Announcement Date: January 19, 2010
The Geographical Review publishes its 100th volume. Each issue contains essays commenting on the journal’s longstanding contributions to geographical knowledge and scholarship.
The winners of the McColl Family Fellowship for 2010 are Chie Sakakibara and Kim Diver. This fellowship provides its recipients with a plane ticket to their research site. Dr. Sakakibara, a post doctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute at the time, used her fellowship to travel to Pico Island, a major historical whaling center in the Azores, in order to explore the way the people of the Azores have adapted their traditional cultural relationship with the sperm whale in light of climate change. Dr. Diver, a visiting scholar at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, intends to use the fellowship to travel to Panama. The fellowship allowed Dr. Diver to collect data on insular plants that can be used to test updated models of island biogeography that allow broader and more functional application, particularly as such places face effects of climate change.