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
“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
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
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.
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!)
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.
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
Recruiting prawns to fight river parasite
A BBC news article described in extensive detail Professor David Lopez Carr and collaborators’ research in eradicating chronic schistosomiasis using a novel approach: stocking rivers with prawns, a natural predator of the snails that host the parasite.
To view the complete story go to: Recruiting prawns to fight river parasite
With $1.5 million in NSF funding, a group of researchers from UCSB and partner institutions will study the effects of a novel way of eradicating schistosomiasis
“A Chronic Disadvantage
The disease has wider implications, according to UCSB geography professor David López-Carr, whose research focuses on the human dimensions of environment change, particularly in the developing areas of the world, as well as rural poverty and development. Those chronically afflicted tend to be the rural poor, people who live and work, bathe and play in the river and surrounding waterways and farms. This is where the infected freshwater snails thrive and continuously shed cercariae, the free-swimming larvae of the parasite that seek out and penetrate human skin. Because the people are constantly exposed to the parasite, and don’t have the means to avoid it in their daily lives or afford treatment, this population is chronically at a health and socioeconomic disadvantage, with poverty and poor health affecting each other in a self-perpetuating cycle.
“It makes you less competent at anything you do,” said López-Carr. “It makes you less effective as a parent or in your work — and that has a huge economic impact on a society.””
To view the complete story go to: A Win-Win-Win-Win
Karly Miller, Fulbright Scholar, shows the power of listening
Karly Miller, third year marine science doctoral candidate, is featured in the latest UCSB GradPost spotlight. Her research is on how tourist developments affect the social and ecological importance of fisheries in coastal subsistence-based communities. Learn more about Karly and her work in the link provided above.