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Angela G. Subulwa

Angela G. Subulwa

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2009

About Angela
Angela G. Subulwa has been a faculty member in the Geography Department at UWO since fall of 2008 and is currently serving as Department Chair. Dr. Subulwa earned her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas in 2009. She received her undergraduate degree in geography, with minors in geographic information systems (GIS) and computer science from Northwest Missouri State University in 2001.

Her research focuses on understanding the political, economic, environmental, development, and social challenges of (dis)(em)placement in the African context. Dr. Subulwa’s work is generally based in southern and eastern Africa.

Current research projects include:

  1. Comparative (dis)(em)placements
  2. Political geographies of Barotseland
  3. Social Media & Geographic Imaginations


  • Africa (particularly southern & eastern Africa)
  • Forced Displacement & Refugee Movements
  • African Cities, Environmental Governance, & Development
  • Political Geography
  • Cultural-Historical Geography

Classes Taught

  • Political Geography
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Gender, Place, & Culture
  • Adv. Topics in Human Geography: International Development, Conflict, & Aid
  • Geographies of Coffee
  • Human Geography
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Introduction to GIS

Recent Publications

Myers, Garth, Francis Owusu, and Angela G. Subulwa. 2016. Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa in Brunn, Stanley, Hays-Mitchell, Maureen, and Zeigler, Don (eds). Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development 6th edition. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Subulwa, Angela G. 2015. (Dis)(em)placing gender at Ukwimi: Refugee resettlement and repatriation in eastern Zambia. Gender, Place, & Culture 22(8): 1177 – 1194.

Subulwa, Angela G. 2013. Settlement, protracted displacement, and repatriation at Mayukwayukwa in western Zambia. African Geographical Review 32(1): 1 – 15.

Subulwa, Angela G. 2012. Negotiating displacement during the colonial and early independence period along the Zambia-Mozambique border. Historical Geography 40: 147 – 167.


Heike C. Alberts

Heike C. Alberts

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2003

About Heike
Heike C. Alberts joined the Department of Geography in 2003 after earning her PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota. She is originally from Berlin, Germany and spends several months every year in Germany. She loves teaching and taking students on study abroad trips to Europe. Dr. Alberts has done research on a wide range of topics in the broad fields of migration (ethnic enclaves, highly-skilled migrations), urban geography (Olympic cities, airports, historic preservation), cultural geography (chocolate), and pedagogy (teaching geography, international faculty).
Current projects include:
1. International students
2. World Regional Geography textbook
3. Internationalization of geography journals
• Europe (especially Western Europe) and North America
• Highly skilled migrations
• Urban development
• Population and cultural geography
Classes Taught
• World Regional Geography (GEOG 102)
• Honors World Regional Geography (GEOG 104)
• Peoples, Places, and Cultures of the World (GEOG 107)
• Human Geography (GEOG 202)
• Honors Human Geography (GEOG 212)
• Research Methods (GEOG 380)
• Latin America (GEOG 319)
• Europe (GEOG 331)
• Urban Geography (GEOG 324)
• Advanced Topics in Human Geography (GEOG 451)
• Food (HONORS 175), co-taught with Dr. Lawrence Carlin
• Population (HONORS 175)
Recent Publications
Alberts, Heike (2017): “Complex Decisions: Factors Determining International Students’ Migrations,” in: Micheline van Riemsdijk and Qingfang Wang, eds. Rethinking International Skilled Migration. Routledge, New York, 36-53
Alberts, Heike (2016): “Enjoying the Best of Two Worlds or Torn Between Two Places?” in: Alan Marcus, ed. Transnational Geographers in the United States. Navigating Autobiogeographies in a Global Age. Lexington Books, Lanham, 19-34
Alberts, Heike and Julie Cidell (2016): “Chocolate Consumption, Manufacturing, and Quality in Europe and North America,” in: Mara Squicciarini and Johan Swinnen, eds. The Economics of Chocolate, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 119-133.
Alberts, Heike (2015): “Caribbean Hispanics: Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans,” in: Christopher A. Airriess, ed. Contemporary Ethnic Geographies in America. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 171-199
Alberts, Heike (2015): “Using Sports Examples in Geography Courses,” Journal of Geography
114(5), 211-218
Alberts, Heike (2015): “The Wadden Sea: An Intertidal Ecosystem of Global Importance,” Focus on Geography 58(1), 27-35
Alberts, Heike and Bruce Niendorf (2014): “Engaging all Senses: Learning about the Berlin Wall from Classroom Instruction and On-Site Experience,” Research in Geographic Education 16(1), 57-66
Alberts, Heike and Helen Hazen, eds. (2013): International Students and Scholars in the United States. Coming from Abroad. Palgrave Macmillan, New York
Elizabeth Barron

Elizabeth Barron

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2010

About Elizabeth
Dr. Barron is an environmental geographer whose research centers on the belief that incorporating multiple ways of knowing the world around us is the best way to address human-environmental problems. After working on fungal conservation and biodiversity for the last several years, she is now transitioning to focus her research on value and place-based sustainability. Dr. Barron is serving as the Associate Director of the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations from 2017-2019.


  • Nature-Society Geography
  • Conservation
  • Alternative economics
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainability

Classes Taught

  • Weather & Climate Labs
  • Human Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Geography Field Methods: Field course to Yellowstone National Park
  • Independent Study
  • Capstone Senior Seminar
  • Environment & Society
  • Environmental Science, Policy, & Problem Solving
  • Special Topics: The Future of Public Lands

Recent Publications

Barron, E.S. In press. “Who Values what Nature? Constructing Conservation Values with Fungi.” In: The Handbook of Critical Physical Geography. Lave, R. et al., ed. London: Palgrave.

Raatikainen K.J. and E.S. Barron. 2017. “Current agri-environmental policies dismiss varied perceptions and discourses on management of traditional rural biotopes.” Land Use Policy 69: 564-576.

Barron, E.S. 2017. “Who Cares? The Human Perspective on Fungal Conservation” In: The Fungal Community: It’s Organization and Role in the Ecosystem, 4th edition. Dighton, J., J.F. White Jr., and P. Oudemans, eds., London: CRC Press.

Van Auken, P., E.S. Barron, C. Xiong, C. Persson. 2016. “’Like a Second Home’: Conceptualizing Experiences Within the Fox River Watershed Through a Framework of Emplacement.” Water 8: 352. doi:10.3390/w8080352.

Barron, E.S., C. Sthultz, D. Hurley, and A. Pringle. 2015. “Names Matter: Interdisciplinary Research on Taxonomy and Nomenclature for Ecosystem Management.” Progress in Physical Geography 39(5): 640-660.

Heilmann-Clausen, J., P. Halme, E.S. Barron, L. Boddy, A. Dahlberg, G. Griffith, J. Nordén, O. Ovaskainen, C. Perini, B. Senn-Irlet. 2015. “Taking Fungi into Account Delivers Biodiversity Conservation Benefits.” Conservation Biology29(1): 61-68.

Lave, R., M. Wilson, E.S. Barron, C. Biermann, M. Carey, C. Duvall, L. Johnson, K. Lane, N. McClintock, D. Munroe, R. Pain, J. Proctor, B. Rhoads, M. Robertson, J. Rossi, N. Sayre, G. Simon, M. Tadaki, and C. VanDyke. 2014. “Critical Physical Geography.” The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien 58(1): 1-10.

Mark W. Bowen

Mark W. Bowen

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2011

About Mark
Mark Bowen has been a faculty member in the Geography Department at UWO since fall of 2011. Dr. Bowen is currently the Director of the Soils Research Lab and the Paleoecology Research Lab, both housed within the Geography Department at UWO.

Prior to joining UWO, he earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas in 2011. His research focuses on environmental change and landscape dynamics. He is generally interested in how natural and anthropogenic drivers of environmental change impact soil and water resources.

Current research projects include:

1) Examining land use change impacts on soil erosion and sediment delivery to High Plains playa wetlands

2) Mapping the distribution of historical mining pollution in the Galena River watershed in Wisconsin and Illinois

3) Characterizing the geomorphic response of tropical rivers to increased hurricane frequency and intensity.


  • Soils
  • Water Resources
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Geomorphology
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis

Classes Taught

  • GEOG 221 – Landforms and Soils (lecture and labs)
  • GEOG 241 – Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 304 – Principles of Soil Science
  • GEOG 364 – Water Resource Management
  • GEOG 452 – Earth Transformed

Recent Publications

Bowen, Mark W., William C. Johnson, and Dylan A. King. 2017. Lunette Dunes on the High Plains of Western Kansas as Foci for Geoarchaeological and Paleoenvironmental Research. Physical Geography, Vol. 39, No. 1, Pg. 21 – 37.

Bowen, Mark W. and William C. Johnson. 2017. Anthropogenically-accelerated sediment accumulation within playa wetlands as a result of land cover change on the High Plains of the central United States. Geomorphology, Vol. 294, Pg. 135 – 145.

Bowen, Mark W. and William C. Johnson, 2015. Holocene Records of Environmental Change in High Plains Playa Wetlands, Kansas, USA. The Holocene, Vol. 25, No. 11, Pg. 1838 – 1851

Mamadou Coulibaly

Mamadou Coulibaly

Associate Professor 
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2004

About Mamadou
John A. Cross

John A. Cross

Ph.D., University of Illnois, 1979

About John
Colin Long

Colin Long


Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2003

About Colin
Dr. Long is a physical geographer with research interests in climate-vegetation-fire relations over centennial to millennial timescales. He earned a B.S. in Biology and M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon. His main regions of interest are the Pacific Northwest and upper Midwest. His research examines the role that changes in climate and fire regimes have on forest vegetation.


  • Quaternary paleoecology
  • Fire history
  • Climate change

Classes Taught

  • GEOG 121 – Weather and Climate (lecture and labs)
  • GEOG 221 – Landforms and Soils (lecture and labs)
  • GEOG 303 – Pyrogeography
  • GEOG 363 – Biogeography
  • GEOG 427 – Ice Age Earth

Recent Publications

Long C.J., Power, M. J, and Grigg, L.D. 2018. A 35,000-year Fire History from the Oregon Coast Range, USA. In From Saline to Freshwater: The Diversity of Western Lakes in Space and Time, S.W. Starratt and M.R. Rosen (eds.), pp 23-45. GSABOOKS-D-16-00005R1 Geologic Society of America.

Minckley, T.A. and Long C.J. 2016. Paleofire severity and vegetation change in the Cascade Range, Oregon, USA. Quaternary Research 85: 211-217, doi 10.1016/j.yqres.2015.12.010

Mueller, J.R., Long C.J., Williams, J.J., Nurse, A., and McLauchlan, K.K. 2014. The relative controls on forest fires and fuel source fluctuations in the Holocene deciduous forests of southern Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science 29: 561-569; doi: 10.1002/jqs.2728

Long, C. J., Power, M. J., Minckley, T. A., and Hass, A. L. 2014. The impact of Mt. Mazama tephra deposition on forest vegetation in the Central Cascades, Oregon. The Holocene 24, 503-511; doi: 10.1177/0959683613520258

Kazimierz J. Zaniewski

Kazimierz J. Zaniewski

Ph.D., UW-Milwaukee, 1987

About Casey

Kazimierz (Casey) Zaniewski, a native of Poland, received a PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1987. His dissertation on “Housing Inequalities Under Socialism: The Case of Poland” examined the equity-efficiency dilemma in housing allocation in centrally planned economies from a spatial perspective.

After coming to UW Oshkosh, he has been teaching several classes in human and regional geography and, more recently, in cartography. His current research interests focus on population dynamics and electoral behavior, and he (in collaboration with other colleagues) published several articles on both topics, including demographic trends in Europe and presidential elections in the United States and Wisconsin.

He is the co-author of three books on ethnic geography of Wisconsin, sports geography in Europe, and world regional geography. He loves teaching cartography and making various types of maps with computer technology.

Courses Taught:

GEOG 102: World Regional Geography

GEOG 107: Peoples, Places and World Cultures

GEOG 213: Population Geography

GEOG 215: Map Reading and Analysis

GEOG 371: Thematic Cartography

GEOG 377: Population and Environment

Laura Carnahan

Laura Carnahan

M.S., UW-Milwaukee, 2009

  • Office: Sage 4453
  • Phone: (920) 424-4103
  • Email: 
  • Specializations: Atmospheric Science, Air Pollution
About Laura

Laura Carnahan got her Master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from UW-Milwaukee in 2009.  She joined the Geography department in 2009, and has enjoyed teaching mostly “Weather and Climate” classes ever since then.

When she’s not in the classroom or her office, Laura enjoys playing music, kayaking, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and you can occasionally find her watching “The Weather Channel”.


  • Air pollution
  • Severe weather
  • Meteorology
  • Teaching methods

Classes taught

  • GEOG 121 – Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 385 – Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 221 – Landforms and Soils
  • ES 102 – Intro to Sustainability
  • UP 250 – Urban Sustainability

Recent Publication

“Teaching Physical Geography with Toys, Household Items, and Food,” The Geography Teacher, 11:3, 93-107

Melissa Giddings

Melissa Giddings

Academic Department Associate 

Office: Sage 4461
Phone: (920) 424-4105

Melissa holds a B.S. in Human Services from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has been working at UW-Oshkosh since 2006 and with the Geography Department since 2016. In addition to assisting faculty, Melissa also helps students register for classes, contact their advisors, and resolve any problems. She is happy to answer any questions you may have (Extra tip: Melissa keeps a stash of candy in her office for those days when you just might need some chocolate) 🙂

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