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Quoted in Mercury Newspaper Article on Sea Level and South SF Bay

Here is a new article in the San Jose Mercury News with some quotes based on our new work on sea level rise and marshes in the southern San Francisco Bay. https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/17/how-drawbridge-is-drowning-and-what-it-means-for-our-future/ How Drawbridge is drowning — and what it means for our future Rising seas and sinking muds doom once-vibrant ghost town   The ghost town of Drawbridge is seen from this drone view near San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The town was formerly known as Saline City, and was abandoned decades ago and is now slowly sinking into the marsh. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)   By Lisa M. Krieger | lkrieger@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 17, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: July 17, 2018 at 9:17 am   A century ago, the island town of Drawbridge held 90 homes, hotels and cabins, with hunting so bountiful that dead ducks served as currency at its gambling tables. Now — in a rare act of reverse colonization — civilization is ceding to the elements in this windswept …

LA Weekly on Our New PLoS 1 Paper regarding Climate Change and Fire

LA Weekly published and article on our new PLoS 1 paper on climate change in California and the Southwest. http://www.laweekly.com/news/study-probes-connection-between-climate-change-fires-8766855 You can see the scientific paper here – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0186282 Loisel J, MacDonald GM, Thomson MJ (2017) Little Ice Age climatic erraticism as an analogue for future enhanced hydroclimatic variability across the American Southwest. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186282. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186282

AAG Presidential Column – Creating and Preserving Actionable and Policy-Relevant Geography

Creating and Preserving Actionable and Policy-Relevant Geography news.aag.org/2017/01/creating-and-preserving-actionable-and-policy-relevant-geography/ 1/29/2017 Ensconced in our academic environs, as students or as faculty, we are sometimes accused of being removed and aloof from the issues of the real world and our research regarded as being of purely scholarly interest. Indeed, there are times for many of us that this may be more than a little bit true. I certainly have not been immune to being intrigued by questions with no apparent implications for the practical problems of the here-and-now. However, today, as often has been the case over its long history, the discipline of geography is being called upon — and called out — because of its importance in identifying and addressing problems of the wider world. Three recent items in the news reminded me of the potential role of geographers and geography in addressing the myriad challenges swirling around us at the present time. First, this past week the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, spoke at a Republican Party meeting in Philadelphia. She then met …

AAG Presidential Column – Strengths and Challenges of Diversity

Strengths and Challenges of Diversity news.aag.org/2017/01/strengths-and-challenges-of-diversity/ 1/5/2017 It is fair to say that the recent election has created deep concerns in our community regarding issues of diversity and gender equity. This unease certainly extends far beyond the campuses. In writing about the uncertainty in America’s corporate workplaces a recent article in Bloomberg stated, “Diversity issues have come to the fore as the presidential campaign exposed and deepened bitter divisions on matters such as the treatment of women and minorities.” So, as we enter the potentially troubled waters of 2017, allow me to share some of my thoughts on the fundamental issue of diversity as it relates to our discipline and the AAG. This past month the University of California reported on our 2017 applicant pool and it makes for enlightening reading in this regard. By the numbers — the UC applicants were 34 percent Chicano/Latino, 30 percent Asian American, 25 percent White, 6 percent African American and about 1 percent American Indian and Pacific Islander. In terms of socioeconomic diversity, 42.4 percent were from low …