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Graduate student Alana Rader awarded a 2021 AGS Fellowship

rader alanaThe American Geographical Society (AGS) announced the recipients of the 2021 AGS Council Fellowships to support master’s and doctoral research. Established in 2013, the awards are funded by a gift from the estate of Dr. Marshall E. Bowen and each recipient receives $1,500.00. The recipients are Mx. Eden Kinkaid, a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Arizona, Mrs. Hilda Onuoha, a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University, Ms. Özlem Ayse Özgür , a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona and Ms. Alana Rader, a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. Graduate students from universities around the world are eligible for the Fellowships. AGS will recognize the Fellowship recipients during its annual Fall Symposium, streaming online November 15-19, 2021.

Alana will use the fellowship funds to facilitate a community mapping exercise to analyze the relationship of historical to current land uses and patterns of forest regeneration in Mexico to complete her dissertation, Beyond Deforestation: Dynamics of Tropical Forest Regeneration and Land Use in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, Mexico.

“My research interests lie at the intersection of ecology, land use, and landscape recovery across scales. I examine this intersection in tropical forests of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor in Mexico for my dissertation, to assess how the process of tropical forest regeneration following environmental and human disturbances is driven by the feedback of biophysical processes and land use. ”

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