Professor David Lopez-Carr interviewed by Oklahoma NPR station KGOU’s World Views on Interactions Between the Environment and Human Behavior

Professor David Lopez-Carr was interviewed by Oklahoma NPR station KGOU’s World Views and talked about the studies being conducted on interactions between the environment and human behavior. With this interaction it affects both aspects. Humans have a big impact on the environment and the environment affects the way humans behave. He tells Oklahoma NPR station KGOU’s World Views that the Human-Environment Dynamics Lab was able to determine that sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world that has experienced “high population growth density with climatic anomalies, such as high temperatures and decreased precipitation.” Furthermore, the interview continued with Professor David Lopez-Carr’s studies to climate change and talks about the harsh impacts of climate change in rural areas.

To view the complete story and listen to the interview go to: UC-Santa Barbara Lab Studies Interactions Between The Environment and Human Behavior

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Professor David Lopez-Carr talks about his research in Global Population Issues in The Bottom Line

David Lopez-Carr receives the Research Excellence Award at the American Association of Geography’s April 2017 meeting in Boston for his research on human influence on the environment and population health. He was interviewed by The Bottom Line as he talks about his dedication in his life’s work to researching the global population issues that are currently happening. He wants to make a change and a difference by being part of solving solutions from problems that many humans are having problems in.

To view the complete story go to: The Human Environmental Geographer

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Kevin Mwenda receives a prestigious TA nomination for 2016-17 and multiple awards for 2017-18

Congratulations to HED lab member Kevin Mwenda for receiving a prestigious UCSB TA nomination for 2016-17 and multiple awards for 2017-18. Kevin was nominated for the 2016-17 UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Award. According to the nomination letter from the Academic Senate, Kevin’s nomination is “a distinct honor and recognizes the quality of [his] teaching as exemplary.”

Kevin Mwenda was also awarded the 2016-17 Department of Geography Excellence in Teaching award, one which is given annually to a graduate student who has an outstanding teaching and TAing track record, in terms of both quality and quantity. According to a transcript from Professor Dan Montello, while presenting the annual awards on behalf of Department Chair Prof. Oliver Chadwick during the Colloquium on May 25, 2017, this award was made to Kevin because he “has a record of receiving outstanding course evaluations, outstanding written comments from students, outstanding evaluations of [his] TA work by the course instructor, and outstanding design of course, section, or lab syllabi or activities.

Kevin has also been awarded a Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship for the Winter 2018 quarter as part of the UCSB Central Continuing Student Fellowships for 2017-18, to allow him to devote full attention to dissertation writing. This award was based on a successful nomination by the Geography department and was reviewed and selected by a central faculty fellowship committee.

Kevin has also been awarded a Broom Center for Demography Graduate Student Research and Training (GSRT) grant by the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research (ISBER), to attend a five-day workshop entitled “Machine Learning: Applications and Opportunities in the Social Sciences” at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kevin hopes to gain the following insights and skills from this workshop: “1) how to test and improve model specifications and predictions of demographic big-data, (2) develop and assess uncertainty estimates in demographic big-data, (3) learn how to potentially conduct a similar workshop(s) here at UCSB as the Social Demography Lab Manager, for the benefit of interdisciplinary Social Scientists affiliated with the Broom Center for Demography.”

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Professor David Lopez-Carr awarded PSG Research Excellence Award.

Professor Lopez-Carr is a recipient of the Population Specialty Group’s (PSG) 2017 Research Excellence Award. The award recognizes early- and/or mid-career scholars for research excellence in the field of population geography, either in the form of a single piece of published work or a continuing record of high accomplishment. The award was received at the PSG awards ceremony at the annual AAG meeting in Boston.

AAG’s Population Specialty Group’s Research Excellence Award

The Human Environmental Geographer

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Professor David Lopez-Carr talks about Planetary Health in the Santa Barbara Independent

“UCSB’s David Lopez-Carr Improves Planetary Health”

“When it comes to researching planetary health, UCSB geography professor David López-Carr is at the forefront. In October 2016, he cofounded the Planetary Health Center of Expertise, under which interdisciplinary researchers from the UC system and beyond study the complex interaction of human and natural forces.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Gates Foundation, the team is underwriting $1.5 million in creative projects to tackle complicated problems around the globe. One such project is López-Carr’s work with UCSB zoology professor Armand Kuris and two Stanford researchers: They’re introducing prawns (which eat the snails that host parasitic worms that cause disease) to key river systems in sub-Saharan Africa, a problem initially created by the building of dams.”

To view the complete story go to: Geography Professor Cofounds the Planetary Health Center of Expertise

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Barbara Quimby Awarded an Inamori Fellowship for 2016-2017

Taniguchi and Quimby selected as Inamori Fellows

“Congratulations to Doctoral students Kris Taniguchi and Barbara Quimby for being two of the ten SDSU graduate students to be awarded an Inamori Fellowship for 2016-2017.”

To view the complete story go to: Taniguchi and Quimby selected as Inamori Fellows

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Daniel Ervin receives a prestigious NIH funded fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Congratulations to HED lab member Daniel Ervin. Daniel accepted a prestigious fellowship from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health to study Cardiovascular Epidemiology, turning down a prestigious post-doc at the University of Michigan to do so. He also co-authored an article accepted for publication by The Professional Geographer. Daniel, who is finishing out his degree as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego, and Ty Beal, a Doctoral Student in the Geography Graduate Group in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis wrote an article whose purpose was “to provide an overview of an emerging theme within the subfield of nutritional geography we call the geography of malnutrition.” Work relating to malnutrition is a high priority research topic, with growing relevance to geographical concepts, but there is no overview of geographical approaches to this theme. Using keyword searches in Google Scholar and Web of Science to obtain relevant publications, they authors identified the major foci of work within this theme: undernutrition, diseases that cause malnutrition, the nutrition transition, and critical and feminist approaches to malnutrition. The authors review these foci, provide examples of prominent work, and identify areas of research concerning malnutrition that are highly spatial, but have yet to be effectively studied using geographic techniques. The article will appear online and in print in 2017.

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Alum Jason Davis starts new tenure track position at UNC

Jason Davis, an alum of UCSB’s graduate geography program, will be starting a new tenure track position at the UNC this fall. Professor Lopez Carr enthusiastically supported Jason for the position, crediting him with “great intellectual curiosity and perseverance” that “translates into a superior research effort.” He will be researching the influence of labor migration on a range of demographic, health, education, and environmental outcomes throughout the developing world. On a personal note, we are encouraged that Jason is recovering from several months of medical treatment and ready to start this exciting new chapter in his life with his wife, Jess, who received a dual appointment with Jason as an OBGYN physician at the UNC hospital, and their son, Jackson (who will surely be a Tar Heel fan for life!)

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Lane Zorich accepts her offer to attend London School of Economics

Senior HED intern Lane Zorich accepted her offer to attend London School of Economics this week for their MSC in Urbanization and Development within the Department of Geography and the Environment. Lane was accepted into all three of her Master’s programs, also receiving offers from University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences and University College London’s Development Planning Unit for programs focused on environmental sustainability. After graduating cum laude from UCSB this June, Lane will be moving to London this September pursuing research at LSE focused on rural-to-urban migration and health and nutrition in urban areas.

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Post-Doc Alums, Narcisa Pricope and Juliann Aukema collaborate with Professor Lopez-Carr and FEWS net on recently published PLOSOne article: “Biodiversity Areas under Threat: Overlap of Climate Change and Population Pressures on the World’s Biodiversity Priorities”.

Biodiversity Areas under Threat: Overlap of Climate Change and Population Pressures on the World’s Biodiversity Priorities

The article explores how places around the world with high or growing human populations and increased climate variability threaten the ecosystem services that humans depend upon. It expands on the ensuing cycle of ecological degradation and applies different theoretical conservation schemes. In aiming to identify both environmental and human high-risk areas, it determines where these conservation measures would make the most impact.

To view the complete story go to: Biodiversity Areas under Threat: Overlap of Climate Change and Population Pressures on the World’s Biodiversity Priorities

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