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Dr. Christopher R. Laingen

Dr. Christopher R. Laingen

Associate Professor, Geography

Office: 3065 - Physical Science
Phone: (217) 581-2999
Email: crlaingen@eiu.edu

Christopher Laingen's Vita

Frequently Taught Courses

GEO 1120G - The Natural Environment
GEO 1400G - Weather and Climate
GEO 3000 - Geography of Illinois (online)
GEO 3025 - Regional Geography of The U.S. and Canada
GEO 3310 - Introduction to Biogeography
GEO 3320 - Natural Resource Conservation
GEO 3330 - Agricultural Geography
GEO 3340 - Land Change Science
GEO 3810 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Education

PhD, 2009, Kansas State University
MS, 2003, South Dakota State University
BS, 2001, South Dakota State University

Research

My research involves assessing multi-decadal trends of rural and agricultural land use change in the conterminous U.S. and describing the complex web of socio-ecological driving forces that cause them.  I rely highly upon land use and land cover change data products derived from remotely-sensed satellite imagery, as well as more traditional types of data such as those from the quinquennial U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture.

Selected Publications

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2016. Hudson, J.C., and Laingen, C.R. American Farms, American Food: A Geography of Agriculture and Food Production in the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. In Press.

2015. Laingen, C.R. Measuring Cropland Change: A Cautionary Tale. Papers in Applied Geography, 1(1) 65-72. DOI: 10.1080/23454931.2015.1009305.

2015. Auch, R.F., and C.R. Laingen. Having it Both Ways?: Land Use Change in a U.S. Midwestern Agricultural Ecoregion. The Professional Geographer 67(1): 84-97.  DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2014.921015.

2013. Auch, R.F., C.R. Laingen, M.A. Drummond, K.L. Sayler, R.R. Reker, M.A. Bouchard, and J.J. Danielson. Land Use and Land Cover Change in Three Corn Belt Ecoregions. FOCUS on Geography 56(4): 135-143.  DOI: 10.1111/foge.12022.

2011. Laingen, C.R. Historic and Contemporary Trends of the Conservation Reserve Program and Ring-Necked Pheasants in South Dakota. Great Plains Research 21(1): 95-103.

Selected Conference Presentations

2016. The Geography of Sorghum in the United States. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (organizer/chair/presenter)

2015. The Corn Belt's Quiet Transformation. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (organizer/chair/presenter)

2014. Measuring Cropland Change: A Cautionary Tale. Applied Geography Conference, Atlanta, GA (chair/presenter)

2013. Agricultural Change in the James River Valley of North and South Dakota
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (organizer/chair/presenter)

2012. Mapping the Corn Belt: 1950 to 2007. Applied Geography Conference, Minneapolis, MN (chair/presenter)


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