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Geographers in the Media

From blogs to interviews, check here regularly to see our faculty, staff and students discussing their research in the media.

John Kupfer - Connecting Science and Education at Congaree National Park. (2015)  Congaree National Park is located about 25 miles from the USC campus and preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. It was named the nation's 57th National Park in 2003 and has also been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area, and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Because of its ecological significance and proximity to Columbia, Congaree has served as the site for a number of recent and ongoing projects by faculty and students in the USC Department of Geography. Research conducted by Dr. John Kupfer (professor and department chair) and Janae Davis (a current Geography Masters student) are highlighted in this video discussing the importance of linking science and education at Congaree National Park. To see the full video, which was produced for the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center at Congaree National Park, go here.

Jessica Barnes – Engaged Anthropology (with a bit of geography thrown in!). (2014) While she was a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in 2007, Jessica Barnes received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to aid research on ‘Farming Fayoum: The Flows and Frictions of Irrigation in Egypt’. In this blog for the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, she shares her experiences working with their Engaged Anthropology Grant and returning to the field to share her insights with the community. See what else she had to say here.