Geography Spotlight - April 2016
Julie Commerford, doctoral candidate, placed first in the Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group Doctoral Student Paper Competition at the April 2016 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Graduate students from all branches of paleoenvironmental change participated in the competition. Papers were evaluated on their research contribution to the field of paleoenvironmental studies and on the effectiveness of the presentation. The title of Commerford’s talk was “Variation in Grassland Vegetation Composition and Fire Activity throughout the Holocene at Fox Lake, Minnesota.” Co-authors were Bèrangère Leys (Kansas State University), Kendra McLauchlan (Kansas State University), and Josh Mueller (University of Utah). Commerford’s major professor is Kendra McLauchlan.
Bryce K. Marston, doctoral candidate, was honored with the Best Paper by a Doctoral Student by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Geomorphology Specialty Group at the April 2016 AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Graduate students from all branches of geomorphology participated in the competition. Papers were evaluated on their research contribution to the field of geomorphology and on the effectiveness of the presentation. The title of Marston’s talk was “Geomorphology and Large Wood Dynamics of Headwater Mountain Streams Infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle, Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.” Co-authors were Melinda Daniels (Stroud Water Research Center) and Sandra E. Ryan-Burkett (USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station). Marston’s co-major professors are Melinda Daniels and Charles Martin.