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AAG Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)
JENNIFER M. COLLINS. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Planning, University of South Florida. Ph.D. Climate Physics, University College London, UK. B.S. Physical Geography with a Minor in Environmental Science, Lancaster University, UK (Study abroad year at the University of Colorado, Boulder).
Service to AAG and Other Professional Service: AAG: Director of the Climate Specialty Group(2010present, elected); Member of the AAG World Geography Bowl Committee, Bowl Judge, Moderator, Question Author, Team Coach (20032009); Workshop Organizer for International Faculty (2007); Judge, Climate Specialty Group Student Paper Competition (2010); Invited Panelist on Working at the intersection of Geography and Atmospheric Science and Invited Panelist on Improving AAG Regional Division Conference Attendance (2012). Newsletter contributor including Op-Ed piece “England, Great Britain, United Kingdom - What’s the Difference?” Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG): Chair of the SEDAAG Education Committee (2009–2010, instituted the Undergraduate Poster Competition); Member of the SEDAAG Education Committee 2006–2008; Chair of SEDAAG sessions; Discussant of SEDAAG papers; World Geography Bowl Committee, Bowl Judge, Moderator, Question Author, Team Coach (20052009). Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers (MSDAAG) World Geography Bowl Moderator and Question Author (2004). The New England–St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL) World Geography Bowl Score Keeper and Question Author (2002–2004). President of the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society WCFLAMS (2010–present, elected), Vice President WCFLAMS (2009–2010, elected), Corresponding Secretary WCFLAMS (2007–2009, elected). American Meteorological Society Membership Subcommittee, 2011–present. National Weather Association (NWA) Specialized Operations Committee on Tropical Cyclones (2009–present).
Honors and Awards: The Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) Excellence in Teaching Award (2010); University of South Florida’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (20072008); University of South Florida’s Outstanding Student Organization Advisor (20072008); Selected Participant for the Advanced Study Program of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Colloquium: "Hurricanes at Landfall" (1998).
Professional Experience: Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Planning, University of South Florida (2005present; Graduate Director, 2010present); Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Geoscience, Bloomsburg University (20032005); Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Plymouth State University (20002003).
Research and Teaching Interests: I have teaching and research interests in hurricanes, climate change and other severe weather. My primary teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate courses and seminars in Meteorology, Climatology, Physical Geography and Earth System Science.
Publications and Grants: I have published in both Geographical and Meteorological venues including Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Climate, National Weather Digest, Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Papers of the Applied Geography Conference. I am PI on three University of Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) COMET grants, a UCAR UNIDATA grant, a State University System of Florida grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) PAIG Program grant, and I am a recipient of an Association of American Geographers Enrichment Award to bring in a speaker for an International Faculty Workshop. I have also received some internal awards including a Conference Coordination Grant, an Interdisciplinary Research Development Grant and an Innovative Teaching Opportunities Grant.
LESLIE DURAM. Professor and Chair, Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Adjunct Professor, Geography, National University of Ireland, Galway. Adjunct Graduate Faculty, University of Guelph, Canada. PhD (University of Colorado 1994), MA (Kansas State University, 1991), BA (Wichita State University, 1988).
Service to Geography: AAG International Research and Scholarly Exchange Committee, member 2010-present. Illinois Organic Growers Association, Steering Committee Member, 2010-present. AAG National Councilor, 2008-2011. Encyclopedia of the Earth, Geography Topic Editor 2010-present. AAG Advisory Committee for ALIGNED: Addressing Locally-tailored Information Infrastructure & Geoscience Needs for Enhancing Diversity, NSF funded. Editorial Board Member: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2010- present. AAG Publications Committee, 2004-2007; Editorial Board Member Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy, 2007- present; Director AAG Rural Geography Specialty Group,  2002-2003; AAG Committee on National Membership, 2002-2003; Chair AAG Contemporary Agriculture and Rural Land Use (CARLU) Specialty Group, 2000-2002; Regional Representative AAG CARLU Specialty Group, 1998-2000; Director AAG CARLU Specialty Group, 1995-98; International Geographical Union Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, 2002-2007; Co-Organizer of the International Conference on Rural Geography with AAG, Institute of British Geographers, and Canadian Association of Geographers, 2003; Geography Action Week In-School Geographer, 2003-2007; SIUC Teachers’ Academy for Life-Long Learning Panel Discussant on Diversity, 2005;  Judge Annual Illinois Regional Jr. Science Fair, 2004-2008; Gamma Theta Upsilon-Lambda Chapter Faculty Sponsor, 2004-present; President of local Farm-to-School Program, 2006-2008.
Honors and Awards: Governor Appointee to Illinois Rural Affairs Council, 2011-present; Fulbright Scholar Fellowship to National University of Ireland - Galway, 2009-2010. Invited Keynote Speaker: Università di Scienze Gastronomiche, Pollenzo, Italy, 2010. Delegate to European Fulbright Commission Meeting, Berlin 2010; AAG Hart Award for Research in Rural Geography, 2008; National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished University Teaching Achievement Award, 2006; Governor Appointee to the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force 2007; Illinois Organic Production Conference Invited Keynote Address, 2006; Midwest Organic Farming Conference Invited Keynote Address, 2006; USDA National Workshop on the Adoption of Organic Agriculture Invited Presentation, 2005; Invited Panelist Organic Consumers’ Association National Round-Table, 2001.
Teaching and Research: Research specialization in Local Food and Organic Farming; Sustainable Land Use; Grassroots Environmental Action; Assessing Environmental Sustainability. Teaching expertise in Geography of Local Food and Organic Farming, Environmental Sustainability, Conservation, and Environmental Policy. Student Internship Coordinator with Environmental Agencies and NGOs. Advised hundreds of undergraduates, 45 graduate students.
Publications and Grants: More than 50 publications including 26 journal articles, 9 book chapters/sections, and three books: Good Growing: Why Organic Farming Works (University of Nebraska Press, 2005); Encyclopedia of Organic, Local and Sustainable Food (Editor. Greenwood Press/Praeger, 2010); and America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States (Co-Editor. ABC-CLIO, 2012); and 59 professional conference activities (paper presentations, posters, session organizing and chairing). Interdisciplinary funded research (USDA, NSF, AAG, Fulbright, regional/local sources).
SUCHARITA GOPAL. Professor, Department of Geography and Environment. Research Professor at the Centers for Remote Sensing, Center for Environment and Energy Systems, Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS) Tech lab, BU’s Marine Program (BUMP) and the Pardee Center of the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. PhD, (UC Santa Barbara, 1989) and M.Sc. and M.Phil (University of Madras, India, 1977, 1979).
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor, (1989-1995), Associate Professor, (1995-2001), and Professor Boston University (2001-). Visiting Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria (1991-1993). Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Center for Geographic Information Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (1988-1989). Research Associate, Transportation Research Unit, University of Ume"a, Ume"a, Sweden (1987-1988). Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (1983-1987).
Research and teaching interests: Geospatial technologies,  Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, spatial accuracy, multi-scale spatial modeling, fuzzy systems, open GIS, marine decision support system, data mining and neural networks.
Service to Geography: Consulting Editors, Geographical Analysis (2006-); Editorial Board, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (2007-); Panelist and reviewer for several NSF programs, EPA STAR fellowships, SBIR, NASA and other agencies. Review for IEEE Neural Networks, Remote Sensing of the Environment, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Other Service: Organized special sessions at Spatial Analysis and Modeling, AAG (2008).
Honors, Awards, Grants: PI or co-PI on 30 research grants from federal agencies including NSF, Conservation International, Rockefeller Foundation, Massachusetts Ocean Partnership, and EPA. Currently PI on a NSF GK-12 grant GLACIER - Global Change Initiative: Education and Research doing outreach to middle schools in Boston area about global change.
Selected Publications: Asnakew K Yeshiwondim, Sucharita Gopal, Afework T. Hailemariam, Dereje O. Dengela and Hrishikesh P. Patel (22009), “Spatial analysis of malaria incidence at the village level in areas with unstable transmission in Ethiopia” International Journal of Health Geographics, 8:5 (26 Jan 2009) Gopal, S. and Fischer, M. “Fuzzy ARTMAP - A Neural Classifier for Multispectral Image Classification” in Manfred M. Fischer and Yee Leung (eds), Geocomputational Modelling : Techniques and Applications (Advances in Spatial Science), pp. 165-194. Springer Verlag: Heidelberg, 2001, Kolaczyk, E.D., Ju, J., and Gopal, S. (2005) “Multiscale, multigranular statistical image segmentation” Journal of the American Statistical Association, 100, 1358-1369. Patel, H., Gopal, S., Kaufman, K., et al. (2011) “MIDAS: A Spatial Decision Support System for Monitoring Marine Management Areas” International Regional Science Review, April 2011 34: 191-214.
JANELLE KNOX-HAYES. Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology. PhD (University of Oxford, 2009), M.Sc. Hons (University of Oxford, 2006), B.A. Hons (University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004).
Professional Service: At large board member of the Economic Geography Specialty Group (2010-2012). Southeast Regional Representative of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Association (2011-2013). Journal Referee Applied Geography, Competition and Change, Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Geoforum, Global Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Change, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Economic Geography, and Organization Studies. Grant referee for NSF and ESRC.
Honors, Awards, Grants: Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for research in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore (2012-2013); Research Grants from the National Science Foundation and the Georgia Department of Transportation; Truman National Security Fellow (2009); Georgia Tech ‘Class of 1969’ Teaching Scholar (2010); Jack Kent Cooke Scholar (2005-2009); Boettcher Scholar (2000-2004).
Research and Teaching Interests: Environmental finance, environmental governance, emissions markets, sustainability, institutional theory, political economy and globalization.
Publications: Author or co-author of several recent research articles published in journals including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Journal of Economic Geography, Transaction of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Strategic Organization, Competition and Change and PensionsCo-Author (with Gordon Clark and Kendra Strauss) of Saving for Retirement: Intention, Context and Behavior Oxford University Press (2011).
ROBERT W. LAKE. Professor, Graduate Director, and Director of the Doctoral Program, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University; Center for Urban Policy Research, Acting Director (1997-1998) and Associate Director (1998-2000); PhD in Geography, University of Chicago (1981), MA in Geography, University of Chicago (1972), BA in Geography, Antioch College (1968).
Research and Teaching Interests: My primary research interests focus on the urban and political geography of deindustrialized cities. Previous research examined the dynamics of suburban housing discrimination, urban environmental policy and politics, and locational conflict. Current work explores the politics of participatory community-based planning for urban revitalization, the methodological implications of poststructuralist theory, and modes of knowledge production in the social sciences. My teaching centers on graduate-level courses in social theory and the history and theory of planning, and I have chaired or served as a member on 85 doctoral committees in geography and urban planning.
Service to the AAG: AAG 2012 NYC Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee; Co-Organizer and Co-Chair, Urban Geography Plenary Lecture, AAG Annual Meetings (2006-    ); AAG Geographers Network on Politics in America, Steering Committee (1995-2000); Editorial Board member, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (1996-2000); Urban Geography Specialty Group Chair (1984-1986), UGSG Board of Directors (1980-1981, 1983-1985), UGSG Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair (1983-1984), UGSG Long-Range Planning Committee Chair (1985-1986), UGSG Nominating Committee (1986-1987), UGSG Policy Review Committee Chair (1986-1988); Political Geography Specialty Group, Board of Directors (1988-1990).
Other Professional Service: Co-Editor of Urban Geography (1984-2007); Director, Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) Press (1989-2011); Associate Editor, Journal of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (1977-1980); Co-Director, Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center (1998-2005); NSF Geography and Regional Science proposal review panel (2002-2005); Urban Affairs Association, Publications Committee (2004-    ); member of the Graduate School Executive Council (2004-    ), University Senate (2003-2005), and University Faculty Council (2004-2007).
Honors, Awards and Grants: Research grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of State, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Information Agency, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, National Institutes of Mental Health, Council for European Studies, Ford Foundation, and numerous state and local sources.
Publications: Author or editor of five books and author of more than fifty articles, book chapters, and commentaries in Progress in Human Geography, Urban Geography, Political Geography, Professional Geographer, Antipode, GeoJournal, Geographical Review, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, Environment and Planning-A, Policy Studies Journal, and elsewhere.
FAUSTO O. SARMIENTO.   Associate Professor of Geography, University of Georgia. PhD (University of Georgia, 1996), MS (The Ohio State University 1991), BS (Catholic University of Ecuador 1988).
Research and Teaching Interests: Human-environment interactions informed by evidences of landscape transformation and dynamics of land cover/land use change, with paleoecological insights, historical documentation, empirical field research and modeling for alternative scenarios. His disciplinary field is tropical mountain ecology, at the forest transition and other active boundaries, such as the Andean treeline. By studying the role of human impacts in shaping the tropical highlands he is reconstructing ecological theory applicable to Andean farmscapes in the midst of global environmental change and develops new narratives of political ecology as tropical environments are constructed, represented, claimed and contested. His most recent funded research projects include a UGA Research Foundation field grant to study the fringes of Páramo in Costa Rica and Argentina and a multi-year grant from the Exposition Foundation to critically study farmscape transformation in Costa Rica by amenity migration to tropical mountains.
Service to AAG and the discipline: Chair (2002) and Board member of the Mountain Geography Specialty Group; member of the biogeography and Latin America specialty groups; Steering Committee member of the IGU-Commission on Mountain Responses to Global Change (2004-2011); Science Advisory Board member to the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) (2006-2011); Deputy Vice-chair for mountains connectivity conservation, World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN); regional editor for Latin America for the Journal Mountain Research and Development (2002-2010); editorial board member for Pirineos, the Journal of Mountain Ecology (2007-2011); President of the Andean Mountains Association (1998-2001). CEPEIGE, Pan American Center for Geographical Education and Research, advisory board (1999-2002).
Honors: Visiting scientist to the Institute of Mountain Research: Man and the Environment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2011); Fulbright Scholar Ambassador (2009-2011); Wilson Center Senior Researcb Fellow (2010); UGA Senior Teaching Fellow (2010-2011) and Member of the Teaching Academy (2011). UGA-SGA Faculty of the Year (2007). Fulbright International Education/Research Fellowhsip to Japan (2004); Phi Beta Delta Faculty of the Year (1999). Award from CEPEIGE (1998).
Publications: Special Issue editor for Mountain Research and Development, Pirineos, The George Wright Forum, Revista Geográfica and the Journal of Sustainability Education. His 1987 book showed how Ecuadorian ecosystems have been affected from the jungle to the sea, an anthological fashion of historical ecology of Ecuador. In 2003, his “Mountains of the World: A Global Priority with Latin American Perspectives” added mountain literature in Spanish for Latin America. His most recent publications include a chapter on the Sacred Landscape of Imbakucha, Ecuador, as part of Volume 2 in the book on Protected Landscapes of IUCN, an article in the Geographical Review about avian indicators of landscape change, an article in Mountain Research and Development on Montology, an article in the Journal of Human Ecology on the Sacred Landscape of the Otavalo, and a guest edited volume (163) of PIRINEOS, the Journal of Mountain Ecology on the theme of Farmscape Transformation and Global Change in the Andes. His current manuscript “Contesting Páramo: language hegemony and politics of translation” offers a discourse analysis of critical biogeography of the northern Andes.