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Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)

Jay T. Johnson

JAY T. JOHNSON. Associate Professor of Geography and Indigenous Studies, and Director of the Indigenous Geographies Research Center, University of Kansas. Ph.D. in Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2003; M.S.W. in Medical Social Work, 1991; and B.A. in History, University of Kansas, 1987.

Service to Geography: Chair 2004-2008, Secretary 2010-2012, and Board Member 2002-2004 of the Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group of the AAG. Inaugural Chair 2006-2010 and Steering Committee Member 2010-present, of the Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights Commission of the IGU. Organizer of a joint meeting between the Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights Commission, Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group (AAG), and the Indigenous Peoples’ Working Group (CAG), Plymouth, Massachusetts 2008.

Other Professional Service: Co-Director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute summer internship program aimed at preparing American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students for graduate study in STEM disciplines, 2012-2014. Judging panel for student poster competition, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, 2011-2013. Mentor, Māori and Indigenous Graduate Student National (NZ) Programme, Te Tapuae o Rehua, 2004-2005. Editorial board, Journal of Historical Geography, 2006-2010; Human Geography Journal, 2009-present.

Honors, Awards and Grants: AAG Enhancing Diversity Award, 2014; Certificate of Recognition to Students, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007; H. J. Wiens Memorial Award, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2004. PI on three NSF Grants, 2011-present. American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowship with Soren C. Larsen, 2014-2015.

Research and Teaching Interests: Indigenous geographies; politics of place; environmental activism; Indigenous peoples’ research leadership; utilizing traditional ecological knowledge to sustain resilient landscapes.

Recent Publications: I have published in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary outlets including; Progress in Human Geography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Journal of Cultural Geography, GeoJournal, Geographical Research, ACME, Alternatives, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. I have co-edited three journal special editions and have one in progress for Sustainability Science. I also co-edited the book, A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Collaboration in Indigenous Research, in 2013 with Soren C. Larsen. Currently, Soren and I are co-authoring a book entitled, Being-together-in-place: Co-existence in a more-than-human world.  


Karen Johnson-Webb

KAREN D. JOHNSON-WEBB. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, and Affiliated Faculty, American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University. Ph.D. in Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000); M.A. (1994) & B.A. (1989) in Geography, Michigan State University.

Service to Geography:  Faculty Advisor, member, Upsilon Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) (2006-present). Faculty Advisor, Geography Club at BGSU (2008-2011). Chair, Advisory Committee, Regional Geographic and Information Service (ReGIS), BGSU (2001-2002); member, Advisory Committee, ReGIS (2000-2002). Judge, Graduate Student Paper Competition, Applied Geography Conference (2005). Judge, Student Paper Competition, East Lakes Division of the AAG Meetings (2000; 2005; 2011; 2013; 2014). Reviewer, African Geographical Review (2011); Geographical Review (2005); Industrial Geographer (2005); Professional Geographer (2001); Proceedings, New England - St. Lawrence Valley Division of the AAG (1999). Co-organizer, Quarterly ESRI Northwest Ohio User Group Meetings, BGSU (2003). Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation, Geography & Regional Science Program (2002).  Panel Organizer/Chair for many AAG paper sessions. Member (past) AAG Specialty Groups: Economic Geography, Population Geography, Historical Geography, Rural Geography; (present) Medical Geography. Member, Enhancing Diversity Committee of the AAG (2009-2013). Chair, East Lakes Division of the AAG (2012-present).

Other Professional Service: Member of numerous department and university committees at BGSU. Grant Reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2007; 2008; 2009). Reviewer, Health Services Research (1996); Social Science & Medicine (1996). Member, Advisory Board, Annual Editions: Urban Society (1997-2011). Member, Board of Trustees, Lake Erie West Regional Organization (2004-2006). Member of eight dissertation committees, BGSU.

Professional Experience: Fellow, Weiss Urban Livability Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995-1996). Instructor, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996-1999). Graduate Assistant, Cecil B. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (1996-1999). Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Center for Regional Development, BGSU (2000-2006). Associate Professor, Department of Geography (2006 – present). Evaluator, Rural Opportunities/PathStone, Inc. (2003-2012).

Honors, Awards and Grants: Nominee, Master Teacher, BGSU (2014). National Volunteer of the Year, Rural Opportunities, Inc. Board of Directors (2003). Authors and Artists Award, Friends of the University Libraries, BGSU (2003). Co-PI on Federal Administration Research Grant, CSREES USDA; Economic Development Agency Grant, U.S. Department of Commerce; Put-In-Bay Property Owners Association Grant.

Research and Teaching Interests: Medical Geography, Population Geography. My current research interests focus on racism as it impacts infant mortality in Ohio. My teaching interests are in Human Geography. I teach a variety of courses ranging from World Regional, to Global Economy, Population, Medical, Urban, Cultural, Latin America, and a new course called Global Pestilence and Plagues.

Publications and Presentations: Population Geography: Problems, Concepts, and Prospects, 10th ed.with Gary L. Peters, Robert P. Larkin and Kefa M. Otiso.  I have published research in the Professional Geographer, The Southeastern Geographer, The Ohio Journal of Science, and Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines. I have made more than 20 conference presentations at international, national, state, regional conferences since 2007. 


Maria Lane

MARIA LANE. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico. Ph.D. in Geography, University of Texas at Austin (2006); M.S. in Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin (2000); B.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Virginia (1995).

Service to Geography: Co-Editor (2011-present) and Editorial Board Member (2009-2011), Historical Geography; Co-Organizer, Joint Conference of the Southwest and Great Plains / Rocky Mountains Divisions of the Association of American Geographers (2014); Editorial Board of Southwestern Geographer (2014-present); Geography Graduate Program Director, University of New Mexico (2012-2014); Board of Directors (2009-2012) and Student Representative (2003-2006) of the Historical Geography Specialty Group; regular reviewer for multiple journals and academic presses including University of Chicago Press and Oxford University Press; organizer of multiple sessions for the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

Professional Experience: Associate Professor (2013-present),  Assistant Professor (2007-2013), and Adjunct Assistant Professor (2006-2007), Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico; Assistant Instructor (2005-2006) and Graduate Teaching Assistant (2001-2006), Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin; Research Assistant, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (2000); Graduate Research Assistant, Community and Regional Planning Program, University of Texas at Austin (1998-2001); Research Assistant, National Parks Service (1998-1999); Project Assistant, Department of Regional Development and Environment, Organization of American States (1995).

Honors and Awards: Outstanding New Teacher of the Year Award, University of New Mexico (2010); Price/Webster Prize, for best Isis article, History of Science Society (2006); Graduate Leadership Award, Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin (2005); Clark Award for best student paper, AAG Historical Geography Specialty Group (2004); Chair’s Teaching Award, Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin (2003); A.D. Hutchison Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (2000-2001); Livingston Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (1999-2000); Pre-emptive Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (1998-1999); Echols Scholar, University of Virginia (1991-1995).

Research and Teaching Interests: Historical geographies of environmental knowledge, natural resource policy, and resource management philosophies, with a primary focus on the links between natural resource science and colonial geopolitics. Teaching responsibilities include courses in regional geography and research design.

Publications and Grants: Author of Geographies of Mars: Seeing and Knowing the Red Planet (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and Fluid Geographies: Settling New Mexico during the Reclamation Era (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming), as well as a variety of articles, book chapters, and book reviews. External grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the Mellon Foundation. Internal grants for both research and and travel from the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin. 


Marilyn Raphael

MARILYN N. RAPHAEL. Professor of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., MA (The Ohio State University); BA Hons. (McMaster University)

Service to Geography: Chair, UCLA Department of Geography (2010-1013); AAG National Councillor (2010-2013); AAG Executive Treasurer (2012-2013); AAG Long Range Development Plan Committee (2013 – continuing); Panel Member for National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences (2009 -2011); Editorial Board member for Professional Geographer and Physical Geography; Geography Representative on the AAAS Section Committee on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences (2014 – continuing), Board Member of the AAG Climate Specialty Group (1990-1992); Board Member of the AAG Affirmative Action Committee (1994-1997); Program Reviewer for several Geography Departments.

Professional Experience: Member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Government Performance and Results Act (2005-2006); Member of the NSF Advisory Committee of the Office of Polar Programs (2004-2008); Member of NSF’s Geography and Spatial Sciences Senior Panel; Associate Editor of Geography Compass; Member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations (2009-2010); Visiting Scientist, Australian Centres of Excellence-Climate Research Centre (ACE-CRC; 2014); Visiting Scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research (1994-continuing); Organizer and Sponsor of numerous scientific Workshops; Session convener at numerous scientific conferences.

Honors, Awards and Grants: The Marie Tharpe Fellowship at The Earth Institute at Columbia University (2005); The James LuValle Award for Distinguished Service as Faculty (2009); Research funding from a number of institutions including the National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Research Interests: My research concerns global climate variability and change with a focus on understanding the relationships between the Southern Hemisphere large scale atmospheric circulation and Antarctic sea ice variability. Climate modeling and the analysis of large observational databases are important components of this research. I am also interested in the Santa Winds of California. My research articles have been published in a variety of scientific journals including Physical Geography, The Professional Geographer, Geographical Analysis, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical research Letters, Climate Dynamics, and Earth Interactions.

Teaching Interests: I teach classes in Physical Geography, Tropical Climatology, Boundary Layer Climatology and Environmental Impact Analysis.


Murray Rice

MURRAY D. RICE. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of North Texas. Ph.D., M.A., and B.Sc. (University of Saskatchewan, 1995, 1990, 1988).

Service to the AAG: Chair (2014-present), Vice-Chair (2012-2014), and Secretary-Treasurer (2010-2012), Business Geography Specialty Group of the AAG. Past Chair (2014-present), Chair (2012-2014), Secretary (2011-2012), and Treasurer (2010-2011), Southwest Division of the AAG. Member, Membership Committee, AAG (2012-present).

Other Professional Service: Master of Science in Geography Program Advisor, Department of Geography, University of North Texas (2011-present). Board Member, Applied Geography Conference (2010-present). Co-Editor, The Industrial Geographer (2008-2014). International Editorial Board Member, Geography Research Forum (2008-present). Editorial Board Member, The Southwestern Geographer (2014-present). Chair, Canada-US Corporate Geography Conference Organizing Committee (2006-2007). Reviewer for The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, The Canadian Geographer, Applied Geography, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Journal of Transport Geography, Geoforum, Geographical Review, Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, FOCUS on Geography, and other journals. Chair and/or member of numerous committees, including the graduate, curriculum, personnel assessment, and faculty search committees in my home department.

Honors, Awards and Grants: P.I. of a Kauffman Foundation research grant (2014); P.I. of three Foreign Affairs Canada Research Grants (2006, 2008, 2010); P.I. of an Alteryx LLC software grant (2010); University of North Texas Excellence in Advising Award (2014).

Research and Teaching Interests: Research specialization in Urban/Economic Geography, with a focus on issues related to corporate headquarters location and development, fast-growing business evolution, corporate information and infrastructure networks, retail geography, and the relationship between business development and urban change. Teaching experience covering a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from introductory world regional and human geography to advanced undergraduate and graduate urban geography, economic geography, retail geography, transportation geography, research design, and multivariate and spatial statistics.

Recent Publications: On the geography of fast-growing firm development in Urban Geography (2014); the geography of corporate board membership and business performance in Geographical Research (2013), Geoforum (2012), and The Professional Geographer (2012); retail change and light rail development in Papers in Applied Geography (2013); geographies of decision-making and control in Geography Compass (2010); location of the headquarters of subsidiary firms in Urban Geography (2009, 2010); recyclable material flows in The Geographical Journal (2009).


Bradley Rundquist

BRADLEY C. RUNDQUIST. Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, University of North Dakota. Ph.D. in Geography, Kansas State University (2000); M.A. in Geography, Kansas State University (1995); B.J. in News-Editorial with minors in Geography, Biology, and Latin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln (1991).

Service to the AAG: Regional Councillor, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division (2011-2014); Regional Councillors’ Chairperson (2012-2014); Membership Committee (2012-2014), Director of Remote Sensing Specialty Group (2009-2011); Chair of Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division and Regional Meeting Organizer (2007-2008); Student Director of Remote Sensing Specialty Group (1994-1995 and 1997-1998); multiple times as judge of student presentations at national and regional AAG conferences.

Other Professional Service: Managing Editor of Geocarto International, a Taylor and Francis remote sensing and GIS journal published in eight issues per volume (since 2008); Vice President, President, and Past President of the St. Louis Region of ASPRS (2011-2014); PI for North Dakota View, a part of the AmericaView consortium (since 2004), multiple grant proposal reviews for a variety of funding agencies, including NSF and NASA; multiple journal article, book chapter, and textbook reviews for top remote sensing, GIS, and geography journals; organized and/or participated in several GIS and remote sensing workshops for students, teachers, government workers, and community members.

Professional Experience: Professor (since 2011), Associate Professor (2004-2011), and Assistant Professor (2000-2004), Department of Geography, University of North Dakota; Department Chairperson (since 2008); Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Kansas State University (1997-2000); Associate Scientist, Lockheed Martin Engineering & Sciences Company (1995-1996); Assistant City Editor, The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa (1991-1992).

Honors, Awards and Grants: Presidential Citation, ASPRS (2010); Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geography, Kansas State University (2008); North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award (2009); Robert G. Buzzard award from GTU (1997).

Research and Teaching Interests: Ecological and agricultural remote sensing, land-cover change, human impact on the environment, biogeography, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (with a focus on remote sensing education). Grants from NSF, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, North Dakota Department of Health, Ducks Unlimited Inc., NASA EPSCoR, and numerous small internal grants from various offices within the University of North Dakota.

Publications: Published in journals such as Remote Sensing of Environment, The Professional Geographer, GIScience and Remote Sensing, Physical Geography, Geocarto International, Applied Geography, Natural Hazards, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, and Journal of Geography. Also two book chapters and an article in the Encyclopedia of Geography.