onuoha, graduate student, and colleague Shunfu Hu presented "Analysis of Urban Growth in Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois using Remote Sensing and Population Change Data." 


The following students won awards at the meeting: 

• Abbey Marcotte earned second place in the undergraduate poster competition. 

• Ali S. Alghamdi earned third place in the graduate student paper competition. 

• The K-State team comprised of Karl Bauer, Barrie Chileen, Amariah Fischer, Marcotte, and Hilda Onuoha — placed second in the GeoBowl competition and Karl Bauer tied for first in individual scoring.