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ABOUT ME

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Dr. Cerian Gibbes

Associate Professor

Graduate Director

CU - President's Teaching Scholar

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

 

PRIOR RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Director

Global Intercultural Research Center, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Co-Director

Bachelor of Innovation, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

 

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, I now live in Colorado and am an Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies (GES) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). UCCS is an R2 institution and one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and serves ~10,500 undergraduates and 1,900 graduate students. I also currently serve as the Graduate Director for the GES MA in Applied Geography program.

 

My research focuses on the social and ecological impacts of land use in spaces where agriculture and conservation overlap. My research and teaching are interconnected. I purposefully bring research into my teaching to engage students. I teach remote sensing, statistics, urban ecology, geography of Africa, and graduate research methods course. One priority in my teaching is to create spaces where students can relate their stories to our current knowledge of people, places, technology, and the environment.

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DETAILS

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Geography, Concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development, University of Florida

  • MSc. Geography, Concentration in Wildlife Ecology, University of Florida         

  • BSc.  (Summa Cum Laude) Geography, University of Florida

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Affiliate Research Professor Adjoint. Trauma, Health, and Hazards Center, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2014-present)

  • Visiting Researcher. Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (2020)

  • Co-Director. Bachelor of Innovation Program, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2015)

  • Visiting Researcher, National Center for Atmospheric Research (2012)

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2011-2018)

  • Conservation Planning Facilitator, Lippincott Consulting LLC (2009)

  • Database Manager. SeaGrant, Gainesville, Florida (2006)

  • Geoscience Intern. British Petroleum, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2004)

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, Taiwan (2020)

  • National Geographic Explorer Grantee (2019)

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2017)

  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2017)

  • Fulbright NEXUS Fellowship (2014-2016)

  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Scholarship (2016)

  • ESRI and PCI Natural Resources Imagery Grant (2013)

  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems Fellowship (2012)

  • NASA LULCC Research Assistantship (2009-2011)

  • Social Science Research Council (2008)

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