News Brief from Our Chair, Darla Munroe.

January 29, 2021

News Brief from Our Chair, Darla Munroe.

News Brief graphic 01-29-21

This week's blog post by Sohyun Park

Faculty News: 

Madhumita Dutta is giving a talk next week at the Advanced Center for Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

In collaboration with scientists at Rutgers University and other institutions, Zhengyu Liu published a paper in NatureSeasonal origin for the Holocene and last interglacial thermal maximum, challenging the long-held view that the global temperature was the highest in the last 12,000 years (Holocene) in mid-Holocene. They developed a new method that filters out seasonal bias in past temperature reconstructions, showing that the annual global temperature continued warming towards the present.
Their study suggests that the first half of the Holocene was colder than in industrial times due to the cooling effects of remnant ice sheets and the late Holocene warming was indeed caused by the increase in greenhouse gases, as predicted by climate models, and that eliminates any doubts about the key role of carbon dioxide in global warming.

Alumni News:

Deondre Smiles (PhD, Geog 2019) has accepted a tenure-track faculty appointment in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, to start in July.

Upcoming Events:

We have two graduate student colloquium presentations today at 3:30 pm:
Jialin Li (PhD candidate, Geog) - Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Methods for Cartographic Recognition. 
Luyu Liu (PhD student, Geog)- The impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on public transit demand in the United States.

Geography Blog: 

This week's blog on the theme of Food Systems and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus was contributed by Sohyun Park, (PhD Candidate, Geog), Would global trade contribute to food security without overwhelming our planet?


Darla Munroe
Professor and Chair