Prof. Travis studies the interaction of nature and society, including the human dimensions of natural hazards, climate change, and land use and land cover. His current projects focus on: human response to extreme climate change; decision-making under climate uncertainty; and trends in climate hazards.
Societal aspects of natural hazards and climate change, risk and decision analysis
GEOG 1962 - Geographies of Global Change
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Familiarizes students with a geographic understanding of conflicts around the globe and of economic, political and cultural globalization. Analyzes the relationship between global forces, regions and local interests in contemporary territorial and geopolitical tensions and conflicts, emphasizing issues such as nationalism, migration, labor and natural resources. Formerly GEOG 2002.
GEOG 3402 - Natural Hazards
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
Explores the impacts of extreme geophysical events on human society. Emphasizes adaptations to extreme events and ways of reducing vulnerability and damage.
GEOG 4990 - Senior Thesis
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Offers thesis research under faculty supervision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
GEOG 5161 - Research Design in Geography
The human section reads and discusses contemporary research philosophies and methodologies in human geography. Practices the development of research proposals and presentation of research ideas and results. The physical section reads and discusses contemporary research philosophies and methodologies in physical geography (climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, and soils geography). Practices the development of research proposals and presentation of research ideas.