Dr. Christopher R. Laingen
Associate Professor, Geography
Office: 3065 - Physical Science
Phone: (217) 581-2999
EducationPhD, 2009, Kansas State University
MS, 2003, South Dakota State University
BS, 2001, South Dakota State University
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ResearchMy 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 PublicationsPeer-reviewed [5 most recent]
2016. Laingen, C.R. A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Sorghum in the United States. Papers in Applied Geography, 1(4) 307-311.
2015. Laingen, C.R. Measuring Cropland Change: A Cautionary Tale. Papers in Applied Geography, 1(1) 65-72.
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.
2014. Laingen, C.R. A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Changing Agricultural Landscapes of the Dakotas. FOCUS on Geography 57(1): 41-42.
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.