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Release: Sept. 18, 2001

UI professor appointed to U.S. Geological Survey committee

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- George Malanson, professor of geography in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) to the National Academy of Sciences/NRC Committee on Research Priorities in Geography at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for a term of two years.

As a committee member, he will help set research priorities for the USGS, where geography is used extensively and is one of the organization's four major divisions/disciplines. The others are biology, geology, and hydrology.

Malanson, who received his doctorate from UCLA in 1983 and joined the UI faculty in 1985, has research interests in biogeography, landscape ecology, modeling and geographic information systems. Much of his ongoing fieldwork is based in the northern Rocky Mountains, where he is interested in patterns and processes at alpine treeline and in montane wetlands.