Dr. Christopher R. Laingen
Associate Professor, Geography
Frequently Taught CoursesGEO 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
EducationPhD, 2009, Kansas State University
MS, 2003, South Dakota State University
BS, 2001, South Dakota State University
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.
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 Presentations2016. 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)