Recent Alumni News

The Department of Geography is pleased to recognize Ph.D. graduate Iain Hay's 2024 Laureat d’honneur, awarded by the International Geographical Union (IGU). This international recognition for “service to the discipline at the international, national and local scales” is a tremendous honor. The award – which is arguably one of the most esteemed in international geography – will be presented in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, August 30. Having graduated… Read more
As a "self-described introvert," alum Eddie Bayya has navigated from the Department of Geography to a burgeoning career in the legal field. While pursuing a Paralegal Certificate at Highline College, Eddie currently works as an intern for the Law Office of Jenny Cochrane in Kirkland, WA, and a filing clerk with Cascade Guardianship Services in Everett, WA. Eddie notes that these roles allow them to "engage in geographical concepts and notions of gender as they work on different immigration and… Read more
Like so many future geographers, UW geography alum Sue Colburn Nevler fondly recalls spinning a globe as a child, though she was looking for her father's ports of call from his work with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution global research fleet. As a sea captain, Sue's dad brought her along to help at the Bermuda Biological Station and on the flight over she read about the UW Department of Geography. "In Bermuda, it was a thrill to sail out into the Sargasso Sea, marveling at the mass of… Read more
Professor Emeritus Richard L. Morrill passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024. He had been ill for several years and passed away with his wife and best friend at his bedside. Dick was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1935. He received his B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College in 1955. He moved to the University of Washington in Seattle that year to pursue a Master’s degree under Edward Ullman. Ullman was about to undertake fieldwork in Italy, however, so he moved to work with William… Read more
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Geography Professor and CSDE Affiliate Dr. Kam Wing Chan and Ph.D. Alum Dr. Xiaxia Yang (postdoc at King’s College, London) have recently published a commentary in Caixin Weekly, a major economics weekly in China. The title of their commentary is "The Secret of Chinese… Read more
The UW College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce three Graduate Medalists for 2023. The Graduate Medal honors exceptional graduate students who completed their doctoral degrees this year, with medalists selected on the basis of nomination letters from faculty... Isaac Javier Rivera Graduate Medalist in the Social Sciences PhD, Geography Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Isaac Rivera says his dissertation is the product of years of collective dreaming and collective organizing in… Read more
Thank you very much to David Prytherch, Professor of Geography at Miami University, for contributing this article. With heavy hearts we mourn our dear friend and colleague Stanley Toops, who passed away yesterday of a failing heart. We're proud Stan called Miami home for 32 years, but he was a man of the world -- a quintessential geographer -- whose curiosity knew no bounds. He visited so many places and touched so many people through his teaching, research, mentorship, and friendship… Read more
Patti Shah Karam wasn’t in a healthy head space. It was the day before Thanksgiving and big holidays are hard for her, as she’s mostly estranged from her family. But [UW Geography B.A. Alum] Thai Nguyen, a 31-year-old peer mental health counselor who was at Shah Karam’s Shoreline apartment for their weekly meeting, helped pull her out of bed and out of a funk… Read more
Thank you very much to UW Geography Ph.D. Alum Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Emeritus Director, Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at University of Illinois, for contributing this article. John Parr, a member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) since the mid 1960s, passed away at his home in London in early January 2023. John was born in the U.K. and graduated from University College, London, with a degree in economics in 1962. In 1967, he completed his Ph.D. in… Read more
The high-profile reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 is generally considered a conservation success: Gray wolf packs inside and outside the park gradually established new populations. In Washington, wolves were largely absent for decades until a pack was identified in the northeastern part of the state in 2008. But wolf recovery also has been controversial. Over time,… Read more