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Kelley A. Crews

Professor Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Associate Professor
Kelley A. Crews

Contact

  • Office: CLA 3.424
  • Office Hours: By appointment via email
  • Campus Mail Code: A3100

Biography

Selected Publications

BH King and KA Crews, Eds. Forthcoming. Ecologies and Politics of Health. Routledge Press.

T Meyer, KA Crews, K Ross, S Bourquin, D Gibson, and C Craig. 2010. Consultancy to Identify Important Habitats for Key Wildlife in the Western Kgalagadi Conservation Corridor (WKCC). Conservation International, 268pp.

KA Crews. 2010. Remote Sensing and Population-Environment Community Needs, Expert statement (invited) for PERN (Population-Environment Research Network) Cyberseminar, Hosted by Columbia University's Earth Institute.

KA Crews and A Moffett. 2009. Importance of input classification to graph automata simulations of forest cover change in the Peruvian Amazon (Chapter 9). Reforesting Landscapes: Linking Pattern and Process, Eds H Nagendra and J Southworth. Springer Press.

KA Crews and SJ Walsh. 2009. Remote Sensing and the Social Sciences (Chapter 31). Handbook of Remote Sensing, Eds T Warner, D Nellis, and G Foody. Sage Publications.

S Sarkar, KA Crews, KR Young, CD Kelley, and A Moffett. 2009. A Dynamic Graph Automata Approach to Modeling Landscape Change in the Andes and the Amazon. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 36:300-318.

AL Neuenschwander and KA Crews. 2008. Disturbance, Management, and Landscape Dynamics: Wavelet Analysis of Vegetation Indices in the Lower Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 74(6): 753-764.

AL McCleary, KA Crews-Meyer, and KR Young. 2008. Refining Forest Classifications in the Western Amazon Using an Intra-Annual Multi-Temporal Approach. International Journal of Remote Sensing 29: 991-1006.

KA Crews-Meyer. 2008. Landscape dynamism: disentangling thematic versus structural change in northeast Thailand. Land use change: science, policy and management, Eds MJ Hill and RJ Aspinall. CRC Press: pp 99-118.

KA Crews and MF Peralvo. 2008. Segregation and Fragmentation: Extending Pattern Metrics Analysis to Spatial Demography. Population Research and Policy Review, special issue on Spatial Demography, Ed P Voss 27: 65-88.

J Postigo, KR Young, and KA Crews. 2008. Change and Continuity in a a Shepherd Community in the High Peruvian Andes. Human Ecology 36:535-551.

Geography News Article on Dr. Crews's Research

Interests

Spatio-temporal Scaling of Landscape Change Dynamics and Dynamism, Resilience and Vulnerability of Socio-Ecological Systems in Developing States, and Ecologies of Global Health

GRG F356T • Clim Chg/Vegtn: Kalahari-Bwa

84700 • Summer 2012
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DESCRIPTION

 

Climate change is a subject of critical importance for both scientists and global citizens. Botswana profiles a wonderful example of developing world issues set in pristine environments where these debates still have the potential to support both people and the environment. The Botswana Kalahari is a remote and relatively undisturbed desert environment that provides an ideal natural laboratory for exploring climate change issues such as carbon storage, food production and the interactions between humans and the environment.

 

Safaris in the Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari Game Reserve expose students to both wetland and savanna ecosystems while visits to a local school and cooperative education center provide insights into the region's bush culture. The program is based out of a camp and the lectures, program activities, and daily living take place outdoors.

 

STUDY ABROAD: CLIMATE CHANGE, ECOSYSTEMS, AND HUMAN DYNAMICS - GHANZI, BOTSWANA

 

More information here.

GRG 356T • Spatial Sciences Practicum

37390 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GRG 312
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The class is an applied, intensive computer- and field-based course in landscape assessment leveraging the spatial sciences, including but not limited to fieldwork (e.g., vegetation transects or Global Positioning Systems) and GIS / remote sensing / pattern analysis / spatial analysis. For a topical listing of course components, please see the complete syllabus.

Typically one-half of each week's course time will be allocated to learning standard protocols and supporting theory with the other half spent performing computer- or field-based analysis. Substantial additional lab hours will be required outside of class for successful completion of labs and projects. The goal of the course is to provide practical experience in start-to-finish landscape assessment. No prior knowledge is presumed, but students without an introductory course in GIS or remote sensing should anticipate spending extra time building familiarity with the software used. In the first portion of the semester, students will complete weekly labs designed to build out a set of spatial science skills on provided datasets; the second portion of the course will then apply those skills to a project culminating in a poster suitable for presentation at a regional or national conference due in analog and digital form by 5pm Wednesday, December 7 and presented in class during the final exam time of 9:00 – 12:00 noon Thursday, December 8. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS OR MAKE-UPS ARE ALLOWED.

 

Grading Policy

10 %   Attendance / Participation

20 %   Proficiency Checks

40 %   Lab Exercises

30 %   Final Poster / Presentation

Because the course is designed as a practicum and as with professional-grade training, class attendance and participation are imperative. Daily attendance will be taken at the START of each class. The attendance / participation grade will be a percentage of classes fully attended with each student being allowed two missed classes only. Missed exercises or proficiency checks cannot be made up. Proficiency checks will be unannounced though generally at the end of each unit; they may be in-class or take home. Students may drop the lowest proficiency check. Lab exercises will be conducted in-class and outside of class as well. Completed assignments must be turned in in-person at the START of the assigned class time unless otherwise noted. No late assignments or make-ups are allowed. The final poster will be due in both analog and digital form by 5pm Wednesday, December 7. Students must be in class during the final exam time of Thursday, December 8, 9:00-12:00 noon to give a 3-minute presentation on their posters. Late posters WILL NOT be accepted and posters without students present during the final WILL NOT be accepted. Posters will be graded on originality, amount and rigor of analysis, and successful cartographic communication.

Final grades for the class will be whole grade only (no plus or minus grading) whereby

A:  ≥ 90.0

B:  80.0 – 89.9

C:  70.0 – 79.9

D:  60.0 – 69.9

F:  ≤ 59.9

GRG 462K • Intro Remote Sensing Of Envir

37630-37635 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 800am-930am GRG 102
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Geography 374 is designated as a "capstone experience" for students majoring in geography. Taken from the name of the stone placed atop a wall or structure that marks its completion (the opposite of a cornerstone), "capstone" means crowning achievement or culmination. In other words, then, this class is supposed to signify the "culmination" of your undergraduate career as a geographer. But what does that mean? For me, it means that this course tries to provide a structure, a space, and time for thinking holistically about geography: what is the role of geography, geographers, and geographical inquiry in the context of the wider world, especially in relation to social change? You likely have spent your time as an undergraduate learning about various theories and methods of geography (and, in the process, learning about the world and how different physical and social aspects of it work). This class now gives you the opportunity to step back and think about questions like, What is geography? What role does it play in society? How did it emerge? Why is it located in a university?

GRG 304E • Envir Sci: A Changing World

37020-37035 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 800am-930am BUR 108
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Surveys the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences.

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement.

GRG 304E • Envir Sci: Changing World-Hon

37036 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 800am-930am BUR 108
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Surveys the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences.

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement.

Additional hour(s) to be arranged. Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.

Restricted to Plan I Honors students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Syllabi, Fall 2011

GRG 356T - Spatial Sciences Practicum

The class is an applied, intensive computer- and field-based course in landscape assessment leveraging the spatial sciences, including but not limited to fieldwork (e.g., vegetation transects or Global Positioning Systems) and GIS / remote sensing / pattern analysis / spatial analysis.

Typically one-half of each week's course time will be allocated to learning standard protocols and supporting theory with the other half spent performing computer- or field-based analysis. Substantial additional lab hours will be required outside of class for successful completion of labs and projects. The goal of the course is to provide practical experience in start-to-finish landscape assessment. No prior knowledge is presumed, but students without an introductory course in GIS or remote sensing should anticipate spending extra time building familiarity with the software used. In the first portion of the semester, students will complete weekly labs designed to build out a set of spatial science skills on provided datasets; the second portion of the course will then apply those skills to a project culminating in a poster suitable for presentation at a regional or national conference due in analog and digital form by 5pm Wednesday, December 7 and presented in class during the final exam time of 9:00 – 12:00 noon Thursday, December 8. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS OR MAKE-UPS ARE ALLOWED.

UGS 303 - Our Global Backyard

Understanding the pressures on the world's environments and people is of paramount importance to maintaining global resources for current and future generations. Many of the most challenging environmental conflicts today present transboundary problems, where either the source of environmental bad or impacted peoples straddle administrative and political boundaries. Simultaneously many human populations around the world suffer from food and political security issues that seemingly negate their ability to engage with global environmental concerns despite the clear linkages between human health and environmental quality. Meanwhile, the world's population and consumption continue to increase, though the disparity of living quality among peoples and countries also increases. This dilemma only heightens the importance and urgency of addressing coupled environmental issues such as global warming and industrialization, agricultural production and water quantity/quality shortages, and ecosystem quality and human health. Understanding global environmental problems can be contextualized as issues that have both local impacts as well as opportunities for local solutions. First we will build global geographic literacy and work to understand differences in developed versus developing states. Second, we will turn our attention inward to assess US and Texas on the same issues, building an understanding of the similarities, differences, and potential synergies of local to global human-environment interactions. This course will tackle the science and technology of understanding these reciprocal through a series of case studies in both industrialized and developing states, emphasizing throughout the impacts of globalization on bringing Texas to the world and the world to our own backyard.

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