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Jess Walker Symposium – January 15, 2016

The LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, in collaboration with the LSU Libraries, will host a symposium to honor the distinguished career of H. Jess Walker. The symposium will take place on January 15, 2016 in the Hill Memorial Library.

To honor Professor Walker, Several of his former students will pay tribute to their mentor, and library staff will discuss the numerous donations he made to the special collections. The featured speaker will be Diane Horn, Reader in Coastal Geomorphology in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Development Studies at the University of London. She has published on the topics of beach formation processes and also coastal flood insurance. Her lecture will also serve as the Department’s annual Pruitt Lecture. Details forthcoming.

Professor passed away in May 2015, but he left a significant legacy based on his nearly five decades with the LSU faculty. Walker was a Boyd Professor and one of the most celebrated geographers in a department with a proud tradition. Among his numerous laurels, he received the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Distinguished Career Award from the Association of American Geographers.

He earned his global reputation as productive scholar in arctic coastal geomorphology. He is perhaps best known for his intensive research program on the Colville River Delta in Alaska which helped open the north slope to oil development. He also carried out research in Japan, China, and Mauritius.

Plans are also underway to mount a fund-raising effort to create a fund to honor Walker’s career and dedication to LSU Geography.

Please make plans to attend.

Contact: Craig Colten,