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April 7, 2014
Preconference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Political Geography Specialty Group,
co-sponsored by the
USF School of Geosciences
, will be held at the Marshall Student Center (MSC 3708 and 3709) on Monday, April 7, 2014. Use this web link to access the
conference program and abstracts
April 8-12, 2014
the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience.
Meet and network
with geographers, environmental scientists, and GIS specialists.
are Co-Chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee for the
Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference
which will be held here in Tampa on April 8-12, 2014. All are welcomed to submit an abstract.
is taking pace now!
Key Climat-Related Events:
Tuesday, April 8
Field Trip: A Visit with the Hurricane Hunters and a Tour of the NOAA WP-3D Plane
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cost/person: $27 (includes bus transportation) (Register through thewww.aag.org) REGISTRATION FOR THIS TRIP CLOSES ON MARCH 1, 2014
Session 1266: Climate Specialty Group Student Paper Competition
Time: 10:00-11:40 am
Location: Florida Salon V, Marriott, Second Floor
Session 1756: AAG Presidential Plenary: Geographies of Climate Change
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Grand Salon E, Marriott, Second Floor
Wednesday, April 9
Session 2218: 2014 John Russell Mather Paper of the Year Award Presentation
Time: 10:00-11:40 am
Location: Room 18, TCC, First Floor
Recipient and Presenter: Laiyin Zhu (Johns Hopkins University)
Award Paper: Seasonal Tropical Cyclone Precipitation in Texas: A Statistical Modeling Approach Based on a 60-year Climatology.
Session 2913: Climate Specialty Group Business Meeting
Time: 8:30-9:30 PM
Location: Room 13, TCC, First Floor
The meeting is open to all members (or potential members).
Thursday, April 10
Session 3226: Climate Specialty Group Plenary Speaker: Dr. Michael Mann
“Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming”
Time: 10:00-11:40 am
Location: Ballroom A, TCC, First Floor
Please check the
The conference will feature more than 5,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, researchers, and educators. Sessions will be organized around featured themes and relevant topics, such as Florida and the Global South, Cultural Geographies, Climate Change, Geography Education, Human Geography and GIScience, Physical Geography, Geographies of Health, Social Justice, and much
If you are a student,
please consult with your advisor before submitting an abstract. AAG hosts many opportunities for students including a
“Jobs in Geography”
session. Look into the student paper and/or poster competitions sponsored by various specialty groups
(e.g. Jennifer Collins is Vice-Chair of the Climate Specialty Group ).
March 22, 2014
Come lend a helping hand! Saturday, March 22nd, 12 - 4 pm, join the
(Karst Research Group), the
(Geology Grad Student Organization), and the
in sprucing up the Geo Park. Included is a
February 8, 2014
The 14th Annual USF Geology Alumni Society Banquet will be February 8, 2014 at Traditions Hall, Alumni Center, USF Tampa Campus. Reception is at 6 pm, with dinner starting around 7. It is a fund-raising event to benefit the Richard A Davis, Jr, Endowed Fellowship in Geology.
The invitation that has gone out to alumni and supporters of USF Geology includes the following information:
Cost: $100 for individuals, $150 for couples, and $50 for students: $1250 (or more) for sponsored tables
Registration information is provided
As student veterans of the annual banquet know, some companies and individuals buy sponsored tables. Tables come with eight seats (meals), and in some cases, some of the seats are intended for unidentified students. These seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis according to a list that is generated based on an email request to
Dr. Len Vacher
. This year, in accordance to a request from the board of the Geology Alumni Society, the list will be categorized according to program (Geology, ESP, Geography) because some sponsors will have a preference.
If you wish to attend the banquet at a sponsored seat, please send an email to
(and please cc Judy McIlrath:
) with the following information:
Your name (for the name tag)
Your subdiscipline within the School of Geosciences (Geology, ESP, Geography)
Your program (graduate, undergraduate)
Your food preference (beef, fish, vegan) (Typically, the beef is steak, the fish is salmon or mahi mahi, and the vegan is noteworthy; the actual identities won’t be settled for a while, so let me know if you need more information to decide, but don’t let that stop you from requesting a seat if you want to go to the banquet.)
Email replies will be ordered by time of arrival of the email and by category (subdiscipline). Sponsored seating is limited, so it is important that you get on the list soon if you do want a sponsored seat. If we run out of sponsored seats before we run out of students who would like to attend, unsponsored students are very welcome to buy a seat at $50 each until we sell out. Non-geosciences spouses of sponsored guests are also available at $50 until we sell out.
February 7-9, 2014
Dear Geographers, FSG members, Students and Friends, the Florida Society of Geographers Annual Meeting is happening February 7-9, in Orlando, Florida.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended. The NEW deadline for abstract submission is Jan 17th! Please submit your abstract and registration.
Students, don't miss out the opportunity to practice your presentation before AAG. Conference Themes:
Innovative Applications of GIS: Moving into the 21st Century
Virtual Geography: Pedagogical Adaptations to Virtual Learning in Geography
Florida's Environments: the Escalating Battle over Habitat, Species and Resources
Florida's Water Systems: Facing the Future
Global Climate Change and Florida: Adaptations to Changing Weather and Sea Levels
Approaches to Urban Renewal and Revitalization in Florida
Follow this link for conference information and registration -->
Conference Registration and Payments
December 6, 2013
Celebrate a great year with the School of Geosciences and enjoy delicious food and drinks. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. Tickets:
$10 for students, $20 for faculty and alumni, $10 for friends and family.
Tickets include dinner and one drink. TICKETS ARE LIMITED. Cash bar. Semi-formal attire is requested. Join us!
The Towers of Channelside Clubhouse
445 South 12th Street, 5th Floor
The NOAA Preserve Initiative project seeks to preserve the history of past storms in the Tampa Bay region and protect historical documents and data collected by NOAA Hurricane Hunters and NWS. Documents, data, historical flight records and photos are being digitally preserved and made available to the public at the University of South Florida in the library’s Learning Commons in a display case and will shortly be available on the web. The records include NOAA flight crew and scientific personnel, times logged by NOAA aircraft in hurricanes, meteorological findings on each flight, news clippings, historical charts and other Weather Service memorabilia. USF graduate students,Heather Keys and Randall Hergert, are interning at AOC.
Although NOAA Hurricane Hunters serve a community larger than the Tampa Bay region, being located at MacDill Air Force base for the past twenty years has forged NOAA’s aircraft and mission into the culture of the region. A primary goal is to highlight contributions to both the tropical weather community and to faculty hurricane research and collaboration with NOAA. Associate Professor, Jennifer Collins from the School of Geosciences is the project lead from USF, Hurricane Hunter Ian Sears is the project lead from NOAA AOC and Science and Operations Officer Charles Paxton is the project lead at NWS. Jennifer Collins flew with the hurricane hunters last year during the infamous Sandy storm, and has flown other missions with them in the past including Tropical Storm Kyle in 2008.
Life restoration Radiodactylus langstoni Andres and
Myers 2013 ©Ontograph Studios by John Conway.
USF geoscientist Brian Andres Ph.D. names two new species of pterosaurs from his home state of Texas in a volume of the
Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
. This volume was in honor of Wann Langston, Jr., who passed away last April, and who first interested Dr. Andres in pterosaurs as freshman at The University of Texas of Austin. One of these new species, Radiodactylus langstoni, was named after Dr. Langston and is a smaller and more primitive relative of his Quetzalcoatlus, the largest known flying organism with a wingspan of over 32 feet. In this article, titled
Lone Star Pterosaurs,
Dr. Andres described these new species and presented the largest evolutionary analysis of pterosaurs to determine where Texas pterosaurs fit in the Tree of Life.