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EIU Department of Geology and Geography


Dr. Christopher R. Laingen, Associate Professor, Geography

Office: 3065 - Physical Science
Phone: (217) 581-2999

Christopher Laingen's Vita
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Frequently Taught Courses

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


Doctor of Philosophy, 2009, Kansas State University
Master of Science, 2003, South Dakota State University
Bachelor of Science, 2001, South Dakota State University

Professional Organizations

Assocation of American Geographers ( American Geographical Society (
  • Editorial Board Member, FOCUS on Geography (2016-   )


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.

"The Development of the Agrarian Midwest." In Finding the Lost Region: Essays on a New Midwestern History, edited by J. Lauck, J. Hogan, and G. Whitney, University of Nebraska Press. (under contract)

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. American Farms, American Food. American Association of Geographers Regional Meeting, Marquette, MI (poster with John Hudson)

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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Department of Geology and Geography

Physical Science Building
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2626

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