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Chris Laingen

Assistant Professor, Geography



My research interests are the American rural and agricultural landscape, specifically the changing agricultural land use of the northwestern Corn Belt in the Dakotas.  More broadly, I am interested in defining - in simple terms - what some of the coupled human and natural socio-economic drivers are that have caused, are causing, and will continue to cause change on the rural landscape.  These include shifts in climate, technology, trade, and economics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Demographics/Census
  • Environment
  • Geography

Education

PhD, Geography - Kansas State University (2009)
MS, Geography - South Dakota State University (2003)
BS, Geography, minor in GIScience - South Dakota State University (2001)

Research Interests

Rural and Agricultural Geography
Socioeconomic Drivers of LULC Change
Land Use and Upland Bird Populations
Agriculture and Conservation

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-2999
Email: crlaingen@eiu.edu


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