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Oct. 30: Geography Colloquium to Feature National Experts on Climate Observation

Diane Stanitski and John Adler will discuss "Observational Geography: Technology and Applications for our World."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 10-30-2015

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato's Department of Geography will host two national experts on climate observation on Friday, Oct. 30 from 3-4:15 p.m. on campus in Armstrong Hall, Room 101 in a presentation that's part of the department's Geography Colloquia Series.

Diane Stanitski from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and John Adler, captain (retired) of the NOAA Corps and National Ecological Observatory Network (funded by the National Science Foundation), will discuss "Observational Geography: Technology and Applications for our World."

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Don Friend, professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Geography, by phone at 507-389-2617 or by email at

About Stanitski:
Diane Stanitski is a program manager in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office, and a physical scientist at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. Her primary role involves overseeing long-term ocean observations around the world to improve our understanding of changing climate. Stanitski also provides support to the US Global Change Research Program, coordinating NOAA's climate efforts with other federal agencies and she conducts research on the duration of the annual snow-free season in Barrow, Alaska.

Before joining NOAA, Stanitski was an educator for 15 years, as a professor of physical geography at Shippensburg University, at the University of Colorado, and at the United States Naval Academy. She has written four children’s science books, and is currently working on two others about climate and ocean instrumentation. Her career includes research conducted in the Outback of Australia, the depths of the Grand Canyon, and on the summit of the Greenland Ice Sheet. She received her master’s and doctorate in geography from Arizona State University.

About Adler:
John Adler currently works for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) conducting airborne remote sensing missions over various biomes throughout the United States utilizing LIDAR and hyperspectral systems. Captain Adler recently retired after 26 years of service with the NOAA Corps and the U.S. Navy, where he served as an aerial navigator and satellite engineer. He obtained his doctorate in Geography from the University of Colorado, and he holds a master’s in space systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Adler has utilized various platforms to conduct earth observations, including autonomous underwater vehicles, manned and unmanned aircraft, in-situ towers, and space-borne satellites. His varied scientific operations have taken him to the North and South Poles, in addition to logging 85 hurricane eyewall penetrations.

About the Geography Colloquium
The Geography Colloquium is the longest running speaker series at Minnesota State Mankato. It was begun in the 1890s by Miss Defransa Swann, lead geography instructor at the Mankato Normal School. The colloquium is offered every Friday afternoon fall semester, where students are treated to presentations by world-class scholars. Recent presenters include an Academy Award-winning film actor and director, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Resources, the deputy director of United States Agency for International Development, presidents of the American Geographical Society and Association of American Geographers and the founder of the first hospice in a prison anywhere in the world.

The Department of Geography at Minnesota State Mankato is part of the University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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