2021 Borchert Lecture

From cougars to penguins—Pushing boundaries in spatial ecology
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As a senior lecturer of Antarctic marine science in Te Kura Aronukurangi (School of Earth & Environment) at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (University of Canterbury), Aotearoa New Zealand, Dr. LaRue focuses on interdisciplinary tools, such as GIS and high-resolution satellite imagery, to study spatial and population dynamics of penguins, seals, and cougars—species facing substantial conservation challenges as both the physical and social environments change across the world.

Read more about Dr. LaRue's work on her website

About the Borchert Lecture Series

The Borchert Lecture series was established in April 2008 with the inaugural lecture delivered by Jack Dangermond, founder/president of ESRI and graduate of the University of Minnesota (master's of architecture, 1968). This annual event honors the late John R. Borchert, University of Minnesota Regents Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment & Society and member of the US National Academy of Science.

The lecture series features notable speakers in the area of geographic information science and, since 2014, is part of the campus-wide UMN Spatial Forum event. The Spatial Forum is a yearly event highlighting spatial research, teaching, and outreach.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the MGIS programGeography, Environment & SocietyU-Spatial, and DASH.


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