Borderlands: a Geographic Perspective

Cross-Border Meeting of British Columbia and Washington Geographers

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Saturday, April 7, 2001 Sessions 10:00 -- 5:00
Sunday, April 8, 2001 Borderlands Field Trip

WWU's AWG-Meeting Homepage with more Details, Directions and, of course, a Map!


with (future and past AWG presidents) Patrick Buckley and Neil Sorenson

Kasey Cykler-Ignac,
Graduate Student, Western Washington University

Karen Brelsford (BSc Hons),
University of Victoria

Photos: John Newcomb, University of Victoria

The Bellingham Meeting Report

by Neil Sorenson (AWG President)

The April 7, 2001 meeting of the Association of Washington Geographers took place on the campus of Western Washington University.

The theme of the meeting was "Borderlands a Geographic Perspective"

Pat Buckley was the organizational genius who put together the meeting and set up the field trip

Tom Terich and Gene Hoerauf helped Pat from WWU during the meeting and Bob Monahan helped setup and comment during the field trip.

Additionally, Tom Chow, Kerry Lyste and Troy Brown helped during registration.

The meeting was an outstanding mix of physical and human geography presentations. We had speakers from the University of Washington, Western Washington University, University College of the Fraser Valley, Camosun College, and the University of Victoria.

The meeting agenda, posted on the web site, provides speaker names, presentation titles and in some instances paper abstracts.

John Sproul who is developing a water resource management plan for Whatcom County delivered the keynote speech at lunch on 7 April. His speech highlighted issues and obstacles associated with managing resources that transit a political boundary.

The field trip, held 8 April, focused on the region along the U.S.-Canada border north of Bellingham. The trip highlighted land use differences and issues related to cross border water and wildlife management.

In addition to the paper presentations, there was an after lunch poster session. There were some very interesting posters-all focused on cross boarder issues.

This is the first time we have attempted to present awards for student presentations. It appears the effort was worth the effort and is a practice we will likely continue.


Saturday, April 7

Morning Session

10:00 - 10:20 Kerry Lyste, Western Washington University

The Cognitive Mapping Project at Everett Community College

10:20 - 10:40 Tara Burke*, Western Washington University

The Socio-Economic Effects of the Carlyon, Beach/Hunter Point Landslide

10:40 - 11:00 Ryan Krench**, University of Washington

Social and Economic Factors Affecting Health in Zimbabwe

11:00 - 11:20 Nathaniel Trumbull and Craig ZumBrunnen, University of Washington

Russia’s De-Greening ("De-Ekologizatsiya") and its Transboundary Environmental Consequences

11:20 - 11:40 Meredith Reitman*, University of Washington

Reimagining the Network: An Alternative Framework for Understanding the Control of Migrant Information

11:40 - 12:00 Sandy Vanderburgh, University College of the Fraser, and Curt Peterson, Portland State University

Sedimentation in the Bays and Estuaries of the Columbia River Littoral Cell: Current Research of the Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study


Afternoon Session

2:00 - 2:20 Barry Weaver, Camosun College

Teaching Geography Via the Internet: One College’s Experience

2:20 - 2:40 John Newcomb, University of Victoria

A Brief Survey of Energy Issues Linking B.C. to Washington and Beyond

2:40 - 3:00 Karen Brelsford**, Joe O’Conner and Dan Smith, University of Victoria

Tree-Ring Dating of Historic Structures, Banff and Jasper National Parks, Columbia Icefield, 2000

3:00 - 3:20 Sonya Larocque and Dan Smith, University of Victoria

Little Ice Age Glacial Activity at Oval Glacier, British Columbia Coast Mountains

3:20 - 3:40 Kalina Noel**, University of Victoria

Conservation Measures for Aiding the Safe Passage of Urban Wildlife About Cities

3:40 - 4:00 Andrew Bach and Kasey Cykler-Ignac, Western Washington University

The Declining Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Population in Lake Ozette, Washington

4:00 - 4:20 Kasey Cykler-Ignac*, Western Washington University

Investigation of the Effects of Hydraulic Variability on Sockeye Salmon in Lake Ozette, Washington

* Best Graduate Research Paper Competition
** Best Undergraduate Research Paper Competition

6:00 -- No Host Dinner and social hour

Sunday, April 8

10:00 -- 2:00 Borderland Field trip ($10.00 faculty, $5.00 all others due by March 15)

Call For Papers:

If you plan to present a paper or poster, please submit a short abstract by March 16, 2001 to:

Patrick Buckley
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225

Although the theme of the conference is on Borderlands, Geographers are also encouraged to submit papers or posters in their areas of interest.


    • Faculty and K-12 educators are requested to be current AWG members ($10/year)
    • Students are free

Student Paper and Poster Competition:

To encourage papers and posters by students and recognize and reward meritorious student scholarship, the AWG will present awards in the following categories:

    • Best Undergraduate Research Paper
    • Best Graduate Research Paper
    • Best Undergraduate Poster
    • Best Graduate Poster

To be eligible a presenter must submit an abstract by the March 16 deadline for either a poster or paper. In addition, paper presenters must also submit a 3 to 5 page extended abstract by March 31, 2001.

Clock hours available for K-12 teachers. Must be AWG member and complete registration and cover fee ($5 plus $2 per clock hour). Registration materials will be available at the conference.



Association of Washington Geographers

Spring Meeting

At Western Washington University

April 7 & 8, 2001

Student Paper/Poster Presentation Competition

  • Award for Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student
  • Award for Outstanding Paper by an Undergraduate Student
  • Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation by an Undergraduate
  • Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation by an Undergraduate

I n order to be eligible, you must submit an abstract of 50-200 words, a 4-6 page paper (paper competition only), and present the paper or poster at the meeting. Evaluation is based on the submitted paper and the oral presentation.

For further information contact:

Dr. Patrick Buckley
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225

Deadline for abstract submission is March 16, 2001
Deadline for 4-6 page paper submission is March 31, 2001


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