AG Honors Committee B
(two to be elected)
STEPHEN F. CUNHA. Chair and Professor of Geography, Humboldt State University. PhD (University of California, Davis, 1994), M.A. (University of California, Davis 1985), BS / BA (University of California, Berkeley, 1977).
Research and Teaching Interests: Environmental and mountain geography, parks and protected areas, biodiversity analysis, international/geography education, Central Asia, Alaska, Sierra Nevada.
Service to Geography: AAG Committee on Higher Education (2011- pr.); APCG Trussell Scholarship Committee (2007-pr.); CA Geographic Alliance Director (2000-11); NCGE Meeting Co-Chair (2006); APCG Meeting Chair (2000); 5th International High Mountain Cartography Symposium, Coordinator (1998); California Geographical Society, President (1997-99); AAG Geography Education Specialty Group, Board (1995-97); National & Alaska EMT Registry (1985-90); Mono Lake Committee, Founding Southern CA Coordinator (1978-81).
Other Service: Abu Dhabi University, Stamford College (Malaysia and Singapore), Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Ecuador); K-12 CA Education & Environment Initiative, Ethnic Law and Minority Centre (UK), Tajik Asylum Project; O’Melveny & Myers LLP (Myanmar); Tajik Socio-Ecological Union for Nature; Focus Humanitarian, Tajikistan; PBS Five Corners of California; IUCN Commission on Parks & Protected Areas; USAID Environmental Plan for Central Asia; World Bank Environmental Status, Tajikistan; IUCN Glacier Bay Biosphere Reserve Task Force; IUCN Guidelines for Mountain Protected Areas; Malaysian-American Cooperative Education Pacific Rim Task Force.
Honors and Awards: Semi-Finalist, Robert Cherry Award for Great Teaching, Baylor University (2011); Humboldt State University Medal (2009); California State University System Outstanding Professor (2007); CA Council for Social Studies Taba Award for Enduring Contributions to Social Science Education (2002); NCGE Distinguished Teaching Award (2001); Educator of the Year, CA Geographical Society (1993); Outstanding Faculty Award, Cosumnes River College (1991); Incentive Award, National Park Service (1985).
Publications: Over 70 publications, including chapters (UC Press, Oxford, Kluwer, Elsevier Science), journals, children’s books, atlases, K-12 textbooks, NPS Technical Reports, encyclopedias, proceedings; 29 grants: NPS, Broad Foundation, Packard Foundation, Goldman Fund, Bechtel Foundation, UC Office of the President, CA/US Department of Education.
RAJRANI KALRA. Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, California State University, San Bernardino. PhD (Kent State University, Ohio, 2007), M.A. (University of Akron, Ohio, 2003), M.Phil and M.A.(Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 1999 and 1995), B.Ed (Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, 1998) and B.A. (Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 1993).
Research and Teaching Interests: Urban Geography; Land Use, City Structure, Urban Slums, Housing; Economic Geography; High Technology and Regional Development; Developing Economies; Regional Aspects of Globalization; Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and South Asia.
Services to AAG and Geography: Chair, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (2009-10); Vice-Chair, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (2008-09); Member at Large, Regional Development Planning and Specialty Group (2007-08); Student Director, Developing Countries, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (2005-06); Team Captain, World Geography Bowl, East Lakes Association of American Geographers (ELAAG) (2004 and 2005); Orienting New Teaching Assistant Program (ONTAP) Leader, Kent State University, Ohio (2004 and 2005); Secretary of Phi Beta Delta-Gamma Lambda chapter at California State University, San Bernardino (2011-13); Faculty sponsor of Gamma Theta Upsilon Lambda Chi Chapter of California State University, San Bernardino (2010-) and Faculty advisor to Student Association of Geography and Environmental Studies, California State University, San Bernardino(2010-).
Honors, Awards, and Grants: Received the Service Award from the Regional Development and Planning Specialty group, Association of American Geographers, Seattle (2011); Professional Development Grant for Probationary Faculty, California State University, San Bernardino (2010); Professors Across Border Award, California State University, San Bernardino (2010); Faculty Development Grant, University of Central Arkansas (2008); Space Developmental Award by Center for Spatially Integrated Social Sciences,(CSISS) (2008); Awarded through merit and competition to attend a workshop on Spatial Analysis in the Social Science Curriculum: Enhancing Undergraduate Learning at the University of California, Santa Barbara and The Ohio State University, Columbus (2007 and 2005); Awarded A.K. Chakravarty-- Best Student Paper award by the Asian Specialty Group and Regional Development and Planning Group, AAG (2004); and Awarded the Best Student Paper by the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, AAG (2002).
Publications: High-Technology and Socio-Economic Transformation in Bengaluru (India): A Geographical Analysis in Asian Profile (forthcoming); Book Chapters in scholarly books on – Linguistic Diversity of India: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis (2012) in Facets of Social Geography- International and Indian Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming); Language Dissemination in India: 1971-1991 (2007) in City, Society and Planning, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi; High-Technology and Urban development in Bangalore, India (2006) in Enterprising Worlds: A Geographic Perspective on Economics, Environment and Ethics, Springer, Netherlands; Rural-Urban Transformation in National Capital Territory of Delhi (2004) in Urban and Regional Development in India, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi.
JOHN KUPFER. Professor, Department of Geography, and Senior Associate Faculty, Environment and Sustainability Program, University of South Carolina. PhD and M.A. (University of Iowa, 1995, 1991); B.A. (Valparaiso University, 1988).
Research and Teaching Interests: Biogeography, landscape ecology, spatial analysis, ecological modeling, forest conservation, public lands management and preservation.
Service to AAG: AAG Publications Committee (2007-2010); Chair, Biogeography Specialty Group (2003-2005); Executive Board, Biogeography Specialty Group (1998-2000); SED/AAG Annual Meeting Program Committee (2007, 2009-2010); SED/AAG Steering Committee and State Representative (1998-1999).
Other Professional Service: Associate Editor for Physical Geography, Geography Compass (2011-present); Coordinating Editor, Landscape Ecology (2011-present); Associate Editor, Plant Ecology (2010-present); Section Co-Editor, Atmosphere and Biosphere, Geography Compass (2010-present); Senior Advisory Panel, Geography and Spatial Sciences Program, National Science Foundation (2007-2009); Landscape Pattern Workgroup, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment (2003-2008); Advisory Board, University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (2003-2005).
Honors and Awards: SED/AAG Research Honors Award (2011); Henry Cowles Award for Excellence in Publication, Biogeography Specialty Group (2007); Fellow, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona (2004); Summer Research Fellow, Edward. J. Meeman Biological Field Station (2004); University of Arizona Provost’s General Education Teaching Award (2003); University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award (1998); University of Memphis Early Career Research Award (1997). PI or Co-PI on grants totaling more than $1.0 million from sources including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Valley Authority, International Arid Lands Consortium, and National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry.
Publications: Author of more than 50 articles and book chapters in outlets such as Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Progress in Physical Geography, Journal of Biogeography, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Ecosystems, Landscape Ecology, Oikos, Journal of Vegetation Science, Remote Sensing of Environment, Global Environmental Change – Human and Policy Dimensions, Wetlands and Physical Geography.
DIANA M. LIVERMAN. Regents Professor of Geography and Development, Co-Director, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson. PhD in Geography (UCLA, 1984), M.A. Geography (Toronto 1979), B.A. Geography University College London (1976).
Research and Teaching Interests: human and social dimensions of environmental issues including vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, environmental change and food security, climate policy and governance, climate and the arts, environment and development, Latin America.
Service to AAG: Task Force on Membership (2000-01), Global Change Committee (1994-97), Annals Editorial Board (2005-07), Committee on Physical Geography (1993-95), Lifetime member of AAG attending every annual conference since 1977.
Other Professional Service: Co-chair of the ICSU Transition Team for Earth System Sustainability (2011-), Federal Advisory Committee for the US National Climate Assessment (2010-), Member, Scientific Advisory Committee for the Earth Systems Governance project of the IHDP (2009-), Co Chair, Panel on Informing Effective Decisions and Actions. Committee on America’s Climate Choices, US National Academy of Sciences (2008-2011), Chair of the International Science Advisory Committee for the Global Environmental Change and Food Security Programme (GECAFS) of the ESSP/IGBP/WCRP/IHDP (2006-2011); Chair, NRC Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Committee (1995-99), National Research Council, Committee to review the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan (2003-04), Latin American Studies Association, President of the Latin America Medio Ambiente section (2003-04), Scientific Advisory Committee, InterAmerican Institute for Global Change Research (1995-2004); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Global Change Advisory Panel (1993-2000).
Honors and Awards: Regents Professorship, University of Arizona, 2011; Distinguished Scholarship Honors, Association of American Geographers 2011; Founders Medal, Royal Geographical Society 2010; Honorary Professor, University of Copenhagen, 2009; Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007; Non-Stipendiary Fellow of Linacre College Oxford 2009, Wilson Teaching Award, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University 1993; Cray Research Fellow, Earth Systems Science Center, Penn State University 1995-1998; Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development 1991; SSRC-MacArthur fellowship 1988. Grants have included NSF, NERC, ESRC, DEFRA, NOAA, NASA, Title VI, CEC, EPA, Hewlett, Mott, Tinker and Ford Foundations.
Publications: Over 100 articles and book chapters in journals including Nature, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Global Environmental Change, Climatic Change, Economic Geography, Journal of Historical Geography, International Environmental Agreements, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Environment, Environmental Science and Policy, Ambio. Books: co-edited books include Global Environmental Change and Food Security (2010), A Companion to Environmental Geography (2009), Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions (2011). NRC reports on Informing America’s Climate Choices (2010) and People and Pixels (1998). Co-author World Regions in Global Context textbook.