Nationally known geographer and expert on natural hazards to visit UND and Devils Lake area March 21-23

Graham Tobin, a nationally recognized environmental geographer and expert in natural hazards, will visit the University of North Dakota and the Devils Lake area next week.

Tobin will be at UND to  present at the 2013 Forum for Contemporary Geographic Issues, at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 21,  in Leonard Hall, Room  100.  His presentation is titled “Chronic Hazards: The Cascading Impacts of Volcano Disasters in Ecuador.”

During his visit, Tobin will give two other lectures, including “Hazard Mitigation: Getting Out of Harm’s Way,” (Thursday March 21, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m., Education Building, Room 113) and “Sustainable Mitigation: Finding a Comfort Level with Risk,” (Friday March 22, noon – 12:50 p.m., O’Kelly-Ireland, Room 157).  In addition to giving lectures, Tobin will meet with faculty and students.

Also, on Saturday March 23, Tobin will be on a flooding and landscape study tour to Devils Lake area with UND geography scholars Paul Todhunter and Greg Vandeberg.

Tobin, a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning and Vice Provost for Strategic and Budget Planning at the University of South Florida, received his bachelor’s degree from the Durham University in England,  and his Ph.D. 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 of Tobin’s presentations at UND are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Brad Rundquist at 701.777.4589, or at bradley.rundquist@UND.edu.

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