University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Leading natural hazards scholar to visit Geography March 21, 22

Graham Tobin, a nationally recognized environmental geographer and professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning, and Vice Provost for Strategic and Budget Planning at the University of South Florida, will visit UND March 21-23. He will present at the Forum for Contemporary Geographic Issues on Thursday March 21, at 11 a.m. in 100 Leonard Hall. His presentation is titled “Chronic Hazards: The Cascading Impacts of Volcano Disasters in Ecuador.”

During his visit, Tobin will give two other lectures:

“Hazard Mitigation: Getting Out of Harm’s Way” – Thursday, March 21, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., 113 Education Building
“Sustainable Mitigation: Finding a Comfort Level with Risk” – Friday, March 22, noon to 12:50 p.m., 157 O’Kelly-Ireland Hall.

In addition to giving lectures, Tobin will meet with faculty and students. On Saturday, March 23, Tobin will be on a flooding and landscape study tour to Devils Lake area with Paul Todhunter and Greg Vandeberg (both UND Geography).

Graham Tobin received his bachelor's degree from the Durham University, England and doctoral degree from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. His research interests in natural hazards, water resources policy, and environmental contamination focus on human vulnerability, community sustainability and resilience, social networks, and health conditions in hazardous environments. Tobin has published and edited numerous research articles and books, and served on many national committees and editorial boards. His current research is being conducted in communities around two active volcanoes in Ecuador and Mexico, and in hurricane prone areas of the United States.

All the presentations are open to the public. For more information about these lectures or Tobin’s visit, please contact Brad Rundquist at or 777.4589.

-- Geography.

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