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DGES is pleased to announce that Todd Fagin has been hired as Executive Associate Director of the Center for Spatial Analysis.


Todd Fagin is a geographer with an interest in biogeography, landscape ecology, GIS applications, and emerging geospatial technologies. His research broadly falls under the category of land systems science, exploring the causes and consequences of land use/land cover change, particularly in the Southern Great Plains, as well as changes in species distributions largely due to anthropogenic factors.


Todd received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. Subsequently, he has held several academic positions, including as a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City Community College, and a lecturer at the University of Oklahoma.


Prior to coming to the Center for Spatial Analysis, Todd worked as a conservation data analyst for the Oklahoma Natural Heritage Inventory, a program of the Oklahoma Biological Survey.


DGES faculty member, Dr. Laurel Smith, a white settler scholar, and Loren Waters, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe, have been collaborating for five years. Most recently, with funding from the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences, and the Tribal TAB Program at Kansas State University, Laurel and Loren coproduced the short film Restoring Néške'emāne.

Restoring Néške'emāne screened in the deadCenter Film Festival, June 9-12 in Oklahoma City. As Oklahoma’s biggest festival and an Oscar-qualifying event, it is an enormous honor and accomplishment to be accepted into deadCenter.


For more information about the film and its three showings at the festival, visit this website. To learn more about the collaboration between Loren and Laurel, see the story about the Native Crossroads screening on Page 26 in the Norman Magazine, and listen to Loren's discussion of the film in this podcast associated with the North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival.

DGES Research Assistant Professor, Tom Mueller, was featured in a recent KOCO news story.

This story touches on the issues associated with people moving away from rural Oklahoma towns. Read more here and watch the video below: