Department of Geography and the Environment

Kelley A. Crews


Associate ProfessorPh.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Associate Professor - Graduate Advisor
Kelley A. Crews

Contact

  • Office: CLA 3.424
  • Office Hours: Fridays 10am-2pm open, 2-4pm Grads & by Appt
  • Campus Mail Code: A3100

Interests


Muddy Boots Remote Sensing, Land Change Science, & Healthy Landscapes/Ecosystems in Developing States

Biography


Key Publications

NB Mishra, KA Crews, N Neeti, T Meyer, and KR Young. Accepted. MODIS derived vegetation greenness trends in 1 African Savanna: Deconstructing and localizing the role of changing moisture availability, fire regime and anthropogenic impact. Remote Sensing of Environment.

KA Crews and JA Miller. Accepted. The Amended Tobler's Law of GIS for STEM for Higher Education: Both Near and Distant Things Matter. Ed DJ Cowen. GIS and STEM in Higher Education. ESRI Press: Redlands, California.

Shinn, JE, B King, KR Young, and KA Crews. 2014. Variable adaptations: Micro-politics of environmental displacement in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Geoforum 57: 21-29.

KA Crews and KR Young. 2013. Forefronting the Socio-Ecological in Savanna Landscapes through Their Spatial and Temporal Contingencies. Land [Special issue Landscape Changes in Savanna Systems: Understanding the Roles of Climate, Vegetation Dynamics, Parks and Protected Areas, Resources, People and Livelihoods] 2(3): 452-471, doi: 10.3390/land2030452.

KA Crews. 2013. Positioning health in a socio-ecological systems framework. In (Eds B King and KA Crews) Ecologies and Politics of Health. Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge Series on Human Geography, pp. 15-32.

B King and KA Crews, Eds. 2013. Ecologies and Politics of Health, Routledge Press / Taylor and Francis Group, Routledge Studies in Human Geography Series. 298pp.

NB Mishra, KA Crews, and AL Neuenschwander. 2012. Sensitivity of EVI-based harmonic regression to temporal resolution in the lower Okavango Delta. International Journal of Remote Sensing 33(24):7703-7726.

K Meyer and T Meyer. 2011. Longhorns in Botswana (~ 500 words). The Zambezi Traveller (Kasane, Botswana).

K Meyer and T Meyer. 2011. Fluid Lives: Cycles of the Boteti (~ 500 words). The Zambezi Traveller (Kasane, Botswana).

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, 268 pp.

KA Crews and SJ Walsh. 2009. Remote Sensing and the Social Sciences. Handbook of Remote Sensing, Chapter 31, pp. 437-435 (Eds. T Warner, D Nellis, and G Foody), Sage Publications.

KA Crews-Meyer. 2008. Landscape dynamism: disentangling thematic versus structural change in northeast Thailand, pp.99-118. RJ Aspinall and MJ Hill (Eds) Land use change: science, policy and management, CRC Press, New York, 250 pp.

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

 

Blog: 4 Years of Rocking Out a Field School in Botswana... and Counting! studyabroadbotswana.blogspot.com

Geography News Article on Dr. Crews's Research

Courses


GRG 396T • Adv Proposal Writing Bootcamp

36580 • Fall 2015
Meets TH 400pm-700pm CLA 1.302A

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic description: Aspects of soil geomorphology: soil formation, earth surface processes (erosion, sedimentation, and salinization) soil sustai nability, and landscape interactions in the Mediterranean, Mexico, and t he American Corn Belt. Will explore management and policy, soil interact ions in watersheds, and field and laboratory methods through readings, l abs, and field trips.

MEETS WITH LAS 388.

GRG 396T • Adv Proposal Writing Bootcamp

37705 • Fall 2014
Meets T 400pm-700pm CLA 1.302D

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG F356T • Clim Chg/Vegtn: Kalahari-Bwa

84700 • Summer 2012
Meets

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

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

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

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

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.

GRG 304E • Envir Sci: A Changing World

37615-37620 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 800-930 PHR 2.108

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. May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement.

Restricted to students in the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

GRG 396T • Ecologies Of Global Health

36935 • Spring 2009
Meets T 400pm-700pm GRG 408

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic description: Aspects of soil geomorphology: soil formation, earth surface processes (erosion, sedimentation, and salinization) soil sustai nability, and landscape interactions in the Mediterranean, Mexico, and t he American Corn Belt. Will explore management and policy, soil interact ions in watersheds, and field and laboratory methods through readings, l abs, and field trips.

MEETS WITH LAS 388.

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