Lecture Series

The Department of Geography Lecture Series features a variety of local, national and international speakers from across the full spectrum of the discipline. Lectures are Thursdays from noon-1pm in Saunders 443B, unless noted otherwise. All are welcome to attend.


For more information about the series please contact Mary Mostafanezhad.


Fall 2014

Thursday October 2

Greater Sensitivity to Drought Accompanies Maize Yield Increase in the U.S. Midwest


Michael Roberts

Department of Economics & Sea Grant, University of Hawaii at Manoa



Thursday October 16

People, fire and changing landscapes: applying global pyrogeography to understand contemporary fire regimes in Hawaii.


Clay Trauernicht

Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa



Special Time and Location: Thursday October 23, 4:30-6:30PM, Crawford Hall 105

The Italian Mountain: 60 years of change, challenges and gaze at K2


Kathryn Besio, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Guido Carlo Pigliasco, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Joy Logan, Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Suzanne Finney, Department of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii, West Oahu

Guy Sibilla, freelance travel photographer



Thursday November 6

The Spatial Dynamics of Residential Settlement in Hanga Ho‘onu, Rapa Nui (Easter Island)


Mara Mulrooney

Bishop Museum



Thursday November 13

Title: TBA


Emily Coffey

Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Ashville



Thursday November 20

Origins of Tropical Marine Biodiversity: The Phylogeographic Perspective


Brian Bowen

Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology



Spring 2014

January 23

High-resolution digital mean climate and evapotranspiration maps of Hawai'i


Thomas Giambelluca

Professor, Department of Geogrpahy



January 30

The Redevelopmental State: Governing Dispossession through Desire and Difference in Mumbai


Sapana Doshi

Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona (Cosponsored the Center for South Asia Rama Wattumull Collaborative Lecture Series and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning)



February 06

Spaces of Trust: A Critical Geographical Analysis of South Korea's Trustpolitik


Ethan Yorgason

Associate Professor at Kyungpook National University, Korea



February 20

Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Borderlands: A Case Study of the Estonian-Russian Border


Robert J. Kaiser, Professor

Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin (Cosponsored by the Russian Collections, UH Library)



Wednesday, February 26, 5:30 PM Bilger Hall Auditorium

The First Agrarian States: The Late Neolithic Multispecies Resettlement Camp


James C. Scott

Department of Political Science, Yale University



March 20

The Practice and Politics of Scaling up Marine Governance


Leila Sievanen

Anthropologist, Joint Institute for Atmospheric and Marine Research in Honolulu



April 03

Solar Radiation in Hawaii: Evidence of a Changing Climate


Ryan Longman

Department of Geography, University of Hawai'i



April 25, Friday, 3:00pm

Forty days on the Antarctic Peninsula melting back and greening up Lecture Flier


David Beilman

Assistant Professor, Department of Geogrpahy



May 6, Tuesday, Noon - 1:00pm

Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity and Cultural Heritage in Hawai‘i, California and Australia Lecture Flier


David Beilman

Assistant Professor, Department of Geogrpahy



July 16, Wednesday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Seeds, Sunshine and Struggle: Understanding Global Seed Research in Chile Lecture Flier


Annabel Ipsen

PhD Candidate, University of Wisonsin at Madison, Department of Geogrpahy