Mark Welford, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Welford
Mark Welford, Ph.D.
Professor of Geography
Office: Herty, 2100E
- PhD, Geography, University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, 1993
- MS, Geography, University of Idaho, 1988
- BS, Geography, Coventry University, U.K., 1986
During my time at Georgia Southern I have actively participated in campus-wide discussions about the direction of the institution in a variety of forms:
- Serving on college-wide and university-wide committees (including four 3-year terms in the Faculty Senate, two 0ne-year terms as Secretary of the Faculty Senate, a year as Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee, two one-year terms as Faculty Senate Librarian, member of the Faculty Senate Executive Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Governance, member of the International Studies Curriculum and Global Citizen Certificate committees, Chair of College of Science and Mathematics (COSM) Faculty Governance Committee, Member of the Provost’s 2013 Faculty Salary Taskforce);
- Serving two one-year terms on the Senate Executive Committee and formulating academic policies with the support of Faculty Senate, Provost, and University President;
- Serving on an Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation support team (2004);
- Serving on Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) committee for 2013/14 SACS accreditation visit;
- Acting as both the geography program’s director for assessment and Quality Enhancement Program;
- Serving as a scientific voting member on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee;
- Chairing eight faculty searches for the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University;
- Writing proposals both for a BS and a BA Degree in Geography, and MS in Applied Geography;
- Chairing Georgia Southern’s Pathway to Success Study Team;
- Member of the 2013/2014 Complete College Georgia (CCG) university-wide committee, and;
- Director of the Geography graduate program.
Conservation, biogeography and geodynamics of Andean cloud forest; historic Atlantic hurricane frequency; and spatial epidemiology
Course responsibilities include World Regional Geography, Nature and Society, Biogeography, and Geography of Europe. Dr. Welford has taught in and been program director of twelve Study Abroad trips, seven to Ecuador of which four were co-taught with Dr. Yarbrough (2005, 2008, 2011, 2013), one to the Czech Republic (2006), one to Poland (2008), one to India (2015), and two to Lucca, Italy (2018, 2019). He also taught in three study abroad trips to London (2003, 2004, 2005).
Dr. Welford is currently an editorial board member for Professional Geographer – the forum and journal of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1986. In addition, Dr. Welford was a Standing Editorial Board member, Oxford Bibliographies Online 2011-2016; Member, SEDAAG Savannah Local Steering Committee 2009-2011; Member, AAG Committee on College Geography and Careers 2011-2014; Associate Editor, The Encyclopedia of Geography-SAGE volumes 1-6, 2008-2010 (RUSA 2011 Outstanding Reference Sources Award Winner); Academic Advisory Board Member for McGraw-Hill Geography 2008-present; Associate Editor, Journal of Geography 1998-2001.
Recent Funded Research Projects
- In review: CEPF-Conservation International Tropical Andes grant, $241,856. Innovation to Improve and Incentivize Reforestation and Ecosystem Services, NW-Pichincha. PI-MCF, partners, Welford and Yarbrough. 2018.
- Reconstructing Georgia’s Hurricane Record: A 260-year GIS Database of Coastal Impact (Georgia Sea Grant Program, 2012-2013)
Selected Publications in Preparation
- Welford, MR, Barilla, AG, Hladik, C. 2018. Christmas Bird Count data from NW Ecuador illustrate altitudinal shifts among bird species in response to regional-scale climate change and deforestation. PLOS ONE. Accepted June 24, 2017, revised & resubmitted Nov 8, 2017, rejected April, 2018; in progress – Frontiers of Biogeography.
- Welford, MR, Grossman, JM, Barilla, AG, Diedesch, T, Davis, S, 2018. Are species-area relationships really species-geologic age relationships? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. In progress.
- Welford, MR, Yarbrough, R, 2019. Human-Environment Interactions: An Introduction. Palgrave, UK. Contract due Dec 2019.
- Welford, MR, Barilla, AG 2018. Collapse of the Andean Lapwing populations across Ecuador. Cons. Biol. In progress.
- Yarbrough, R, Coles, A, Welford, MR, 2018. From Pastures to Private Protected Areas to Socio Bosque: Contested Geographies of Ecotourism and Development in Northwestern Ecuador. Professional Geographer. In progress.
Publications (2007 or later):
- Welford, MR, 2018. Geographies of Plague Pandemics: The Spatial-Temporal Behavior of Plague to the Modern Day. Routledge, U.K.
- Welford, MR, Bossak, BH, Gibney, E, 2017, Archival evidence of secular changes in Georgia hurricanes: 1750-2012. Invited chapter in Hurricanes and Climate Change Vol 3: Springer eds Collins, JM and Walsh, K.
- Welford, MR, Yarbrough, R 2015, Serendipitous Conservation: Impacts of Oil Pipeline Construction in rural northwestern Ecuador. Journal of The Extractive Industries and Society. doi:10.1016/j.exis.2015.07.005.
- Bossak, BH, Welford, MR 2015, Spatio-temporal characteristics of the medieval Black Death. In Spatial Analysis in Health Geography eds Kanaroglou, Demelle and Paez. Ashgate.U.K.
- Bossak BH, Keihany, S, Mullis, D, Gibnery, E, Welford MR. 2014, Coastal Georgia is Not Immune: Hurricane History, 1851-2012. Southeastern Geographer 54 (3): 323-333.
- Welford, MR, 2013, Physical Geography. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Geography. http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/. Published Mar 20, 2013. Updated Aug 2015.
- Welford, MR, Barilla, AG, 2013, Is Neotropical Conservation sold-short: diminishing returns for birding suggest ecolodges could encourage longer stays. Journal of Nature Conservation 21: 401-405. doi: 10.1016/j.jnc.2013.05.002
- Durden, LA, Welford, MR 2011. Rapid Assessment of Elevational Zonation and Biodiversity in Ecuadorian Butterfly Faunas. Southern Lepidopterists’ News 33 (2): 60-69.
- Welford MR, Bossak BH 2010. Body Lice, Yersinia pestis Orientalis, and Black Death (Letter to Editor), Emerging Infectious Diseases 16 (10): Article ID: 10-0683. doi: 10.3201/eid1610.100683.
- Bossak BH, Welford MR 2010. Spatiotemporal Attributes of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases. Geography Compass 4 (8): 1084-1096.doi:10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00355.x
- Welford MR, Bossak BH 2010. Revisiting the Medieval Black Death of 1347-1351: Spatiotemporal Dynamics Suggestive of an Alternate Causation. Geography Compass 4 (6): 561-575. doi 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00335.x
- Welford MR, Bossak BH 2009. Validation of Inverse Seasonal Peak Mortality in Medieval Plagues, including the Black Death, in Comparison to Modern Yersinia pestis-variant Diseases. PLoS ONE 4 (12): e8401. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008401
- Bossak BH, Welford MR 2009. Did Medieval Trade Activity and a Viral Etiology Control the Spatial Extent and Seasonal Distribution of Black Death Mortality? Medical Hypotheses 72: 749-752.
- Dykes AP, Welford MR 2007. Landslides in the Tandayapa Valley, northern Andes, Ecuador: implications for landform development in humid and tectonically active mountain ranges. Landslides 4 (2): 177-187.
Last updated: 9/18/2018