Karen Barton

Karen Barton and familyKaren Barton, Associate Professor
Department of Geography & GIS
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Candelaria Hall 2249
Campus Box 115
Greeley, Colorado 80639
(970) 351-4620

Dr. Barton has a B.A. in Social Ecology (with a minor in Criminology) from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D, both in Geography, from the University of Arizona. Before moving to Colorado, she was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and has since taught courses in world geography, sustainable development, nature and society, South America, and Study Abroad. Her research interests focus on the intersection of nature and culture, and the resultant resource conflicts surrounding contested nature-society interactions.  Over the past several years she has been studying the millennial generation and the complex ways in which technology mediates millennials’ relationship to nature.  Alongside her colleague Chuck Collins, Dr. Barton is also conducting field- work to better understand community adaptations to “food deserts” in eastern Colorado. 

Dr. Barton grew up in New Jersey, and has lived and worked in various parts of the world, including California, Arizona, New Zealand, Wisconsin, the U.K., and China.  Her hobbies are bicycle touring, running, swimming, and spending time with her husband, son, and 8-year old black lab mix.

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