Professor Andrew Maroko on Environmental Justice Versus Environmental Gentrification

Professor Andrew Maroko coauthored an article in the journal – International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health entitled Brownfields to Greenfields: Environmental Justice Versus Environmental Gentrification.

Abstract: Gentrification is a growing concern in many urban areas, due to the potential for displacement of lower-income and other vulnerable populations. This process can be accelerated when neighborhood “greening” projects are undertaken via governmental or private investor efforts, resulting in a  phenomenon termed environmental or “green” gentrification. Vacant land in lower-income areas is often improved by the existing community through the creation of community gardens, but this contributes to these greening efforts and paradoxically may spur gentrification and subsequent displacement of the gardens’ stewards and neighbors. “Is proximity to community gardens in less affluent neighborhoods associated with an increased likelihood of gentrification?” Continue reading “Professor Andrew Maroko on Environmental Justice Versus Environmental Gentrification”

#EESpublishes: SHRIMP U–Pb zircon evidence for age, provenance, and tectonic history of early Paleozoic Ganderian rocks, east-central Maine, USA

New first authored paper by Prof Allan Ludman in the journal of Atlantic Geology SHRIMP U–Pb zircon evidence for age, provenance, and tectonic history of early Paleozoic Ganderian rocks, east-central Maine, USA
SHRIMP U–Pb zircon ages from Ganderia in eastern Maine clarify the ages and provenance of basement units in the Miramichi and St. Croix terranes and of cover rocks in the Fredericton trough and Central Maine/Aroostook-Matapedia basin (CMAM). These new data constrain timing of orogenic events and help understand the origin of the cover rock depocenters.
Detrital zircon data generally confirm suggested ages of the formations sampled. Zircon grains with ages of ca. 430 Ma in both depocenters, only slightly older than their host rocks, were probably derived from the earliest volcanic eruptions in the Eastport-Mascarene belt. Their presence indicates that unnamed CMAM sandstone units may be as young as Pridoli and their absence from the Appleton Ridge and Digdeguash formations suggests that these formations are older than initial Eastport-Mascarene volcanism. Detrital and volcanic zircon ages confirm a Late Cambrian to Middle Ordovician age for the Miramichi succession and date Miramichi volcanism at 469.3 ± 4.6 Ma. In the St. Croix terrane, zircon grain with an age of 477.4 ± 3.7 Ma from an ashfall at the base of the Kendall Mountain Formation and age spectra and fossils from overlying quartz arenite suggest that the formation may span Floian to Sandbian time. The main source of CMAM and Fredericton sediment was recycled Ganderian basement from terranes emergent after Late Ordovician orogenesis, supplemented by Silurian tephra. Zircon barcodes and lithofacies and tectonic models suggest little, if any, input from Laurentia or Avalonia.
Zircon- and fossil-based ages indicate coeval Upper Ordovician deformation in the St. Croix (ca. 453 to 442 Ma) and Miramichi (ca. 453 to 446 Ma) terranes. Salinic folding in the southeastern Fredericton trough is bracketed between the 421.9 ± 2.4 Ma age of the Pocomoonshine gabbro-diorite and 430 Ma detrital zircons in the Flume Ridge Formation. Zircon ages, lithofacies analysis, and paleontological evidence support the origin of the Fredericton trough as a Salinic foredeep. The CMAM basin cannot have been an Acadian foreland basin, as sedimentation began millions of years before Acadian subduction.

New book edited by Prof Setha Low: The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City

Professor Setha Low has edited a new book entitled The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City.

The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City provides a comprehensive study of current and future urban issues on a global and local scale. Premised on an ‘engaged’ approach to urban anthropology, the volume adopts a thematic approach that covers a wide range of modern urban issues, with a particular focus on those of high public interest. Topics covered include security, displacement, social justice, privatization, sustainability, and preservation. Offering valuable insight into how anthropologists investigate, make sense of, and then address a variety of urban issues, each chapter covers key theoretical and methodological concerns alongside rich ethnographic case study material. The volume is an essential reference for students and researchers in urban anthropology, as well as of interest for those in related disciplines, such as urban studies, sociology, and geography.

Setha Low is Professor of Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography), Environmental Psychology, and Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA. Her most recent books are Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place (2017), and Spaces of Security: Ethnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance and Control (2019), edited with M. Maguire. She is former President of the American Anthropological Association and served as Deputy Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.

Tenure track position at Northern Illinois University–women’s and gender studies

The interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Northern Illinois University is looking for a dynamic scholar to fill the position of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall of 2019, with expertise in Critical Race Theory. The successful candidate will be a joint appointment tenure-track faculty member in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, with a tenure home in an appropriate academic department (open). The candidate will be expected to teach courses to both undergraduate and graduate students in both units, as well as engage in an active research agenda and perform professional service in keeping with rank and position. Applications are invited from those whose research and teaching interests focus on Critical Race Theory in the context of any of the following: A) intersectional feminist, queer, and/or trans* theories, B) women, gender, and/or sexuality in social and political movements, or C) feminist, queer, and/or trans* research methods. The typical teaching load is two courses per year in the Center, and two courses per year in the tenuring department.

Required Qualifications

JD or PhD in the Humanities or Social Sciences with expertise in both critical race theory and feminist, queer and/or trans studies.

ABD will be considered, with completion of PhD required before Fall 2019.

Successful candidate will also be willing/able to teach academic skills to first-generation students. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and students, including those of varying identities, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who have prior teaching experience and a productive high quality agenda in research or artistry. Successful grant writing experience is preferred.

Required Applicant Documents

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2. Cover Letter

3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

4. List of References

5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

6. Statement of Research Philospohy

7. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system  Review of completed applications will begin on 12/1/2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.Further questions can be directed to Dr. Amanda Littauer,

EEO Statement and Visa Policy

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.

Postdoc in Species Distribution/Pollen Vegetation Modeling at The Morton Arboretum in Chicago

The Morton Arboretum invites applications for a two year postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-supported project, “Quantifying biogeographic history: a novel model-based approach to integrating data from genes, fossils, specimens, and environments”. The successful applicant will join an international team of researchers in mathematics/ statistics, ecology, biogeography, distribution modeling, and population genetics. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the project team to design, develop and implement novel methods for integrating datasets which have different characteristics and resolution (environmental, paleoecological, and genetic data) to make inference about historical shifts in species ranges and changes in population sizes.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or Ph.D. defense scheduled) in a quantitative science (i.e., mathematical biology, statistics, theoretical ecology, or related fields), or in an ecological field plus experience with ecological modeling, species distribution or population modeling, or quantitative ecology. Interest or experience in one or more of the following is beneficial: Bayesian statistics, parameter estimation, data-driven modeling, spatial modeling, state-space modeling, or mathematical modeling. Applicants should be interested in working at the interface of statistics and ecology. Experience in programming is beneficial.

The position is for two years, with possibility for continuing support pending future funding. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at The Morton Arboretum and will primarily work with Dr. Sean Hoban, Dr. Andria Dawson (Mount Royal University, Calgary), and Dr. Adam Smith (Missouri Botanical Garden). The position will require some travel for team meetings. All travel expenses are covered by grant funds. The postdoctoral researcher will be provided opportunities for professional development, suited to their interests (e.g. attend scientific meetings, teaching or mentoring, skill training), for which funding is provided.

The Morton Arboretum is a world-class plant science research institute and public botanic garden near Chicago, USA, with strengths in ecology, conservation, informatics, and genomics. The Arboretum has collaborations with scientists at the Field Museum, University of Illinois Chicago, two National Laboratories, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; applications received by October 15 are guaranteed consideration. A start date by January 2019 is preferred. Applicants must apply at  Inquiries about the position or the application are welcome. Please contact Dr. Sean Hoban (, Dr. Adam Smith (, or Dr. Andria Dawson (

Vegetation Science Assistant Professor Search at UCSB

Assistant Professor – Vegetation Science – Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of Vegetation Data Science. We seek a highly creative and interdisciplinary scholar whose research exploits large spatio-temporal data sets such as those coming from continental and global scale environmental data networks and observatories (e.g., FluxNet, PhenoCam network, NEON, US National Phenology Network) and/or state of the art geospatial data, such as hyperspectral remote sensing (e.g., NEON—AOP, forthcoming ENMAP, HESUI, EMIT). The work should extract insight from environmental data sets at scale using novel computational and algorithmic approaches to environmental data science (e.g., machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and related methods). Research areas of particular interest include (1) biosphere-atmosphere interactions, with emphasis on the role of terrestrial vegetation in environmental change; (2) monitoring and predicting vegetation responses to disturbances such as climate, drought, fire, pathogens, or invasive species; and (3) quantifying plant diversity and its impact on ecosystem resilience and biogeochemical cycling. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program in the focal area of her/his expertise, to mentor graduate students, and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Applications received by November 15, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit].

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





  1. Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America.   Undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates.
  2. The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).   The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
  3. The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record.
  4. The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.  
  5. The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  6. The candidate may be of any national descent or background.


  1. The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costsplus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon.
  2. The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.
  3. Fellowships are awarded annually.  Each Fellow MUST APPLY FOR A RENEWALof his or her fellowship by March 30 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded.  (No reminder will be sent.)  Fellowships will be limited to a maximum of three years. 
  4. Awarded fellowships may not be deferred.
  5. A Fellowship may be canceled at any timeif a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly.

The Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are citizens of the United States of America, are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the United States and have received baccalaureate degrees.


Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.


The amount of each Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition and a stipend to be allocated towards room, board, living expenses and income taxes.  The Trustee has set the stipend at $18,000 for this year.  The procedures governing the granting of the awards are detailed in the attached application.

Two Assistant Professor Positions, Environmental Science, Rowan University


The School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University seeks to fill two Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) positions starting September 1st, 2019 in the recently established Department of Environmental Science. We seek outstanding candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Environmental Science or a closely related discipline, such as biology, chemistry, marine science and geoscience. Successful candidates are expected to develop and maintain an active, highly visible, extramurally funded research program with outstanding scholarship and to demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students.

We seek candidates who have a big picture, global focus — established international collaborations are a plus. The areas of expertise are open, however, we seek applicants engaged in the study of rapid, worldwide environmental change, in its many aspects. We have particular interest in areas of study at the forefront of advancing our understanding of complex environmental systems, such as Sea Level, Ocean Acidification, Atmospheric Chemistry with respect to climate change, Environmental Toxicology, and  Global Biodiversity Informatics with respect to the biodiversity crisis, all of which compliments the school’s mission.

Scholars hired in the School of Earth & Environment will have superior communication skills and will have demonstrated a deep commitment to sharing their science with the public. As part of teaching and outreach, SEE faculty are encouraged to develop local research/ teaching experiences in the nearby Edelman Fossil Park and affiliated Scotland Run Park. We are seeking agents of change, and a willingness to work with governments, NGOs, and industry to solve real-world problems is desired.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. by Sept. 1, 2019 and will have demonstrated early success at research and publication.  Postdoctoral experience is a plus. A commitment to excellence in teaching and to communicating science to the public is a necessity.

Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral University with approximately 19,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glamssboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, PA. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation and is ranked 3rd among public institutions in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

Applications for must be submitted through our online applicant tracking system at

Please submit a single PDF that includes the following items in the order listed: letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a description of research agenda including potential funding mechanisms, and a statement of teaching
philosophy. Three letters of recommendation should be sent via email directly to: To ensure full consideration, please submit your application by Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

North Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

The UNC Department of Geography recruits applicants to the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD), a prestigious 2-year postdoc that has the goal of preparing recent PhDs for tenure track appointments at UNC. Our department has previously used this mechanism multiple times to make tenure-track hires, and we hope to recruit another such scholar this year. The target applicants are US-born scholars from groups that are underrepresented in the academy. This is a full-time research appointment with no service obligations and the option of teaching a maximum of one course per year.  Applicants who plan to rank Geography as their first choice placement at UNC should contact Geography Diversity Liaison Clark Gray ( and/or potential faculty mentors in the department.

Stipend: $47,476 per calendar year, plus $2,000 per year fund for research expenses and travel.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree within the past five years and no later than July 1st of the award year. The primary criterion for selection is evidence of scholarship potentially competitive for tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities.

Application materials

Cover letter addressed to Vice Chancellor for Research

Curriculum vitae

A statement of research plans (1-3 pages)

A contribution to diversity statement on why you should be selected for this program (1–3 pages)

Writing samples (e.g., publications and/or dissertation chapters)

Two references for letters of recommendation

All Materials must be submitted through online application system to be accepted:


Deadline: The next application deadline is November 15, 2018 at 11:59 EST.  Applications are accepted September 15th-November 15th.


ISI/Esri Student Competition 2018–2019 Applications due 11/30

Call for Competition

We are pleased to announce the ISI-Esri Student Poster Competition 2018/19. Final judging will take place during the ISI World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 18–23, 2019. This competition is sponsored by Esri and ISI. The competition aims to: