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­Five Fridges Farm and Amanda Weaver Featured

Jan. 19, 2023

Regenerative agriculture is not just a topic in rural Colorado. It’s also the central focus of Geography and Environmental Sciences Senior Instructor Amanda Weaver’s 13-acre farm called Five Fridges, sandwiched between multi-family housing developments in the Denver metro area’s Wheat Ridge. An economic geographer by training, she now teaches classes...

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Kris Christensen Weighs in on Neighborhood Density and Place Attachment

Nov. 17, 2022

Geography and Environmental Sciences Instructor Kris Christensen said “we do need to densify our city” to address the housing shortage. But it can come at a cost, she added. the new, tall apartment buildings on Welton and Brighton might give newcomers a place to live, but they may not create...

CLAS Faculty Among Those Working on Ninth Street Restoration Project

Aug. 24, 2022

In March, the University of Colorado Denver revealed plans to restore and renovate all of the buildings on Ninth Street that the school occupies. - Brian Page, Associate Professor and Chair of Geography and Environmental Sciences, is working on a project to digitize the history of Auraria by creating interactive...

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Milo’s Brethren Coexisting with Recreation on Vail Pass is the Discussion at an Event Organized by Rudi Hartmann

March 31, 2022

Professor Emeritus CTT Geography and Environmental Sciences Rudi Hartmann helped organize a panel event at the Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail, on March 23 rd, to discuss the complex relationship between wildlife and winter recreation. “Specifically, we want to address the question, and try to answer the question: Can the...

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Martin Lockley Comments on Damage to Mill Canyon Dig Site

Feb. 17, 2022

An important dig site on BLM land where Martin Lockley, Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental Sciences, has been leading a scientific study since 2013 has been compromised by a construction project. The Utah site is about half a hectare and was once the location of an ancient lake. It...

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Fire Recovery Easier for Those with Savings According to Gregory Simon

Jan. 20, 2022

Gregory Simon, an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences, has tracked several fire recoveries. It’s an interest rooted in his own family’s weathering of the Oakland firestorm of 1991, when he was a teenager and many homes on their block burned down, though theirs was spared. “The households that...

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Ben Crawford on tracking Air Quality in Colorado and Developing Affordable Monitoring Sensors

Aug. 19, 2021

Obtaining a precise Air Quality Index (AQI) measurement can be hard to do in smaller communities due to the necessary-but-costly monitoring equipment. Ben Crawford, Assistant Professor in Geography and Environmental Sciences, said Colorado cities determine AQI with specific regulatory stations. “They look like trailers, and they’re full of instruments to...

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Group Investigating the Largest Dinosaur Tracks Site in China Includes Martin Lockley

March 18, 2021

Paleontologists including Emeritus Geography and Environmental Sciences Professor Martin G. Lockley recently confirmed (in a piece published in Geoscience Frontiers) that they have found the largest dinosaur track site ever discovered in China. The site, in Zhaojue, Sichuan province, covers an area of over 9,000 square meters, including at least...

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Amanda Weaver on the Similarities of Composting and Traditional Human Burials

April 15, 2020

Controlled human composting would, in practice, not be far off from the same process that goes into composting animal manure or food waste. This is something many farmers and other facilities already do, according to Amanda Weaver, Senior Instructor of Geography and Environmental Sciences. A helpful way to think about,...

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Amanda Weaver Advocates for Sustainable Practices in the Evolving Beef Industry

Feb. 5, 2020

Geography and Environmental Sciences Senior Instructor Amanda Weaver studies local farming economics, teaches undergraduate courses on sustainable urban agriculture, and owns 5 Fridges Farmin Wheat Ridge. Weaver advocates for sustainable pasturing practices, to limit methane from ranching and agriculture and to promote carbon sequestration in soils. But, she says, it’s...