'Speaking of Maps' series highlights maps in research

Submitted by gallagm7 on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:50pm

The “Speaking of Maps” lectures, co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Huxley College of the Environment, are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.

The 2015-16 "Speaking of Maps" lectures, held in the Western Libraries Map Collection included: 

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Geography Andy Bach, on "Archival Evidence for Historical Changes in Lowland Wilderness Meadows, Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park." Using a multi-media archival approach to understand the environmental history of the area, examining repeat air and ground photography, maps, and written records, Bach determined that the prairies originally began as natural wetlands before fire was used by indigenous peoples and European settlers to expand and maintain them. Later, in the absence of disturbance, they eventually began to revert to forest cover. Bach’s research combines the use of historical maps with field methods of soil science, ecology, and geomorphology, to understand how natural landscapes of Washington have changed over time.
  • Geology Research Associate Dave Tucker on "Writing a Peoples' Natural History Guidebook: Geology Underfoot in Western Washington." Tucker wrote a geology guide designed for people who are interested in geology, but who may have little experience or training in the topic.Tucker’s book “Geology Underfoot in Western Washington” is described by Tucker as a “get-out-of-the-car-and-put-your-hands-on-the-rock sort of guide book,” packed with introductory geologic descriptions, color photographs and diagrams.