When Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a UT professor of geography, heard about the forest fires threatening Gatlinburg, he was not surprised. For years, Grissino-Mayer has been giving talks throughout Tennessee and the Southeast on the subject “Will Our Great Smoky Mountains One Day Go Up in Flames?”
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The Knoxville News Sentinel and the Tennessean spoke to Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, about the possible connection between the drought in the region and the wildfires.
Geography is more than maps, terrains, and places. It’s also history, climate change, human rights, population, transportation, and human behavior. With Geography Awareness Week beginning today, here’s a look at some fascinating—and very diverse—research being done by UT geographers.
The Department of Geography was a force to be reckoned with at the Southeastern division of the Association of American Geographers annual meeting held in November in Athens, Georgia. For the second straight year, the department received multiple awards.
The work of Geography Professor Henri Grissino-Mayer is getting ample media coverage. The media are covering the recent death of a 7-foot-tall Douglas fir, nicknamed Yoda, estimated to be more than 650 years old. Grissino-Mayer said the death is a testament to the severity of today’s drought, according to NBC News. A core sample obtained
A cross section of a tree owned by Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, was used in a class presentation at Talbott Elementary School in Jefferson County. Almost two years ago, tree fell on a church in Knoxville.