Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 2/23/16

February 23, 2016


Map of 2014 Pennsylvania Governor’s race election turnout in Centre County created by Aaron Dennis for his presentation on “Mapping State College Election Results” at the January meet-up. Next State College Maptime meet-up is February 24.


The Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Student Essay and Creative Works Competition, sponsored by SWIG, is now accepting submissions.

Due date: March 20, 2016.



Coffee Hour with Tom Serfass
Wildlife conservation in North America: Science, policy, and politics portrayed through the eyes of the North American river otter
The reintroduction of mammalian predators often has been met with controversy among citizens near reintroduction sites primarily because of concern for predation of domestic animals and game species (species popular for recreational hunting). The North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) is an example of a predator widely reintroduced in the United States that has in some cases been negatively depicted in the media because of its predatory habits (i.e., fish eating).

Geography students bring open-source mapping group to State College
Two geography students have started a Maptime chapter in State College to support community cartography and teach people how to use and create maps. The endeavor is co-sponsored by The Peter R. Gould Center for Geography Education and Outreach in Penn State’s Department of Geography.


The message in the map: New edition of cartography design book released
Cynthia A. Brewer, head of Penn State’s Department of Geography, has released a new edition of “Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users.” Published by Esri Press, the book guides mapmakers through the process of designing visually pleasing and easily understandable maps.


Deer feeding selectivity for invasive plants
By Kristine M. Averill , David A. Mortensen, Erica A. H. Smithwick, Eric Post
In Biological Invasions
DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1063-z


Tamm Review: Management of mixed-severity fire regime forests in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California
By Paul F. Hessburg, Thomas A. Spies, David A. Perry, Carl N. Skinner, Alan H. Taylor, Peter M. Brown, Scott L. Stephens, Andrew J. Larson, Derek J. Churchill, Nicholas A. Povak, Peter H. Singleton, Brenda McComb, William J. Zielinski, Brandon M. Collins, R. Brion Salter, John J. Keane, Jerry F. Franklini, Greg Riegel
In Forest Ecology and Management

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