Mark Welford, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Welford

Mark Welford, Ph.D.
Professor of Geography
Office: Herty, 2100E
Phone: 912-478-1154

Academic Background

  • PhD, Geography, University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, 1993
  • MS, Geography, University of Idaho, 1988
  • BS, Geography, Coventry University, U.K., 1986

College Leadership

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.


Research Interests

Conservation, biogeography and geodynamics of Andean cloud forest; historic Atlantic hurricane frequency; and spatial epidemiology

Teaching Interests

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).

Professional Activities

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.

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Last updated: 9/18/2018

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY • P.O. Box 8149 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0667