Geography Program Faculty
The faculty within the Geography Program have a depth and breadth of expertise that covers the United States, Alaska and the Circumpolar North. The faculty are committed to student success through teaching and research that prepare geographers to address the many challenges we now face in a globalized society, particularly from a northern perspective. Particular focus is given to the unique challenges found in Alaska.
For more information, contact the program coordinator: Wanda Tangermann
Cary de Wit- Associate Professor of Geography/Department Chair
Research Interests - cultural geography, North American regional cultures, rural cultures, perceptual geography, and sense of place. Recent research interests are popular perceptions of Alaska and the expression of frontier ideology in Alaskan politics, culture, and landscape.
John Bailey - Assistant Research Professor, Exploring the Virtual Earth
Research Interests - physical volcanology, geomorphology, application of geospatial tools, including remote sensing and Google Earth. Use of innovative technologies to promote understanding of the forms and processes of the world around us.
Kenneth A. Barrick - Associate Professor of Geography
Research Interests - physical geography, environmental studies, natural resource management, nonmarket economic valuation (especially for wilderness areas), nutrient status and allocation in Rocky Mountain tree species, plant responses to extreme wind and oceanic salt spray, impacts of geothermal energy development on geysers and hot springs
Lawson Brigham - Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy
Research Interests - polar environmental change, marine policy & ocean security issues, satellite remote sensing of sea ice and permafrost, marine navigation systems, coastal oceanography, polar environmental management & sustainable use.
Dan Mann - Assistant Professor of Geography
Research Interests - forest ecology, ice-age climate change, and the interactions between prehistoric humans and changing climate.
Current Research Programs -
1) Studies of environmental change at the end of the last ice age on the North Slope
2) Human impacts on island ecosystems in the South Pacific
3) Fire history in Interior Alaska; rock-dwelling microbes in Antarctica
4) Glacial history around the Gunnison Basin, Colorado
5) Human adaptations to global change in the Makalu region of Nepal
6) Fluvial responses to climate change during the Holocene on the Southern High Plains
Dave Verbyla -Professor of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Natural Resources
Research Interests - GIS technology for resource inventory and climate change studies, integrating remote sensing and GIS for regional analysis, support for spatial analysis using GIS
Current Research Programs - alaska land cover change, MODIS products evaluation, bonanaza creek long term ecological research (LTER)