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AGS Lecturer Biographies [2003 Tours]
Dr. David J. Keeling is a Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon. Dr. Keeling's research interests include regional development, environmental change, global economics, and the impact of the Channel Tunnel on France and England. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in development geography and has published numerous books, articles, and reviews. Dr. Keeling lectures widely, and is very active in professional organizations. His travels include over 175 countries (approximately 2.5 million miles) through Europe, the Americas, the C.I.S., the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Dr. Keeling is currently a Councilor and the Webmaster of the American Geographical Society, and he has lectured on AGS-sponsored trips since 1995.
Dr. Dick Smith taught geography at Ohio's Miami University for forty years, having served as department chair for nine years. He completed his B.A. at Miami, and obtained his M.A. (1952) and Ph.D. (1957) from Northwestern University. Long concerned with urban and population issues, Dr. Smith's interests also include tourism and recreation planning, and focus on Western Europe and the United States. He and his wife have traveled widely, and make a point of returning frequently to the British Isles. Dick first visited Scotland in 1957 and has returned whenever possible. He has lived in Scotland, where he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (1978), as well as in England, where Dick taught at the University of Southampton. He and a British colleague developed an exchange arrangement for both faculty and students between Miami University and the University of Glasgow, which was active for two decades. In 1994 and 1995 he was a lecturer on tours of Scotland, England, and Wales. In retirement he is serving as Chair of Miami University's Institute for Learning in Retirement. He has organized its tour program and, in that capacity, he led a group of 27 to Scotland in May 2001. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Geographical Society, and he and his friend and colleague, Alistair Cruickshank, are the authors of the AGS' Winter 2001 issue of FOCUS on Geography entitled "Scotland (Alba)."
Dr. Brian Godfrey is a Professor of Geography at Vassar College. He earned his Bachelor's from Pomona College, and holds both a Masters and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Godfrey specializes in comparative urban and regional studies, as well as community development and sustainability. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright grant and a National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Godfrey is a Fellow of the American Geographical Society, and a member of several other professional organizations including the Association of American Geographers and the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. He was a member of the American Geographical Society Council for six years, and has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the AGS Geographical Review. His many published works include several contributions to the Geographical Review. Dr. Godfrey is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish, and he has lectured on several AGS tours in the past. He has done extensive research in South America and in Portugal, and looks forward to introducing Portugal's Duoro region to a new group of travelers.
Dr. Ernst Griffin is a Professor of Geography at San Diego State University, where he has taught
since 1972 and served as Chair of the Department from 1979-1992. Dr. Griffin earned his Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University, his Masters
from the University of Denver and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including four
Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Fellowships (two to Colombia, and one each to Uruguay and Argentina), and several Research Lectureships in South America
and the United States. Dr. Griffin's research has focused on urbanization, regional development and land-use modeling in Latin America. He has been a
member of several prestigious organizations, including the Commission on Geography with the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, and has
served in several capacities on different Fulbright Committees, including Chair of the Screening Committee for Senior Fulbright Lecturers and Researchers.
He speaks Spanish fluently and has spent an extensive amount of time in South America. Dr. Griffin has led numerous tours through the Chilean Fjords and
the Falkland Islands for the American Geographical Society in the past, and is enthusiastic about introducing the region to a new group of travelers.
He is a longtime Fellow of the AGS, and has contributed articles to the AGS' Geographical Review.
Dr. Robert H.T. Dodson first visited Antarctica in 1947-48 as one of the youngest members of the Ronne Expedition. As Chief Dog Team Driver, he spent more than 130 days on the trail as part of the expedition, which surveyed a large tract of unknown territory including the world's last major stretch of unexplored coastline. He received his Bachelors and MBA degrees from Harvard, and also holds a Masters degree from the Centre d'Etudes Industrielles in Geneva. He has lived and worked in Europe, India, Turkey, Morocco, and the Persian Gulf. As a mountaineer, he has climbed extensively in the Swiss Alps, has climbed Mts. Ararat and Kilimanjaro, and led an expedition in 1952 to the Sikkim Himalaya. For more than fifty years he has been a Fellow of the American Geographical Society, as well as a member of the American Alpine Club. He is a former president of the Antarctican Society, and is or has been a member of several other adventure-related organizations, including the Alpine Club (London), the Himalayan Club, the Swiss Alpine Club, and the Explorers Club. He first returned to Antarctica in 1987 as a lecturer for the American Geographical Society and has lectured on six more Antarctic voyages since then, covering a variety of topics including geography, geology, and the exploration history of Antarctica.
Click on 2003 Lecturer Bios for the biographies of Lecturers on the 2003 Tours, January through June.
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