Webcast recording available for GSE Seminar

On 06FEB12, Dr. Shuguang “Leo” Liu, USGS Research Ecologist & GIScCE/EROS Faculty, spoke on “Land Use,Climate Change, and Carbon Dynamics in the Great Plains from 1992 to 2050”.


Live webcast:
Event Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2012

Webcast recording available for GSE Seminar "Adding Urban Systems to a Global Climate Model"

On 30JAN12, Prof. Trisha Jackson, Department of Geography, SDSU, spoke on “Adding Urban Systems to a Global Climate Model”.


Live webcast:
Event Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2012

Dr. Wimberly Serves on Endangered Species Panel

Dr. Mike Wimberly served on the USFWS red tree vole endangered species listing advisory panel as a subject matter expert on habitat trends in the Oregon Coast Range. His research on historical disturbance regimes and forest landscape change figured prominently in the decision  to designate the North Oregon Coast population of the red tree vole as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act,  published in the Federal Register on October 13th 2011

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dr. Hank Shugart to present "Feeding the Lions" at SDSU Oct. 10, 2011

Environmental scientist looks at Job for relevance to world today BROOKINGS, S.D. — Passages from the Old Testament Book of Job invoking the need to understand the functioning of the planet and its natural systems will form the basis for a science talk, “Feeding the Lions: The Conservation of Biological Diversity on a Changing Planet.”  Herman “Hank” Shugart, professor of environmental science and director of the Center for Regional Environmental Studies at the University of Virginia, will make his presentation at the South Dakota Art Museum Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Shugart uses the biblical text documenting an ancient environment to compare Neolithic biodiversity with the current day dilemma of a simultaneously growing population and a changing climate. Shugart looks at the “whirlwind speech” found in Job to make his comparisons.  “It is my hope that the poetry of Job and the power of the whirlwind speech will help us write a more unified synthesis across the diverse global issues that Earth and its people now face,” said Shugart. Shugart’s presentation kicks off a series of visits to South Dakota State University for the Virginia and John Holtry Distinguished Lecture in Geographic Information Science.  “The Holtry Lecture series will bring internationally recognized scientists to SDSU to enhance public understanding of geographic information science and its many applications,” said Geoff Henebry, interim co-director of the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence at SDSU.  “Dr. Shugart is a recognized leader in the use of ecosystem models to address pressing environmental issues,” said Henebry. “In addition to being a prolific scientist and author, Hank is a very entertaining speaker.” About South Dakota State UniversityFounded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from eight different colleges representing more than 175 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 29 master’s degree programs, 12 Ph.D. and two professional programs. The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Cooperative Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state. 

Event Date: 
Monday, October 10, 2011

Dr. Mike Wimberly and colleagues meet with SD Dept. of Health to discuss GIS/RS applications in public health

On June 4, 2009, Mike Wimberly, Ting-Wu Chuang, Alemayehu Midekisa, and Aki Michimi travelled to Pierre, SD to meet with representatives of the South Dakota Department of Health. Mike presented an update on work to date studying the spatial epidemiology of West Nile virus (WNV) in the Northern Great Plains, and planned future work on an NIH-funded research project developing ecological forecasting modeling for WNV. Aki presented a poster of his work analyzing national-level spatial patterns of obesity and associated risk factors. Ting-Wu Chuang presented an overview of his Ph.D. dissertation work on WNV epidemiology at the national level, and on WNV surveillance and mosquito population dynamics in Saginaw County Michigan. Afterwards we met with Lon Kightlinger, the state epidemiologist, to discuss data issues and future research directions.

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Landscape Ecology of Infectious Diseases symposium

Mike Wimberly, GIScCE Senior Scientist, is organizing a symposium on the Landscape Ecology of Infectious Diseases to be held on April 7th, 2008 at the annual meeting of the US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) in Madison, WI.

The symposium will feature talks from leading scientists in the fields of ecology and epidemiology. The National Institutes of Health have provided funding to support several travel awards for graduate students. For more information, see the symposium website.

Event Date: 
Monday, April 7, 2008