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 2015

Thursday September 3, 3pm in Crawford Hall 115

Ethnographic Research: At Home and in the Field in Asia and the Pacific Islands, Roundtable Discussion


Suzanne Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Pigliasco, and Forrest Young, together with 9 additional contributors to the At Home and in the Field volume (including geographers Hong Jiang and Keith Bettinger)

Interdepartmental sponsorship (e.g. geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, ethnic studies, Pacific Island Studies), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



Tuesday September 15, 12pm in Saunders Hall 443

Climate Change Studies over the United States based on High Resolution WRF Model Simulations


Roy Rasmussen

Senior Scientist and Section Head of the Hydrometeorological Applications Program, Research Applications Laboratory, NCAR



Thursday September 24

On Stormy Seas: War, Geopolitics, and Identity Formation in Okinawa


Kyle Kajihiro

Department of Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



Thursday October 1

Biogeography and Geomatics of Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Incorporating Geographic Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology, Fisheries Assessment, and Climate Change Science


Erik Franklin

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)



Thursday October 8

Adjuncts of Empire: The EFEO and the Conservation of Cham Antiquities


Bill Chapman

Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



Thursday October 15

Hurricane Katrina's Bio-Temporalities


Michael Shapiro

Department of Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



Thursday October 22

Earth Writing


Simon Springer

Department of Geography, University of Victoria



Tuesday October 27 in Moore Hall 319 at 12pm

Spiriting Away The Homeless: Cambodia's New Apocalypse


Simon Springer

Department of Geography, University of Victoria



Thursday November 5

Ecohydrology and its application to aquatic ecosystems at the landscape scale


Yin-Phan Tsang

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



Thursday December 3

A long-term perspective on fire in eastern Australia: lessons for contemporary natural resource management


Scott Mooney

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Australia



Thursday December 10

Assessing cumulative social-ecological vulnerabilities at the regional scale


Tim Smith

Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.



Spring 2015

January 29

Owning the World of Ideas


Debora Halbert

Department of Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



February 5

On the ecological effects of harvesting non timber forest products by local communities: going beyond classical approach


Orou Gaoue

Department of Botany, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



February 19

The plant-soil-atmosphere system in a changing world - research highlights from work on vegetation fires, chronic nitrogen deposition and summer drought in Switzerland


Michael W.I. Schmidt

Department of Geography, Soil Science & Biogeochemistry, University of Zurich *Co-Sponsored with the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Management*



Friday February 20, 12pm-1pm in Saunders 443

Landscape research in Slovenia


Mimi Urbanc

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts



February 26

Title: TBA


Kamana Beamer

Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



March 5

Vog: Using Volcanic Eruptions to Estimate the Health Costs of Particulates and SO2


John Lynham

Department of Economics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



New Date TBA

Human Well-being in Natural Resource Management and Conservation: Status and Challenges


Supin Wongbusarakum

Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).



April 9

Revolution in a Rice Field: The Radical Geography of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, 1975-1979


Jonathan Padwe

Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa



April 16

Feeding the Dragon: China and Natural Resource Development in Oceania


Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka

Center for Pacific Islands Studies, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa