Amazon distribution center provides lessons for promoting economic development

This post first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. Something extraordinary is unfolding on 118 acres of land in the northwest corner of Mahan and I-10 in Tallahassee. It’s not just the 2.8 million square foot building, or the $200 million worth of concrete, steel, piping, and engineering. The sprawling Amazon fullment center may well be…

Meet a Social Scientist: Sarah Lester from the Department of Geography

Why did you decide to become an academic? Honestly, I’ve never been someone who was necessarily set on becoming an academic. I earned my PhD in marine ecology, but was always most interested in and motivated by research questions with implications for marine conservation, natural resource management, and marine policy. My early exposure to academia…

Meet a Social Scientist: Xiao Feng from the Department of Geography

Why did you decide to become an academic?Being a scientist is cool. When I was young, I like nature and the diverse natural creatures, and I also love seeing maps, which leads to me to study biogeography and how biodiversity is distributed across the world. What do you find most fulfilling about your job?It is…

Research Spotlight: Urban Remote Sensing (2nd edition)

Remote sensing is the technology of acquiring information about the environment through interpreting energy patterns recorded by sensors mounted on various aerospace platforms. While this technology has traditionally been the colony of geoscience and national security communities, its relatively recent applications to the urban environment (urban remote sensing) have been predominately driven by the innovations…

Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published. “The Conditional Nature of Political Risk: How Home Institutions Influence the Location of Foreign Direct Investment” by Dr. Quintin Beazer and Daniel J. Blake In his…

Swarming tornadoes

This post first appeared on the Florida State University’s Department of Geography News & Chair’s Blog. The violent winds of tornadoes are one of the most dangerous natural hazards on Earth. While relatively rare in any one location they often occur in swarms. I’ve been working with graduate student Zoe Schroder to answer the question of whether…