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This is the Geography Graduate Groups bulletin board of news and announcements.

Check out what our GGG Alumni and Current Students Are Doing!

(Posted: 2014-02-21)

Exciting work being done by Deborah Giles, Ph.D, and Kristen Denninger-Snyder, Ph.D Candidate with killer whales and hippos.  Please visit


Geography PhD student, Sahoko Yui wins the Joe Beaton Poster competition at the CGS Conference 2013!

(Posted: 2013-04-29)

Congratulations to Sahoko Yui, GGG PhD student!  She won first place in the Joe Beaton Poster Award competition for graduate students at the CGS Conference in Cal Poly this past weekend! 

Article on wine production, climate change & conservation

(Posted: 2013-04-25)

GGG member Robert Hijmans co-authored a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the effect of future climate change on viticulture. The article examines how changes in modes of production, and shifting area of production may affect natural ecosystems. The article is available here.

GGG PhD student receives Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) summer research grant

(Posted: 2013-03-11)

PhD Student Jean-Yves Merilus is one of the 2013 recipients of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) Summer Field Research Grant.  The grant will be used to conduct research on the extractive industry and development relationship in Haiti.

The HIA Field Research Grant is a competitive grant that funds pre-dissertation field research in Latin America as well as the Caribbean.

Professor Chris Benner speaks at the 2012 TEDx Sacramento City 2.0

(Posted: 2013-03-06)

The Power of Just Growth--Diverse knowledge communities and their role in shaping inclusion and prosperity in America's Metropolitan Regions by Associate Professor Chris Benner. 

TEDx video may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB1WqEV7miY


GGG Faculty, Ryan Galt, invited to speak at the Treacy Lecture at University of Wisconsin - Madison

(Posted: 2012-12-06)

The Treacy Lecture is named in honor of John Treacy, who earned his Ph.D. in Geography at UW Madison in 1989. Sadly, he passed away during his first semester as an Assistant Professor of Geography at George Washington University. John’s work focused on agricultural terraces and indigenous agroforestry in Peru. To honor a too-brief career by celebrating the work of other early-career scholars, the Geography Department created the John Treacy Lecture. The first Treacy Lecture was given in 1992 by William Cronon, then a Professor at Yale. Each year since, graduate students have selected a promising pre-tenure scholar to come share their work with the department.

GGG faculty member, Ryan Galt, receives a 2012 UC ANR Competitive Research Grant

(Posted: 2012-09-27)

GGG Executive Committee and Faculty Member Ryan Galt recently received a $262,702 grant to conduct a study of membership characteristics of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) businesses in California. 

The proposed study of CSA membership has a number of important features. First, it will be the first ever statewide CSA membership survey, and will involve around 300 CSAs and an estimated 200,000 households. Second, surveying non-members is important in assessing the potential pool of members, their retail outlet preferences, their willingness to pay, and barriers to participation. Third, it will be the first large-scale comparison of CSA operation characteristics with CSA membership characteristics, showing which features are correlated with increased membership...