Geography

Dr. Evan Larson

Larson co-authors Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness publication, highlighting fire regimes and social justice issues

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Evan Larson, professor of geography, and his collaborators have been paddling the lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for the past 15 years to conduct a sprawling research project, the results of which have been recently published in the journal Ecosphere.

Driftless Oaks Research

Seven years of driftless oaks research project published

Authored on: Dec 12, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Thousands of hours of field work and undergraduate research, conducted by more than 75 UW-Platteville students spanning seven years, has come to fruition. Dr. Chris Underwood, associate professor of geography and department chair, Dr. Evan Larson, professor of geography, and alumna Sara Allen, a 2013 history and geography graduate, co-authored “The Driftless Oaks: A new network of tree-ring chronologies to improve regional perspectives of drought in the Upper Midwest, USA.”

Dr. Lynnette Dornak and student

Dornak publishes research on land use, bird conservation efforts

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Amid a decades-long trend of declining bird populations in North America, setting land aside for preservation has long been a primary approach to protect biodiversity. Dr. Lynnette Dornak, associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, researched the effectiveness of this method, and her work, “Assessing the Efficacy of Protected and Multiple-Use Lands for Bird Conservation in the U.S.,” was recently published by the scientific journal, PLOS ONE.

Students doing classwork outside

The department of geography launches new environmental science and conservation program

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
The Department of Geography is now offering a new undergraduate degree, environmental science and conservation. The program launched this fall with more than a dozen students declaring the major.

James Valiga

Pioneer Spotlight: James Valiga

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
When James (Jim) Valiga began teaching geography classes at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in fall 2013, his main goal was to pass on his life experience and knowledge. Each day, he strives to provide students with the knowledge, skills and support they need to succeed in their careers and be curious about the world.

Boebel Hall renovations

Boebel Hall renovations set to begin

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Paul Erickson
The $23.7 million Boebel Hall renovations are set to begin in the upcoming weeks. The project will renovate existing laboratory and classroom space to become instructional laboratories, preparation and support space, research and undergraduate research space and a general assignment classroom while adding stunning new looks.

Evan Larson, Tom Wilding, Kalina Hildebrandt

Larson, former students co-author article in international journal

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Evan Larson, associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, two former students and three other colleagues recently co-authored an article about their tree-ring research, “Faces in the Wilderness: a New Network of Crossdated Culturally-Modified Red Pine in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota, USA.”

Todd Stradford

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Todd Stradford

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Todd Stradford is an associate professor of geography at UW-Platteville and teaches courses in human geography, weather and climate and Asia.

Students at the Pacific ocean in Santa Monica, California

Students travel west to pursue 'educational adventure'

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Students recently traveled on a three-week geography field experience in the western United States. The annual excursion is designed to help students learn about the physical, cultural and environmental geography of that region.

Students presenting at the geography conference

Students, faculty present research at national geography conference

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Five University of Wisconsin-Platteville geography students and faculty members recently presented their research at the American Association of Geographers annual conference April 3-7 in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Evan Larson

Faculty forum to examine impact of Ojibwe landuse on Boundary Waters forests

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

What is wilderness?

To help answer this question, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum, “Reconsidering Wilderness,” on Thursday, March 7, in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.