UNI Geography sweeps graduate competition at regional geography meeting

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Patrick Pease, professor and department head, geography, 319-273-7117,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2176,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- During the 2015 meeting of the West Lakes division of the Association of American Geographers, UNI graduate students won first, second and third-place for the graduate student research poster competition. They competed against students with master's and doctorate degrees from across a seven-state region.

The annual West Lakes meeting was held Oct. 15-17 in Eau Claire, Wis. The West Lake division includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin and is composed of 47 member universities.

Emily Francis, Hollis Center, Maine, won the first-place prize for her research "Analyzing Winter Activities of Wild Taimyr Reindeer Using Argos Satellite Collars."

Athila Gevaerd Montibeller, Brazil, took the second-place prize for his research "Monitoring Drought Conditions in Western Santa Catarina State, Brazil, between 2001 and 2010 using MODIS NDVI and TRMN Precipitation Data."

Arif Masrur, Bangladesh, won third place with his research "Analysis of the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Wildfire Activity in the Tundra Biome Using MODIS Data (2001 to 2014)."

Narmina Lusubova, Cedar Falls and Dylan Nielsen, Central City, also presented research at the conference.

For more information about UNI's Department of Geography, contact Patrick Pease, department head, at 319-273-7117 or