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Chris Laingen

Associate 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.

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    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

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    Phone: 217-581-2999

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